How often do you clean your mattress?


YOUR favourite place in the house really isn’t as safe as you may think it is, because in reality it’s a fertile breeding ground for germs and bacteria.

Most people will wash their sheets and very occasionally they might flip the mattress … but this simply isn’t enough.

Sweat, body fluids, dust, and just dirt in general settle into mattresses every single day, no matter how clean we are or how tidy we keep our house.

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So from time to time, we’ve got to step up our cleaning game and take it one step further.

The best way to sanitise your mattress is to vacuum it thoroughly, then sprinkle bicarbonate of soda all over it. The first step serves to get rid of any dust and loose particles, while the second step will work on eliminating bacteria.

When you’ve completed these first two steps, the next thing to do is to spray down your mattress with a concoction of water and a few drops of an essential oil, such as eucalyptus, peppermint, or lavender. This will disinfect it and protect it from further bacteria build-up.

And although flipping the mattress is not enough, it is still recommended that you do this from time to time, even if it’s only every three or four months.

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Lastly avoid having liquids on or near your mattress. If you end up spilling by accident, liquids will soak into your mattress and encourage the multiplication of germs and bacteria.

If a spill does happen or if your mattress is still wet from the cleaning spray, use fans to dry it completely before you use it again. Never sleep on a damp mattress!


South Coast Herald

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