How to Clean Your Mattress
Posted By
Abbey DeHart
Monday, November 5, 2018
Materials Needed: 
  • HomeRight SteamMachine
  • Baking Soda

Project Steps


I try to set aside some time a few times a year to deep clean our bedding, down comforters, mattresses, and cloth headboards. It's quite a process, but as we enter cold and flu season and the holidays, there's something extremely satisfying about knowing that I've done everything I could to keep our home germ free.

It's easy enough to clean your sheets regularly, but how often can you honestly say you clean what's UNDER your sheets? Today we'll show you how to clean a mattress and the things you may be overlooking each time you strip the sheets off the bed.  

Step 1

Sprinkle with Baking Soda

You can clean your mattress naturally starting with sprinkling baking soda all over the mattress and letting sit for about 10-15 minutes. Be sure to rub the baking soda in thoroughly into the mattress to get the best results. 

Step 2

Vacuum the Mattress

After it's sat, use your vacuum and attachments to carefully vacuum the mattress and baking soda off completely. 

Step 3

Steam Clean the Mattress

After I've done that, I like to follow up by using my HomeRight Steam Machine with a little bit of lavender in the water to steam clean the mattress to kill dust mites and germs. The HomeRight steam cleaner kills 99% of germs on contact, making your mattress as clean as can be!

PRO TIP: Here's a little secret weapon after it's been vacuumed, steamed, and all the sheets cleaned? I like to use Counter Culture Probiotic Air and Fabric Refresher on the mattress before the sheets go on. 

Step 4

Clean the Pillows

While your mattress cleaning is going, you can toss your pillows, two at a time, into your washer on gentle cycle. If you don't feel comfortable washing them, you can opt to use your steam cleaner to clean them, as well, the same way that you cleaned your mattress.

Step 5

Other bed washing tips:

  • Don't forget to pull your bed skirts off and wash it with your sheets. It may not look dirty from afar, but when you pull it off you'll likely notice how gross it is!
  • Take your time to clean your down comforter using your steam cleaner, as well, if it will not fit in your washer or cannot be washed.
  • Don't forget a protective mattress cover to extend the life of your mattress and for kids, a waterproof mattress cover is always suggested.

The HomeRight SteamMachine has SO many uses, but home cleaning hacks are definitely my favorite because I can clean my house naturally and kill 99% of germs just with steam alone!! 

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