How to clean a mattress with natural products?


We spend many hours each night on our mattresses. It is therefore essential to be sure to sleep on a clean and healthy support. Unfortunately, the mattress is also a nest for bacteria and dust mites and the fact that it cannot be machine-washed limits the possibilities of cleaning, disinfecting and deodorizing it effectively. The good news is that there are natural solutions to take care of the hygiene of your mattress. Let’s do a check in.

What natural products to clean a mattress?

Baking soda

In a basin, mix 250 g of baking soda and 5 drops of tea tree essential oil. Sprinkle the paste on the surface of the mattress. Leave on for an hour, then turn the mattress over and repeat the operation. Leave for an hour again. Finish with a vacuum to remove everything.

Soda crystals

Soda crystals are effective in cleaning a large number of surfaces and textiles that cannot be machine washed. It is enough to dilute in a basin filled with a liter of hot water approximately 3 tablespoons of soda crystals. Soak a sponge in this mixture and rub the mattress over its entire surface so as not to form halos.

Then rinse with a clean sponge impregnated with hot water and then pre-dry with dry terry towels that you will rub on the surface. Then leave to air dry.

White vinegar

In a basin, mix 3 glasses of hot water and 1 glass of white vinegar. Soak a sponge in it and scrub the mattress. Then rinse with a clean damp cloth and dry by rubbing the mattress with a clean dry cloth. Finish with air drying.

Dishwashing liquid

In a liter of hot water, dilute 10 drops of dishwashing liquid. With a washcloth soaked in the mixture, scrub the mattress without soaking it. Finish by drying with absorbent terry towels and allow to air dry.

What natural products to disinfect a mattress?

Household alcohol

Dilute 1 liter of household alcohol in 3 liters of water. Add 5 to 10 drops of lemon essential oil, known for its disinfectant and fragrant properties. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray it on the mattress. Let it air dry.

Tea tree essential oil

The essential oil of tea tree is disinfectant. Dilute 10 drops in a mixture of water and baking soda. Pour into a spray bottle and diffuse over the surface. Leave to act and then let air dry.

A blend of essential oils

In a spray bottle, dilute in 1/2 liter of hot water 10 drops of each of the following essential oils: palmarosa, lemongrass, lemongrass and lemon.

What natural products to deodorize a mattress?

Over time, a mattress can emit bad odors, including sweat or humidity. Here are our natural tips to remedy it.

Baking soda

Cleaner and disinfectant, baking soda is also a deodorant since it absorbs bad odors. Simply sprinkle it over the entire surface of the mattress and let it act for at least 4 hours, or even all day or all night ideally. Pick up the residue with a vacuum cleaner. You can mix 5-10 drops of mint or eucalyptus essential oil with baking soda to leave a good scent on the mattress.

The land of Sommières and white clay

Combined, these two fine powders form a natural deodorant. Mix some in a basin and sprinkle on the surface of the mattress. Leave on and then vacuum to remove them. Be careful, because the earth of Sommières can be toxic when breathed.

What are the right things to do before cleaning your mattress?

Before you start cleaning your mattress, we recommend that you take certain precautions.

  • Always protect yourself with gloves. Even though they are natural products, some can be harsh on the skin when used pure. Protect your hands to avoid irritating them.
  • Avoid soaking your mattress when you wet it. Only use sponges or well wrung cloths so that the water does not penetrate deeply.
  • Never pour water directly on the mattress.
  • Always rub the entire surface of the mattress and not just a single part, even if your goal is to remove localized stains. Otherwise, you will leave halos when drying.
  • We recommend that you act as soon as you get up, as early as possible in the morning, and preferably in good weather, this in order to allow your mattress to have all day to dry. Ventilate your room well and, if you can, let the mattress dry in the sun. Note that the latter is a natural disinfectant!
  • If your mattress is still wet at bedtime, don’t cover it with sheets. We advise you to blow dry it or find another solution until it is completely dry.
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