Did you know that the average person spends 1/3 of their life sleeping — and sweats out about ½ pint of perspiration every night?
True story. Mattresses can harbor spills, stains, dirt, dust, dust mites and worse – so, maintaining a clean mattress is important for several reasons, not the least of which is the fact that your partially clothed body is lying on top of it with only a sheet separating you. If you’ve never contemplated the need to clean your mattress, once you know the facts, the cleanliness (or lack thereof) of your mattress can be hard to ignore.
According to Ohio State University, a used mattress can have anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million dust mites inside. That’s because mites feed off of dead skin cells, which our mattresses are full of since we spend so much time in bed. And what’s really irritating to our skin and lungs is not the mites themselves, but the fecal matter. Yuck!
So what can you do about this not-so-little problem? Change your sheets often (once a week if you can, once every other week for sure) and clean your mattress regularly. “Proper mattress care can really improve not only the quality of people’s sleep,” reports Dr. Sharon Horesh Bergquist, assistant professor in the department of medicine at Emory University
It is easier said than done though, right? I mean, you can’t exactly just stick your mattress in the washing machine. Not to worry!
Here are four easy to follow DIY steps for How to Clean your Mattress and Rid it of Bacteria, Stains, and Dust Mites:
- First, take off your sheets and wash them in the hottest water possible. This will help to kill any mites living on your sheets.
- Next, while the load is running, generously sprinkle baking soda all over your mattress. Adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to the mix will help with any funky smell that may be emanating from your mattress.
- Let it sit there for a couple of hours.
- Vacuum up the baking soda with the hose attachment from your household vacuum cleaner. Do this part slowly, to allow the suction to suck up as much dust from inside the mattress as possible.
Do you have a mattress pad on your bed? This will also go a long way towards keeping your mattress clean. Don’t forget to wash it once a month as well.
By the way, your pillows can harbor dust mites also, particularly if you sweat a lot at night. Be sure to wash your pillows regularly and change them out for new ones every two years.
This is a great way to maintain your mattress but about once a year a deeper clean is in order.
The best way to do this is to have your mattress “STEAM CLEANED” Steam cleaning your mattress works great to help get out any stains and will also deodorize your mattress. Be sure to let your mattress dry fully before putting it back on the bed.
Remember, you spend one-third of your life in your bed. This is where you rest, rejuvenate and relax. This is an important part of maintaining your health, your families health, and a healthy home environment. Hopefully, then you can all rest assured knowing you are getting the best nights sleep you possibly can!