The Best Way to Clean Your Mattress

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How to Clean Your Mattress

Remember to clean more than just your bedsheets
The Best Way to Clean Your Mattress

© Ekaterina Platonova/

If you’re spending more time at home, one productive way to pass the time is to do some deep-cleaning around the house. It’s smart to clean some of the dirtiest places in your home, but there’s probably one thing you may not have thought to clean before: your mattress.

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Your mattress is just one of those items you never thought to clean but really should. Mattresses can harbor dust mites, dirt, hair and other kinds of debris. Even if you take a shower every night, it is natural that you leave behind dead skin cells, saliva, mucus and more that can also get trapped on your sheets and mattress.

Since cleaning your mattress can be time-consuming, you should deep-clean your mattress at least once a year. If you use a mattress pad to protect the mattress, that should be washed at least twice a year. If you suffer from allergies or love to snuggle with your dog at night, you should probably clean your mattress pad more regularly.

So how do you deep-clean your mattress? The first step is to remove all of the sheets, pillowcases and mattress covers. Throw those in the washer while you begin the process of cleaning your mattress. Then, vacuum the entire surface and sides of the mattress using the upholstery tool. Make sure to get in between the seams and in small crevices.

Noticed a stain from when you accidentally spilled your favorite cocktail while watching the season finale of a hit show in bed? This is a great opportunity to clean that right up. A natural cleaning solution that can remove mattress stains is one part dish soap and two parts hydrogen peroxide. Use a cloth to blot the stain, then let it sit for 10 minutes and gently blot again to lift the stain. Finally, use hot water to finish blotting.

After removing any stains, sprinkle baking soda over the entire bed and leave it for several hours. The baking soda will help break down any remaining moisture and odors. In the meantime, you can do other chores around the house and organize other spaces. Then, vacuum off the baking soda. Flip your mattress and repeat the same steps over again.


Not only will deep cleaning your mattress make you feel proud of yourself, but it will also probably help you get a better night of sleep. However, your room can’t be the only place you clean in a messy house. Here’s how you can deep-clean your entire home.