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Natural Ways to Disinfect Your Mattress

Posted by Sharon on May 8, 2020
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Natural Ways To Disinfect Your Mattress

Typically mattress cleaners can be quite expensive and some can be irritating for people with sensitive skin or pets because of chemicals. However, it is still important to give your mattress a good cleaning. Fortunately, there are natural ways to disinfect your mattress that are both budget-friendly and safe.

Simply changing your sheets or spraying your mattress with air fresheners isn’t enough. Ideally, you should clean your mattress every six months and treat stains immediately. Luckily, there are some household products you can use to treat stains and disinfect. 

Baking Soda

Baking soda is commonly used as a deodorizer. It can effectively get rid of stubborn smells and can be sprinkled straight onto a mattress for an effective clean. Not only will it get rid of smells, but it can absorb excess liquid.

Simply sprinkle baking soda onto your bare mattress with a strainer. You may even add some drops of lavender essential oil into the baking soda to help give it a fresh smell. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes to an hour then carefully vacuum up all the baking soda before putting your sheets back on.

DIY Natural Mattress Spray

To make this natural mattress spray, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 8 eucalyptus essential oil
  • 8 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Or a mix of essential oils of your choice

Simply add all of these ingredients to a spray bottle and thoroughly mix until everything is combined. Spray directly onto your mattress and allow it to sit for a few hours. Vacuum to remove any dead skin and mites before making your bed.

This spray not only disinfects your mattress, but it also helps keep bugs away. Vinegar can work as a deterrent to keep spiders, ants, and even mites away. The peppermint oil also works to keep bugs away.

However, peppermint oil can be harmful to dogs and cats, so you may want to leave it out if your furry friends also share the bed. You can use lemon and tea tree essential oils in this mix instead.

Hydrogen Peroxide Mix

What You Will Need:

  • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 3-4 drops natural dish soap
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda

Mix all the ingredients together and add to a spray bottle. Spray any stained areas or the whole mattress if desired. Wipe it up with a damp towel to remove and let it dry before putting your sheets back on.  BedVoyage Bamboo Sheets are naturally odor and bacteria resistant, so using those sheets on a freshly cleaned mattress will help keep the bed fresher, longer. 

Hydrogen peroxide can work efficiently to remove stubborn stains from a mattress. Whether from sweat, blood, or urine, it can get rid of the stain and its smell. This hydrogen peroxide mix will help keep your mattress fresh. If you have ever spilled red wine on your carpet, this spray is genius at getting out the stain. No need to blot, just spray and let sit and you will see the stain disappear like magic.  

White Vinegar

White vinegar isn’t only effective at disinfecting your mattress, but it can also remove stubborn stains and vomit. Unfortunately, vomit can happen and it is important to clean it up right away to prevent stains and a lasting odor. You can also use this method for regular cleaning.


Simply mix half part water and half part white vinegar into a bottle. Spray the mix onto your mattress and blot with a damp towel and let it dry before putting your sheets on. 

You can also sprinkle some baking soda on after spraying as well to help with tough odors. Allow the mixture to dry and vacuum up the baking soda.

Keeping Your Mattress Clean

Keeping your mattress clean isn’t just beneficial to your health, but can increase the life of your mattress. Many store-bought cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can be irritating to those with sensitive skin and are simply not desirable to use on your bed. Fortunately, there are some safe and effective natural ways to disinfect your mattress.

Sleep Healthy and Safely!

Green Living Zone

Donald Giddings is founder and editor in chief at Green Living Zone. A lifelong sustainability enthusiast, Donald is always looking for the best way to live in harmony with nature.  When he is not trying out new eco-friendly recipes, he writes engaging content about green, sustainable ways to maintain your home, body, and soul, readily sharing his abundant experience with other green living aficionados.

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