How to Clean a Mattress With Baking Soda? 2 Easy DIY Methods & 4 Extra Tips!

by Jeremy Hayes

Are you tired of sleeping on a dirty mattress? You deserve a good sleep on a perfectly clean one. We often delay our mattress cleaning because we think of it as some long tiring task. Believe me, it's the opposite. All you need to do is read this post and learn two very effective yet easy methods of cleaning your mattress yourself.

You can clean your mattress with baking soda alone or combine it with vinegar. The first step is to sprad the baking soda and rub the mattress. After letting it sit, vacuum thoroughly. Keep reading if you want to learn exactly how to clean a mattress and how vinegar can make this process a lot more effective.

How to clean a mattress with baking soda?

Your mattress is probably one of the most used things in your house. Who doesn't love to just crash onto the bed after a long exhausting day? However, you should make sure it is clean and germ-free. It will also give you mental peace. You don't want to sleep with dust mites, allergens, or any other pests. Cleanliness is your savior.


Moving on to the part you are looking for. How can you use baking soda to clean your mattress? Let's dive into the details.

2 DIY Methods

The following are two simple, easy, and effective methods of cleaning your mattress. You can try these yourselves. These save time, energy, and the hassle of deep cleaning. You will get clean stainless mattresses right away.

Make sure to take the bed sheets and any covers off before you start cleaning the mattress.

Method 1: Use baking soda only

All you need for this process is baking soda, a brush, and a vacuum cleaner. Oh, and a few essential oils are welcome too.

-1. Add oils into baking soda:

Take a box of baking soda. Add 10 to 20 drops of a few essential oils into the box. These could be Lavender, Chamomile, Sandalwood, etc. Natural oils are not only anti-bacterial but also give pleasant calming scents.

Essential oils

-2. Shake the box:

Shake, shake, shake! You have to make sure that the oil drops mix in the powder. A good shake will also cause any clumps to break.

-3. Spread the baking soda:

This is a fun part. Sprinkle the baking soda all over your mattress. Make sure that none of the spots is left. You want it to be everywhere.

-4. Rub the mattress:

Workout time! Lol. I mean, grab a brush and rub the baking soda into the mattress. You have to ensure that the powder is evenly spread. Rubbing properly will give your mattress a deep cleaning for sure.

Rub the mattress

-5. Let the baking soda sit:

Sit back and relax. Not on the mattress you are cleaning, though. LOL. Have a cup of tea or facetime a friend. Let the baking soda sit. Give, at least, a couple of hours to the baking soda and essential oils to work their magic.

-6. Vacuum the mattress:

You should use the vacuum cleaner nozzle that is designed for upholstery or mattresses. Vacuum the mattress to clear up the baking soda. It will also pick up any loose dirt.

Vacuum the mattress

YAYYY!! Your mattress will be all clean and fresh.

Method 2: Use baking soda and vinegar

You need a spray bottle, a brush, vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, and a vacuum.

-1. Spray vinegar:

Pour vinegar into a spray bottle and spray on the mattress. It's recommended to drizzle the vinegar rather than pouring it directly on the mattress. You don't want it to be soaking wet.

Spray the mattress

-2. Brush the mattress:

Use a thick bristle brush to scrub the mattress. This step will help in removing any dirt or dust on the surface.

-3. Vacuum the mattress:

Hoover your mattress thoroughly. Then let it dry.

-4. Sprinkle baking soda:

Now you have to generously spread baking soda over your mattress. Feed baking soda to each inch of your mattress. Lol. Sprinkle it evenly.

Sprinkle the baking soda

-5. Let the baking soda sit:

Tick Tock, Tick Tock! It's rest time. Give an hour or two to the baking soda to sit. The more time it will get, the better it will do its job. It will remove the disgusting odors from your mattress too.

-6. Vacuum again:

Yup, you read that right. You have to pick up your vacuum cleaner and vacuum your mattress again. It will clear the powder and give you a clean mattress.

-7. Spray essential oils:

Perfume any oils you like. Some common examples of natural oils are Lavender, Sandalwood, Cinnamon, and Chamomile. These will act as an antibacterial for the times to come. And of course, these scented oils will make your mattress smell heavenly.

Mattress drying

-8. Let the mattress dry:

It might be pretty much dried already. However, letting some excess air on it will just make it even fresher. You can leave the windows open if it's not too windy. One option is to put your mattress near the window where it can get some sunlight.

Ta-Da!! You will have your clean, fresh, and scented mattress ready. Time to do the happy dance!

Happy dance

How to look after your mattress?

We take care of our houses, our pantries, our carpets. But do we look after our mattresses too? It is of utter significance to take care of what we sleep on.


A dirty mattress accommodates bacteria, germs, and dust mites. Hence, it is a health hazard.

There are a few important tips you should follow to keep your mattress clean and fresh. You can prolong its life as well.

1: Vacuum the mattress

Vacuum both sides of your mattress at least once a month. This will eliminate dust and dust mites that can cause skin irritation and allergies.

2: Place the mattress in the sun

You don't want any moisture in your mattress. It can lead to the development of molds. And don't forget the nasty smells it can cause. Place your mattress in the sun or at least near the window where some sunlight falls. You should carry out this practice every few months.

Mattress in sun

3: Expose the mattress to fresh air

I know it is impractical to take the mattress out in the sun every week or month. However, it is essential to let fresh air on to your mattress regularly. So, the solution to this is opening your windows whenever you are changing your bedsheets and covers, etc. While doing so, leave your mattress uncovered for a while so it can take in fresh air.

4: Rotate the mattress

This is an important practice. Rotate your mattress at least every 3 months, meaning 4 times a year. Remember to flip it as well whenever you rotate it. This prevents any particular side of the mattress to undergo excess strain or burden.

Rotating the mattress

Also, once in a while, hire the pros to take care of your mattress. They can make it as good as new. We have a professionally compiled list of cleaners from hundreds of cities. Take a look and find the best cleaner in your area.

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That's about it! Baking soda can be used to clean your mattress. It also acts as a disinfectant and deodorizer. You don't have to spend money on cleaning products when you can do it with just a simple powder.

However, not every problem can be handled by household remedies. So, take a look at the list of some of the best carpet powders you can find in the market easily.

Clean your mattress and gear up for a peaceful, good night's sleep coming your way.

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By Jeremy Hayes

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Hello, I'm Jeremy. I used to own a blog about pest control until Jimena found me and asked me to join the Carpet and Rug World team. I'm passionate about carpet beetles, bed bugs, moths, etc. A lot of people don't understand how that's possible. I always say that the smile on a person's face when they get rid of the problem is worth it!

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