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Mattress cleaning: how to deep clean with baking soda – complete guide

You can sleep on your mattress every night, but how often do you clean it properly? Mattresses can be a difficult household item to clean, with many types of mattresses not really suitable for getting wet.

Memory foam, for example, is not designed to get wet at all.

Likewise, soaking your mattress or applying lots of water directly to it can promote mold growth inside.

However, cleaning your mattress doesn’t have to mean having to pay for expensive specialized cleaning products.

According to Jonathan Warren, director of bed specialist Time4Sleep, the answer to a “deep clean” could be hidden in your kitchen cupboard.

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Mr Warren said: ‘No matter how good your sheets and mattress pad are, it’s very important that you also pay attention to the mattress to avoid unsanitary sleeping conditions and poor air quality.’

The answer to a fresh, clean mattress might lie in baking soda, also known as baking soda.

Although traditionally used as a leavening agent in baking, white powder also has many versatile cleaning uses around the home.

Priced under £1 in supermarkets like Asda and Lidl, this organic cleaning agent won’t break the bank.

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Mr Warren said: “Take off your bed linen and vacuum the surface of your mattress to get rid of any dirt or debris.

“For a real deep clean, sprinkle baking soda on your mattress and leave it on for up to 24 hours before vacuuming again.

“This will act as a deodorizer and help get rid of lingering odors.”

Mr Warren said: “Take off your bed linen and vacuum the surface of your mattress to get rid of any dirt or debris.

“For a real deep clean, sprinkle baking soda on your mattress and leave it on for up to 24 hours before vacuuming again.

“This will act as a deodorizer and help get rid of lingering odors.”

Why does baking soda work for cleaning mattresses?

The reason baking soda is so good for cleaning mattresses is because the natural powder absorbs moisture and odor-causing particles.

While it sits, the baking soda will eliminate odors by removing dirt and moisture.

Once it’s done working its magic, the baking soda can simply be vacuumed or swept up, so there’s no need to use water.

A step-by-step guide to cleaning your mattress with baking soda

Start by clearing your duvet, pillows and sheets from your bed. Put all removable sheets and pillowcases in the washing machine.

Next, vacuum any dirt, dust, or debris on the surface of the mattress.

Make sure the suction nozzle is clean, as you don’t want to transfer dirt or bacteria to the mattress.

Be sure to vacuum any crevices, seams, or mold on the mattress to remove any surface dust.

If there are stains on your mattress, apply a stain remover to those areas.

You can buy a store-bought upholstery cleaner or make your own by mixing a teaspoon of mild dish detergent and a cup of water in a spray bottle.

Next, apply between one and three cups of baking soda to your mattress.

Be sure to generously cover the entire surface of the mattress, especially if it’s been a while since your last deep cleaning.

Let the mattress rest for a while. If your room gets lots of natural light, it can help speed up the cleaning process.

Some people may even choose to move their mattress to a sunny location or outdoors in the summer.

Once your baking soda has been allowed to sit, vacuum the entire surface making sure to suck up all the powder.

Flip the mattress over and repeat the process on the other side for a thorough cleaning.