How to clean a mattress without chemicals?

How to clean a mattress without chemicalsImage : spm

To maintain the comfort of your mattress and for it to continue to make you dream, it is essential to clean it and keep it healthy and clean. Basic daily maintenance is certainly required, but thorough cleaning is essential. Blood stains, urine, bad odors… With our advice, cleaning the mattress becomes easy, especially with products free of chemical substances. We arm ourselves with patience but also with good tools and products and off we go!

How often should a mattress be cleaned?

A cleaning frequency of twice a year is sufficient to keep a mattress clean and fresh. However, it is important to clean  coffee spills  or urine and blood stains immediately before they become stubborn and difficult to remove.

Mattress surface

How to clean a mattress

When cleaning your mattress,  Heather Corrow , former product development manager at Allswell – a luxury mattress brand, advises taking the following steps:

What you need:


  • A hair dryer
  • A dry towel
  • Powdered detergent

Step 1: Make a stain remover paste

In a bowl, make a mixture of powder detergent and a small dose of water. The goal is to obtain a cleaning paste and for this, we opt for 3 tablespoons of powder detergent and 1 tablespoon of water. We minimize the quantity of water to  avoid mold .

Step 2: Apply the paste to the stain

Gently apply the paste to the stained area then leave it to act for 15 minutes or even half an hour before wiping with a slightly damp cloth.

Step 3: Sponge and vacuum

With a dry towel, pat the cleaned area, avoiding rubbing it, then wait a few minutes for it to dry. If there is excess cleaning product, you can get rid of it using a vacuum cleaner.

Using a vacuum cleaner on a mattress

Step 4: Dry the cleaned area

Use a hairdryer or leave the windows open when the weather is nice to properly ventilate and dry your mattress to prevent traces of mold from developing.

How to clean urine from a mattress

At the first appearance of a urine stain, you must react before it has time to adhere to the fibers of the mattress and leave a trace or even a bad odor. For this, there are many cleaning alternatives to overcome this inconvenience.

What you need


  • Paper napkins
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • A vacuum

Step 1: Dab the stain

Using absorbent paper, dab the stain.

Step 2: Prepare a solution to loosen the mattress

Spray the area in question with a solution of half white vinegar and half plain water.

Step 3: Add baking soda and let it sit

Sprinkle baking soda on the area and leave it on for 1 hour or all day.

Step 4: Vacuum

Remove the remaining baking soda using your vacuum cleaner. Do not hesitate to repeat the technique if the smell persists.

How to remove blood stains from a mattress?

Blood stain on a mattress

Blood stains are often stubborn and it is sometimes difficult to remove them. We arm ourselves with patience and turn to specific products to get rid of them:

What you will need:

  • A vacuum
  • A disinfectant spray based on white vinegar, lemon or household alcohol
  • Baking soda
  • Tea tree, lavender or eucalyptus essential oils

Step 1: Dab the blood stain

Use a cloth dampened with cold water and dab the blood stain.

Step 2: Prepare a cleaning solution

Prepare a solution by mixing one part baking soda with two parts cold water.

Step 3: Apply your cleaning product to the stain

In a bottle, pour the amount of half a lemon or 4 tablespoons  of hydrogen peroxide . Spray the solution on the blood stain and leave it on for 30 minutes.

Step 4: Wipe with a damp cloth

Use a clean damp cloth or sponge then go over the stained area.

Step 5: Dab the Stain and Dry

Let the area air dry after wiping it gently with a dry towel.

How to deodorize the mattress?

The expert recommends changing the bedding set and vacuuming at least once a week to avoid bad odors. To deodorize your mattress:

What you need


  • A vacuum
  • A disinfectant spray based on white vinegar, lemon or household alcohol
  • Baking soda
  • Tea tree, lavender or eucalyptus essential oils

How to do ?

  1. Mix 3 parts lemon juice or white vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle;
  2. Spray lightly on the mattress;
  3. After a few minutes of air drying, your mattress should be effectively deodorized.

If it is a deep deodorization that you want to carry out, the specialist advises going through these few easy steps:

Step 1: Vacuum

Start by vacuuming the entire surface of the mattress.

Step 2: Sprinkle the baking soda

Cover  the entire surface of the mattress  with 120 g of baking soda evenly then scrub it gently with a dry brush or sponge. You should end up with an even layer of baking soda.

Step 3: Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes

For the white powder to work effectively, let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. The longer you wait, the more chance you have of absorbing and neutralizing bad odors.

Step 4: Remove the baking soda with the vacuum cleaner

Finally, remove the layer of baking soda by vacuuming the surface of your mattress one last time.

How to prevent stains on a mattress

Choose a mattress protector if you want to prevent stains and thus keep your mattress clean. Some models even offer advantages such as protection designed to fight against germs,  bedbugs  and dust mites. Choose models that can protect the entire mattress, that is to say the sides included. They can also be prone to dirt, bed bugs and liquid spills.

How to deep clean a bed?

If you want to have an impeccable bed, you can clean it thoroughly by repeating the aforementioned deodorizing tip but with an additional ingredient. Add 3 to 4 drops  of essential oil  of your choice to the baking soda, then sprinkle over the surface of the mattress. Let it sit for 1 to 2 hours before vacuuming.