Since on an average we spend about one-third of our lives on the bed, keeping the mattress clean and hygienic is obviously very important. Also, when we spend a lot of effort trying to get a mattress that is the least hazardous from the health point of view, it is also vital that the processes we use to clean the mattress do not introduce new chemical hazards that can have a negative impact on our health as we sleep. By keeping the mattress clean, you can not only safeguard your health against the various allergies and skin rashes that dust mites and bacteria are responsible for but also extend the life of the mattress.
The Drawbacks of Conventional Cleaners
Even though conventional cleaning products seem to deliver very good results, their use can have a very high associated cost. Typically, these products contain very harsh bleaches for a brightening effect as well as chemicals to add color and fragrance that can end up irritating the lungs, eyes, and skin. You may also experience headaches. Exposure to these harsh cleaners also affects your skin badly; they tend to become red and rashes can develop; in extreme cases, the skin can even start peeling off.Chemical based cleaning agents also contain a number of substances that are harmful to the environment as well as wildlife.
How to Clean a Mattress in an Eco-Friendly Way
Traditional mattress: Vacuum the mattress thoroughly to remove the accumulated dust, grime, dust mites, dead skin cells, pollen, etc. Mix a small amount of essential oil to a cup of baking soda and spray all over the mattress. Vacuum thoroughly after letting it sit for 15-30 minutes. Turn over the mattress and repeat the process for the other side. Use a home steam cleaner to remove stubborn stains and let the mattress air for a couple of hours before reusing. You can use this method to clean the pillows too. Read my pillow reviews for the best ways of keeping pillows in shape.
Latex mattress: You can either follow the same procedure or wipe the mattress thoroughly with warm water to which a few drops of an organic cleaner has been added and mixed well. Use a second cloth dampened with water to remove the soap solution completely. Dry the mattress thoroughly by wiping with a dry cloth thereafter and let the mattress air dry in the shade without any direct exposure to sunlight. According to https://www.amerisleep.com, a removable waterproof mattress protector can help to keep the mattress clean for a longer time.
Memory foam mattress: The same process as that for cleaning latex mattresses can be followed after vacuuming it. Instead of organic soap, you can use a vinegar solution for spot cleaning stains. You can air dry it in the sun or even use a hair dryer if you do not have sunlight.
Mattresses can be quite expensive but can serve you well for at least 8-10 years if you maintain them properly. Keeping it clean in an eco-friendly way will also result in less damage while protecting your own health.