We all clean our sheets regularly (hopefully!), but when was the last time you considered cleaning your mattress? Once you uncover the shocking facts behind what lies beneath your sheets, you’ll likely be considering the cleanliness of your mattress much more often.
According to researchers at Ohio State University, a used mattress can contain roughly 100,000 to 10 million dust mites that feed on dead skin cell. These uninvited guests can often cause allergic reactions in some people, and they’re not alone. Incidents of bedbug infestations have increased by around 80 percent in the past decade, leaving red itchy bites and allergic reactions in their wake.
So, now that you’re thoroughly grossed out, let’s talk about what can be done to keep your mattress clean. Having a clean mattress and bedding can not only reduce the chances of bedbug and mite infestations, but you will also get a better night’s sleep.
Follow these simple steps on how to clean a mattress:
- Clean your sheets in the hottest water possible. This will help kill any mites living on your sheets. Change your sheets once a week if possible, and every other week at the very least.
- Sprinkle baking soda over your mattress. Do this while the sheets are in the wash. You can add a few drops of lavender oil or other essential oils for a bit of refreshing and relaxing aromatherapy.
- Allow the baking soda to sit. If you can leave it for a few hours, all the better, but at least for one hour.
- Vacuum up the baking soda. Take your time and slowly vacuum the powder, lingering to remove as many dust mites as possible.
If you want an even deeper clean, you can try steam cleaning as well. Just wait until the mattress is completely dry before putting clean sheets back on. Adding a mattress pad or cover over your mattress can also help cut down on dust mites, bedbugs and other unwelcome guests. Washing your pillows regularly and using pillow covers can also help cut down on pests.
What tips have you found helpful for keeping a clean bed?