How To Deodorize Your Mattress

How To Deodorize Your Mattress

Are any of the mattresses in your home not smelling the freshest? While people often wash bedding, most people tend to avoid the actual mattress, which can develop odors over time. After all, we do spend an average of 1/3 of our lifetime sleeping. There’s no need to call a professional – we have a few ways you can get rid of odors using household items. Check out our DIY methods to bust those odors!


Over time your mattress can have a collection of dead skin cells, dust, pet dander and more. The first step to take to give your mattress a refresh is to vacuum the surface. Use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum and go over the entire surface area to pick up & remove any buildup. Don’t forget to go over the sides of your mattress either, and give extra attention to any crevices. Regularly vacuuming in your room around your bed is also helpful to reduce overall bacteria and dander buildup.

Baking Soda

Baking Soda is a jack of all trades, and one of the best natural deodorizers out there. It can even help lighten stains or discoloration.

  1. Remove all bedding from the mattress and vacuum.
  2. Next, take the baking soda and sprinkle it all over the mattress surface. Tip – using a sifter helps evenly disperse it! Let the baking soda sit for a minimum of 30 minutes, however the longer you leave it on, the better.
  3. If your mattress is near sunlight, try to expose the mattress to it as much as possible while the baking soda sits. This can aid in drying moisture from the mattress.
  4. Finally, vacuum the mattress again using the upholstery attachment and voila!

Vinegar & Water

If you want to fight odors and target stains, using the vinegar and water method is for you!

  1. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a clean spray bottle.  
  2. Spray all over the mattress surface from 6-12 inches above the mattress, but do not oversaturate the mattress. You want to avoid the mattress becoming too wet.
  3. Let the mattress air dry by turning on the fans and letting in maximum sun and airflow into the room. If you are fighting any stains, be sure to scrub them while the mattress is still damp.
  4. After the mattress is completely dry, you can deodorize the mattress even more with the baking soda method above.  Let set for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Thoroughly vacuum the mattress.  
  6. Replace bedding & enjoy.

Essential Oils

Essential Oils are small but mighty odor fighters, and make excellent companions to the two methods above. For example, vinegar can have a strong smell, and if you don’t want it to linger after using it, add in some essential oils to cover the smell. The best choices to use for a refreshing smell are: lavender, chamomile, rose, jasmine, lemon, and peppermint.

Protect It

Now that you’ve successfully given your mattresses a boost – be sure to protect it for the future! A mattress protector is one of the best ways to keep your mattresses clean and fresh. Mattress protectors keep dirt, grime, and sweat from penetrating into the mattresses, and some are even waterproof to help defend against liquids.

Protectors are designed to not compromise your mattress in any way as well, so you’ll still get the most out of your mattress with one on. Lastly, most protectors are machine washable. Factory Mattress offers an array of mattress protectors to keep your mattress at its best. Shop our sleep accessories online or come visit us in-store today!

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