How to clean a mattress… with kids this can become quite the challenge. Between toileting accidents, sickness, general messes and sweaty, dirty kids, it’s something that needs to be done more often for our little ones. But how can you clean a mattress? Our kids spend more than a third of their lives on their mattresses, keep them fresh and encourage a great night sleep with this simple trick!
How To Clean A Mattress
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A friend once told me she rarely ever bathed her kids. Her reasoning was that her kids never really got dirty or stinky. I was shocked. My kids are so active, they are in the dirt and getting so sweaty every single day. As they get older, and we creep ever closer to double digits and the dreaded puberty, the stink factor is increasing.
But even with bathing regularly there are nights the kids go to bed without a shower or bath.
Or they have nightmares or are sick and get night sweats or worse yet, get sick in their beds.
Or my youngest still struggles with night time dryness. The protector doesn’t always protect as well as I hope.
There are many reasons their mattresses can become less than fresh. The main one being that they simply spend so much of their day laying on it! But how do you clean a mattress? It’s not like you can toss it outside to air on the clothesline or put it through the washing machine, but there are things you can do to keep a mattress fresh.
When I discovered this trick, I learned a little something else. On the days when I do it, my scent focused, sensory son falls asleep easier and faster. He loves having a fresh scented bed.
There are two methods I use for keeping the mattresses fresh. Each has their own time and place.
Method #1 – Vinegar and Water in a spray.
Simple and effective for those BIG messes. Mix 1 cup of vinegar with 3 cups of water. Spray down mattresses that are soiled due to vomiting, blood, toileting accidents, spills, or just really, really smelly. Place dry towels over the top and press down to soak up the moisture. Repeat until the towels are no longer pulling up moisture. Allow to air dry completely before putting the sheets back on.
Sometimes the vinegar may not be enough. In the case of really severe staining and messes, I find this store bought solution to be the best. It neutralizes all the odors and is great at removing stains. This stuff has saved me many times, including red wine on my favorite white chair once! I always keep a bottle handy for emergencies that my natural solutions can’t solve. I rarely need it, but when I do I’m so thankful I have it!
Method #2 – Baking Soda and Essential Oils
This is my “go to” mattresses freshener and I do it once a month to keep things smelling fresh. In a small container mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda with 3 drops of your favorite essential oil. My boys love it when I use citrus blends like orange and lemon. It helps them sleep on the days I do a freshening. Sprinkle the scented baking soda over the mattress and let sit for an hour. Then vacuum the mattress thoroughly. Lay down and take a deep breath! Ahhhh! Freshness!
I hope these tricks help you keep your mattresses smelling fresh and clean.