3 effective methods for cleaning your mattress naturally

We spend a third of our lives sleeping, so it's no surprise that over the years our mattresses have gotten some wear and tear. Whether it's body fluids from kids getting sick in the night or having an accident, or just regular old body sweat and oils, the surface of your mattress can easily become stained and smelly.
Now, it's time to stop ignoring all those stains and smells and just throwing the sheets on top. Clean your mattress once and for all with these totally natural and easy DIY's. Plus, our first tutorial shows you how to keep your mattress looking, feeling and smelling fresh between the big cleans or accidents. Check it out:
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1. The seasonal freshening up
The folks over at The Spruce know a thing or two about keeping a home fresh and tidy, and we love their solution for giving your mattress a bit of a seasonal facelift to keep it clean. Their solution is to sprinkle your mattress with an essential oil and baking soda combination that's going to lighten any minor stains while leaving the mattress smelling better-than-new. Here's what you'll need to do:
- Strip off all the bedding from the mattress and toss it into the washing machine while you get to work on the mattress itself.
- Vacuum the entire mattress. Get the top, sides, underneath and even between the box springs if you have someone to help out.
- Mix one cup of baking soda with a few drops of essential lavender oil in a bowl, and then sift it through a strainer to mix it all up.
- Sprinkle the fragranced baking soda evenly over the entire mattress and let it sit while you finish washing and drying your bedding.
- Finally, vacuum the baking soda off the mattress and add your newly washed linens right on top.
2. Removing yellow stains
If you're looking to clean up a child's nighttime accident or get rid of unsightly sweat stains that form over time, you're going to want to try this stain-fighting solution also by The Spruce.
- Strip the bed
- Mix one cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide, three tablespoons of baking soda and just a few drops of regular liquid dish soap. Stir it all together until it is totally dissolved.
- Pour or funnel your mixture into a spray bottle, and then spray the entire stained area of the mattress
- Leave the solution on for about an hour so that it soaks in, then dries up.
- Afterwards, you should see the stains lightened or completely gone thanks to the hard-working cleaning agents in the solution.
3. The steam clean
This is one of the most effective and eco-friendly ways to clean your mattress. If you can get your hands on a steamer, it's going to disinfect your mattress, lift stains and eliminate pesky odors -- all without chemicals.
Foam Nights says it's important to make sure on your mattress's instructions to ensure steam cleaning is ok and be sure to give your mattress 2-6 hours to fully dry before putting the sheets back on and going to bed. Here's how you do it:
- Strip your bed
- Vacuum the bed to get rid of any dust or debris
- Heat up your cleaner
- Blast the steam onto the surface of the entire mattress
- Let dry for 2-6 hours
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