We spend many hours on our mattress every night. It is therefore essential to be sure to sleep on a clean and healthy support. Unfortunately, the mattress is also a breeding ground 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?
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 for an hour, then turn the mattress over and repeat the operation. Leave again for an hour. Finish with a vacuuming to remove everything.
Soda crystals are effective for cleaning a large number of surfaces and textiles that cannot be machine washed. Just dilute in a basin filled with one liter of hot water about 3 tablespoons of soda crystals. Soak a sponge in this mixture and rub the mattress over its entire surface so as not to form rings.
Then rinse with a clean sponge soaked in hot water then pre-dry with dry terry towels that you will rub on the surface. Then leave to air dry.
In a basin, mix 3 glasses of hot water and 1 glass of white vinegar. Dip a sponge in it and scrub the mattress. Then rinse with a clean damp cloth and then dry by rubbing the mattress with a dry, clean cloth. Finish by air drying.
In a liter of hot water, dilute 10 drops of dishwashing liquid. With a washcloth soaked in the mixture, rub the mattress without soaking it. Finish by drying with absorbent terry towels and let air dry.
Which natural products to disinfect a mattress?
Dilute 1 liter of rubbing 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 air dry.
Tea tree essential oil
Tea tree essential oil 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 then allow to air dry.
A blend of essential oils
In a spray bottle, dilute 10 drops of each of the following essential oils in 1/2 liter of hot water: palmarosa, lemongrass, lemongrass and lemon.
What natural products to deodorize a mattress?
Over time, a mattress can give off bad odors, especially from perspiration or humidity. Here are our natural tips to remedy it.
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 to 10 drops of mint or eucalyptus essential oil with baking soda to leave a good smell on the mattress.
Sommières soil and white clay
Combined, these two fine powders form a natural deodorant. Mix it in a basin and sprinkle it on the surface of the mattress. Let it sit then vacuum it to get rid of it. Be thorough, as the soil of Sommières can be toxic when inhaled.
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. Although these 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 dampen it. Only use sponges or well-wrung cloths so that water does not penetrate deeply.
- Never pour water directly on the mattress.
- Always scrub the entire surface of the mattress, not just one 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, 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 damp at bedtime, don’t cover it with sheets. We advise you to dry it with a hair dryer or find another solution until it is completely dry.