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How to Clean a Mattress with Baking Soda

How to Clean a Mattress with Baking Soda

January 12, 2024
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Mattresses, our havens of rest, often escape our cleaning routines, yet harbor unseen dirt and allergens. However, neglecting mattress hygiene can significantly escalate bacteria and dust mite levels, adversely affecting health.

This guide from our team at EuroMaids emphasizes the importance of regular deep cleaning, highlighting baking soda's role as a safe and natural cleaner. While baking soda is a star due to its non-toxic and odor-neutralizing properties, we also explore a variety of other effective cleaning solutions and how they can help remove different types of stains.

How to Deep Clean Your Mattress with Baking Soda

How to Deep Clean Your Mattress with Baking Soda

1. Gather the Materials Needed

When it comes to effectively cleaning and freshening your mattress, a few key items are essential.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Essential oils (optional)
  • Soft-bristled brush or sieve
  • Clean rags or towels

With these items at hand, you're well-equipped to tackle mattress cleaning with ease and efficiency.

2. Prepare the Mattress

Before cleaning the mattress, ensure that you've taken care of bedclothes:

  • Remove all bedding and wash them. Detach and wash all bedding, including pillows, mattress protectors, and sheets. Wash bedding on the highest heat setting to kill dust mites and allergens.
  • Vacuum the mattress to remove dirt and debris. Use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner to reach deep into the mattress's crevices.
  • Inspect for stains and messes. Carefully inspect the mattress surface for any stains or spills. If you notice any stains, take note of their type and severity for later treatment.

3. Apply the Baking Soda Solution

Baking soda emerges as a versatile cleaning agent, particularly when it comes to revitalizing your mattress. It's a great solution for people sensitive to harsh chemicals, being at the same time a powerful stain remover. Here's how to mix and apply the solution:

  • In a bowl, combine ¼ cup of baking soda with a few drops of your preferred essential oil (optional). Lavender or peppermint are popular choices for creating a fresh, relaxing scent.
  • Generously sprinkle the mixture over the entire surface of the mattress. Use a sieve or your hand to ensure even distribution.
  • Rub the mixture gently into the mattress with a brush. This will help to break up dirt, sweat, and odors, allowing the baking soda to absorb these impurities.
  • Allow the baking soda mixture to sit on the mattress for at least 30 minutes, but preferably overnight. This allows the mixture to absorb moisture, odors, and dirt particles deeply embedded in the mattress fibers. The longer it sits, the more effectively it will neutralize odors and eliminate stains.

4. Finish the Cleaning

After letting the baking soda mixture work its magic, it's time to remove the residue and witness the transformed surface of your mattress. Here's how to finalize the cleaning process:

  • Vacuum the mattress again to remove the baking soda. Use your vacuum cleaner with the upholstery attachment to thoroughly remove the baking soda from the mattress. Ensure you reach deep into the crevices and corners to eliminate any remaining traces.
Pro Tip: For optimal results, vacuum in a consistent pattern, moving from one end of the mattress to the other. Pay attention to areas where stains or indentations may be more concentrated.

How to Remove Common Mattress Stains

Each type of stain requires a specific approach for effective removal, ensuring that your mattress remains clean, hygienic, and in good condition. In this section, we’ll explore proven methods to tackle some of the most frequent and challenging stains found on mattresses.

How to Remove Sweat Stains Out of Mattress

sweat stains

Sweat stains can leave behind unpleasant odors and make your mattress feel damp. To combat sweat stains, follow these steps:

  1. Sprinkle baking soda over the stain: Apply a generous amount of baking soda to the affected area.
  2. Let the baking soda sit for 30-60 minutes: Allow the baking soda to absorb moisture and neutralize odors.
  3. Mix baking soda with water to form a paste: Create a thin paste by mixing baking soda with a small amount of water.
  4. Apply the paste to the stain: Gently rub the paste into the stain, working it into the mattress fibers.
  5. Let the paste sit for 1-2 hours: Allow the paste to work its magic and further absorb moisture and neutralize odors.
  6. Vacuum the stain: Once the paste has dried, vacuum the affected area to remove all traces of baking soda and paste.

