Steps on How to Disinfect a Mattress at Home

Steps on How to Disinfect a Mattress at Home 


by Ultra Shine Cleaning Services



How often do you clean your mattress? It is crucial to disinfect a mattress regularly. Humans shed approximately 1.5 grams of skin per day. That amount can feed about 1 million dust mites.

Your mattress alone could be home to 10 million dust mites, as per the report of The American Council on Science and Health. Moreover, these insects are also a significant contributor to allergy problems.

Regular cleaning is essential but apart from this, it is also important to keep your mattress investment fresh by disinfecting and sanitizing to ensure the best and healthy sleep. Do you know how to disinfect a mattress? No worries, we have shared tips and a list of things you need to disinfect a mattress.

How To Disinfect A Mattress At Home 

Things Required 

  • Regular vacuum cleaner
  • Steam machine
  • Anti-bacterial spray
  • Vodka
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Water


You can use a regular vacuum cleaner for cleaning. With the help of an upholstery tool attached to the vacuum cleaner, you can remove all the dirt and dust mites. Eliminate as much topical dust and dander as possible by vacuuming well and using the crevice tools to get into every nook and cranny of the mattress top and sides.

Removing Stains

The stains on your mattress can ruin its appearance and can be a source of musty odors too. Hence, to remove them at home, you can utilize a cleaning solution that has been diluted with warm water.

Dip a clean cloth in the solution, wring out the excess solution, and dampen your mattress with that solution. Do not make it wet because the moisture can seep deep inside your mattresses and can encourage the growth of mold and other bacteria.


You might be surprised to learn how to clean a mattress using vodka.

However, vodka is an excellent disinfectant, not only for your mattress but also for your skin. The best part is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on premium vodka because they all sanitize just as well.

Before using vodka, make sure that all the mattress surfaces have been completely vacuumed, and that the mattress is dirt and particle-free.

Now pour the vodka into a spray bottle and then lightly spray to cover all surfaces of the mattress (without soaking). Once done, allow the mattress to dry completely before using it.

Note: You can disinfect the mattress with white vinegar and baking soda as an alternative to vodka.

Baking soda, Vinegar, And Water

If you have not cleaned your mattresses for a long time, and now they are smelling unpleasant and dingy. This is high time to deodorize your mattresses at home. For that, you need to mix equal amounts of water and distilled white vinegar. Lightly spray it all over the mattress just to dampen it.

Make sure your mattress does not get wet. Now, sprinkle the baking soda over your mattress and leave it for some hours. The baking soda will soak up all the musty odors and moisture from your mattress and leave it clean, fresh, and odor-free. Leave it for the night and vacuum it later.

Also Read: How to Clean a Mattress Without Baking Soda?

Steam Cleaning 

Dust mites are not visible to the naked eye but can be extremely allergic to our loved ones. To deal with these allergens, you need some hot steam. Hot steam will kill all the allergens in your mattress effectively. Hold your steamer a few inches above the mattress to make it damp, not wet. Otherwise, it will encourage mold growth and can severely damage them.

Steam-clean every side of the mattress thoroughly. Just get every inch of the surface evenly using a short burst of steam. After steam cleaning, make sure to air dry the entire mattress. Ventilate the room and turn on a fan to speed up the drying process. After steam cleaning, make sure the mattress is completely dry before setting it up and sleeping on it.

Antibacterial Cleaners

Antibacterial cleaners are exactly what they mean—they are specially developed to eliminate and prevent harmful bacteria. So, when picking a spray or solution, make sure that it is not bleached, as this can wreck the mattress fibers and covering. If you are using a liquid cleaner, then follow the instructions.

  •  Mix it with the proper amount of water as advised. Place the liquid solution in a spray bottle.
  • Spray your disinfectant solution or antibacterial spray lightly over all the surfaces of your mattress (including the top, bottom, and sides).
  • Now, dip a clean cloth in warm water and ring it out as much as possible before wiping down all surfaces that have been completely sprayed.
  • Make sure that the mattress is dry before use.

Summing Up 

Mattresses are the most common and important part of our home, and maintaining their hygiene is of utmost importance. This article will help you learn how to disinfect a mattress at home. By following them, you can enjoy clean, fresh, and allergen-free mattresses.


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