Although most people clean their bed sheets every week, it’s rare for people to think of washing their mattress even just once a month.
Most mattress-cleaning options available on the market contain harsh chemicals and bleach, which release toxic fumes (1).
Since you spend a third of your life sleeping, these toxins can really build-up in your body over time and cause respiratory or inflammatory conditions.
Thankfully, hydrogen peroxide works just as well as bleach in disinfecting your mattress and removing stains.
Although concentrations of 35% hydrogen peroxide and higher can have devastating health effect, 3% is safe to use (2).
How To Clean Your Mattress
- Rubber gloves
- 250 ml of 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 3 tbs. of baking soda
- A drop of liquid soap or a detergent
- A stainless steal bowl
- A 300ml spray bottle (or bigger)
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- Wearing gloves, mix the hydrogen and the baking soda in a bowl.
- Once the baking soda is fully dissolved, add 1 or 2 drops of liquid soap or detergent and mix again.
- Pour the liquid into an empty spray bottle. Use immediately.
- Shake the bottle and spray directly onto any stains or discolorations.
- Let the foam work its magic and leave it to air dry. You can speed up this process by using a small fan. Make sure to let your mattress dry completely to avoid any mold or mildew invasion.
- Once dry, vacuum your mattress to clean up any baking soda residue.
For stubborn stains, make a paste of 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide mixed with 1 tbsp. each of liquid dish soap and table salt. Rub it into the stain and let it dry.
Vacuum the residue and dab at any remaining stain with a white rag dipped into hydrogen peroxide, twisting the rag as you lift it off the stain.
You should clean your mattress every 4 months. You can also vacuum it to get rid of allergens and dust every time you wash your sheets. To protect your mattress from future stains, consider purchasing a waterproof washable mattress cover.