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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Cleaning a Mattress, Stains and All

Just a few ingredients and a spray bottle!
I have a weird little personality quirk.  Well, actually, I have a load of weird personalty quirks, but today we're only going to talk about one:  Doing yucky stuff when I feel yucky myself.

I've been told that what I do is a little odd, but it makes perfect sense to me. . .if you're already mad or sad or sick or something, why not get a yucky chore out of the way while you're already in a less than wonderful mood?   That way, you don't have to gunk up a fab mood with a blech-y chore!  Total logic!

Today I'm a little bummed. . .our son is struggling with some big issues and we are struggling to find the help he needs.  So, seeing as I'm already a bit discouraged and worried, I thought it was a perfect time to tackle something I've been semi-dreading:  Mattress Cleaning.

ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda - Fridge Fresh ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda ...The funny thing is, it's actually pretty quick and easy to do.  There is just something about addressing beddy stains that grosses me out a little.  And since the particular bed I'm thinking of wasn't supposed to be slept on without a mattress pad, well, that there is this little mess to clean up doesn't exactly thrill me.  Blech.

This little process works particularly well on, um, organic stains, if you get my drift.


  • 1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 2 drops Dish Soap (I use an antibacterial for extra umph!)
  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda

  • Clean, damp white rag
  • Hand Strainer
  • Clean, empty spray bottle

  • Sprinkle Baking Soda over stain using hand strainer to sift it evenly (and completely) over the affected area
  • Mix Hydrogen Peroxide and Dish Soap in bottle and shake well
  • Spray affected area, making sure to wet thoroughly
  • Wait 10 minutes and then rub gently with damp white rag
  • Leave until dry
  • Vacuum thoroughly with upholstery attachment on vacuum

Use a strainer for even sprinkling
NOTES:  Some people mix the baking soda together with the liquids.  I don't for two reasons: one is that it tends to clog up the nozzle and the other is that you must use all the solution at one time that way (baking soda and peroxide react and foam up if they're mixed and left in the bottle).  Keeping them separate means that if you have a small stained area, you don't waste anything.

If you want to do the whole bed, you'll need to at least double this recipe for a twin, triple it for a double/queen, and quadruple it for a king size bed.  You'll probably also want to make sure you hands are all ready for a workout. . .all that spraying will certainly give you one!

If you have blood stains, pre-treat with straight peroxide before doing the above-the sooner the better, too, as the fresher the stain, the better the result.

Be careful not to saturate the mattress, though, as it could damage the inner parts if it gets too wet.

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