How often do you think about your mattress? It's one of those home items that never get a second thought, we clean our sheets and change the bedding regularly, and the mattress gets ignored. But when you consider that we spend a third of our lives in bed sleeping, the mattress should get some attention.
Did you know that those who live in average climates sweat approximately a ½ pint of fluids every night, and guess where it goes? It mostly gets absorbed into the mattress, and let's not talk about dead skin deposits. Clearly, the mattress is deserving of some TLC.
This article will explore the use of baking soda on a mattress and if it has any beneficial effects. We will answer frequently asked questions so you can sleep in a fresh odorless bed.
Let's jump in.
Yes, the more time you can leave baking soda on your bed (within reasonable limits), the better job it will do at absorbing moisture and odors from the bed.
However, before you head to the kitchen to find the baking soda, some preliminaries will help with the process.
Obviously, you need to strip the bed and expose the mattress. Once you have reached this stage, you are on your way to a fresh bed. Vacuum the mattress thoroughly to remove dead skin particles and any other residues that may have found their way onto the bed, especially if you decide to have a snack in bed or have a pet who climbs on the bed. Who knows what you may find?
Once the bed is vacuumed to your satisfaction, close the windows, this will reduce humidity in the bedroom and prevent the baking soda from absorbing the moisture in the end and not in the mattress.
Use a fine dusting of baking soda all over the mattress. You may find a flour sifter is the easiest way of controlling the baking soda; it's pretty fine.
If you don't have a flour sifter, use a fine sieve from the kitchen. Everyone has one. With the baking soda in the sieve, gently tap the side of the sieve, so the baking soda falls in a fine dust shower. Cover the whole mattress.
Leave for a minimum of 20 mins, but longer, like an overnight, will produce better results.
Dry baking soda will not ruin your mattress. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer that will absorb your mattress's smells that you hate so much.
Baking soda is mild, is not poisonous and can be consumed with water for specific ailments, particularly heartburn, where the excess stomach acids are neutralized.
Additionally, evidence supports that it could lessen muscular fatigue during sports training. A 2020 meta-analysis indicated that supplementing with sodium bicarbonate does increase muscular endurance but not strength.
With a vacuum cleaner. It is best to use a hand attachment on the vacuum cleaner. It allows for more agility of the tools and a deeper suction to remove the fine baking soda dust.
This is not a job to be rushed. Cleaning your mattress is an essential part of your home cleaning routine, but it usually only needs to be done twice per year, so spending time to do it right will be beneficial.
To ensure that all baking soda is gone from the mattress, run the vacuum over all the seams and cracks.
After vacuuming the mattress, the mattress should be odorless and duster-free, ready to remake the bed with a sheet and duvet cover.
Not all Dysons are suitable for vacuuming fine dust like baking soda. If the gritty fine dust of baking soda gets into the vacuum motor, it will shorten its life. But for vacuums fitted with HEPA filters, you should be fine to proceed.
Most vacuums like a Dyson utilize a cyclone process where a cyclone will pick up 90% of dust particles of a given size and then dump them into the dust receptacle. However, a HEPA filter is a high-efficiency particulate arrestor.
The Dyson HEPA filter will prevent airbornµe particles down to 0.1µ microns in engineering terms, which is about twenty-five thousand an inch, which is still big in the world of microns, so don't get too overly concerned about your vacuum cleaner sucking baking powder.
Accidents happen and can be dealt with simply. If you have urine on the mattress, try to clean it off asap. Mattresses hate to become wet and can be a harbor for mold and other horrible things, so spot cleaning is essential.
So, let's deal with this realistically, if the mattress has a significant amount of urine, then the only way to remove this efficiently and save the mattress will be with hot water extraction, which may be hot and miss.
For smaller areas of urine, mix baking soda, white vinegar and dishwashing soap, let the concoction settle down and stop foaming.
You will need some soft microfibre cloths to gently massage the mixture into the area and then to blot the excess moisture left immediately; this process could take twenty minutes or more, so be prepared to spend a little time doing this process.
Keep repeating the process until the stain has gone, and if this is not working, you may need to turn to professional techniques. Old yellow urine stains may respond to 8 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, three teaspoons of baking soda, and 2 to 4 drops of dish soap or liquid laundry detergent can all be combined to create a solution.
Apply the mixture liberally to any soiled areas with a spray sprayer and let it soak in. The mixture needs time to dry.