How to Remove Urine Stains Out of Mattress

urine stains

Urine stains can be stubborn and require prompt attention. Here's how to tackle them:

  1. Blot up as much of the liquid as possible with a clean, absorbent cloth or paper towels.
  2. Create the cleaning solution: In a spray bottle, combine 1 cup of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and just a few drops of liquid dishwashing soap. Stir until the baking soda dissolves completely.
  3. Spray the stained area: Thoroughly spray the affected area of the mattress with the cleaning solution, ensuring even coverage. Allow the solution to soak into the stain for at least 10-15 minutes.
  4. Let the solution react: During this time, the hydrogen peroxide will break down the urine proteins, while the baking soda will absorb any remaining moisture. The dishwashing soap will help lift the stain from the mattress fibers.
  5. Brush the stain: Using a soft-bristled brush, gently work the cleaning solution into the stain. This will help break up any stubborn residue and promote deeper cleaning.
  6. Dry the mattress: Allow the mattress to air dry completely, preferably under direct sunlight or with the help of a fan. Don’t use a hair dryer on the mattress, as the heat can damage the materials.

How to Remove Blood Stains Out of Mattress

blood stains

Blood stains require immediate attention to prevent them from setting in. Follow these steps:

  1. Soak up as much of the liquid as possible with clean, absorbent cloth or paper towels to minimize the stain.
  2. Create a cleaning solution: Mix equal parts cold water and hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle.
  3. Spray the stain with the cleaning solution: Lightly mist the stain with the solution to ensure even coverage.
  4. Let the solution sit for 10-15 minutes: Allow the solution to work its magic, breaking down the blood proteins.
  5. Rub the stain with a soft cloth: Gently rub the stain with a soft, white cloth to remove the blood.
  6. Rinse the area with clean water: Once the stain has faded, rinse the affected area with clean water to remove any traces of the cleaning solution.
  7. Dry the mattress: Allow the mattress to air dry completely.

How to Remove Vomit Mattress Stains

vomit stains

Vomit stains, although unpleasant to deal with, can be effectively removed from a mattress with the right approach:

  1. Use clean, absorbent cloths or paper towels to blot up as much of the vomit as possible. Working from the outside of the stain towards the center to prevent spreading.
  2. Mix a solution of water and white vinegar in equal parts (50/50) in a spray bottle. Vinegar is effective in breaking down the stain and neutralizing odors.
  3. After the vinegar treatment, sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda over the treated area. Leave it for an hour.
  4. Once the baking soda has had time to sit, vacuum it off the mattress. Allow the mattress to air dry completely.


Maintaining a clean mattress isn’t just about comfort, but it's also crucial for your health and well-being.

If you're not confident in your mattress cleaning skills, or if you have a stubborn stain that you can't remove, call Naperville's leading cleaning company for a professional mattress cleaning service.

Get in touch with us today to schedule a professional mattress cleaning and enjoy a hygienic and comfortable sleep space.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I clean my mattress?

Experts recommend deep cleaning your mattress every 6-12 months, especially if you have allergies or experience frequent spills or accidents. However, regular vacuuming (at least once a month) is crucial to remove dust mites, dirt, and allergens.

How can I keep my mattress clean longer?

  • Use a mattress protector: A mattress protector will act as a barrier, preventing spills, stains, and dust mites from reaching the mattress itself.
  • Rotate your mattress: Every 3-6 months, rotate your mattress 180 degrees to evenly distribute wear and prevent indentations.
  • Air out your mattress: Open your bedroom windows and allow your mattress to air out regularly to prevent moisture buildup and potential mold growth.

How to clean a memory foam mattress?

To address spills on a memory foam mattress, promptly blot them with absorbent cloths to prevent staining. Next, generously sprinkle baking soda over the area to absorb moisture and neutralize odors. Leave the baking soda for at least 30 minutes, or overnight for tough stains, then vacuum it off. For remaining stains, use a mild solution of 1 part white vinegar to 2 parts water, spray lightly, and blot. Ensure the mattress air dries completely, avoiding the use of a hair dryer to protect the material.

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