How To Effectively Deep-Clean And Freshen Your Mattress Without Using Bleach

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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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

You’ll need:

  • 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)


  1. Wearing gloves, mix the hydrogen and the baking soda in a bowl.
  2. Once the baking soda is fully dissolved, add 1 or 2 drops of liquid soap or detergent and mix again.
  3. Pour the liquid into an empty spray bottle. Use immediately.

To use:

  1. Shake the bottle and spray directly onto any stains or discolorations.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


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