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How to Clean and Care for Your Mattress

How to Clean & Care For Your Mattress via Clean Mama

Mattresses and pillows require a little maintenance that you can easily do – just add it into your cleaning routine and your mattress will stay comfy and clean.

Rotate Your Mattress

Rotate your mattress every six months to keep the distribution of padding and foam consistent throughout the mattress. If you have a pillow top mattress you can only rotate your mattress 180 degrees.  If you have a standard mattress, you can rotate as well as flip the mattress over.

Use a Mattress Pad

To cut down on the potential for stains, use a waterproof mattress pad and launder it regularly with your sheets. Look for a mattress pad that is waterproof and inhibits dust and dust mites on and in your mattress.  Just this little add-on to your bedding repertoire will keep your mattress cleaner longer and make it much easier to maintain.

Vacuum Your Mattress

Remove dust and dust mites from the surface of the mattress when you rotate your mattress by vacuuming the top of your mattress. Make sure that the nozzle of your vacuum cleaner is clean and slowly vacuum all of the crevices and the surface to eliminate any dust mites and dust.  Sounds gross but this is a necessary step in cleaning your mattress.  If you use a waterproof, sealed mattress pad this is a quick and easy step.

Stain Removal

If you get a stain on your mattress you can carefully blot it up with a clean, dry towel and then use warm water and a little dish soap or laundry detergent to clean the surface stain. Be careful not to get the foam part of the mattress wet as this will not dry quickly. If your stain is large or stubborn you can use an upholstery cleaning attachment on a carpet cleaner to clean the area. Blot up any extra water with a clean towel and place a fan near the mattress to quickly dry it. If it’s convenient and the weather is nice you can also bring your mattress outside if possible to dry it as well.

Freshen Your Mattress

If your mattress needs a little freshening up you can sprinkle about a 1/4 cup of baking soda that has been mixed with 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oils (lavender is a great choice) all over the surface of your mattress.  Let this sit for about 30 minutes and vacuum it up with a clean hose attachment or nozzle on your vacuum cleaner.

Knowing how to clean your mattress and protect it with some easy maintenance, this investment will last longer and you’ll sleep better too.

One of the most popular questions I receive is, “how do you wash bed pillows?”  If you’ve ever asked this question or wondered if you can wash your bed pillows, this post is for you.  Not only can you wash your bed pillows, it’s pretty simple! Two simple steps and a little time and you’ll be sleeping on clean, fresh pillows in no time!  If you have feather or synthetic pillows, you can wash them.  Foam pillows are the only kind of pillow that you don’t want to launder – feel free to try washing them in the washing machine but do not dry them – they’ll melt and disintegrate.

Now that you have a clean and fresh mattress you need to know how to wash your pillows!

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Shop Update : Clean Mama’s Everyday Planner + FREE August Planner Pages

Clean Mama's Everyday Planner - A Simple, Perfectly Functional Planner via Clean Mama

I've been working on a new planner style and format since I created a planner last year - for real.  I took a lot of things into consideration and have come up with a simple and perfectly functional planner that I absolutely LOVE and hope you will too!  Clean Mama's Everyday Planner incorporates a few things that are really important to me - it has a straightforward and simple design, it's super easy to print, and it prints perfectly back to back … [Continue reading...]

Just Minutes to a More Organized Garage

Just Minutes to a More Organized Garage via Clean Mama

Have a garage that's needing a little attention?  Or maybe it's just me.... This week’s organizing task is to take a couple minutes to organize just one spot in the garage.  I'm tackling sports equipment and finding a better way to store the rackets, balls, bats, gloves, and all things fun and sporty and lacking a home.  And I'm not going at it alone, I'm getting the little sportsters involved in this organizing task.  It'll be fun and will feel … [Continue reading...]

A Simplified Week : Outside Toys

a simplified week

As part of Start Here. I post a weekly recap with a couple ideas (mostly simple and easy to implement) for the week’s focus and a few ideas from the web that I’ve enjoyed over the week. Did you grab July's FREE cleaning and organizing calendar? Go here to grab it! Outside Toys: Now is that time in the summer where all the outside toys could use a little cleaning and organizing after being used.  Round up the kiddos and put some order back in … [Continue reading...]

How to Wash Pillows

How to Wash Pillows via Clean Mama

One of the most popular questions I receive is, "how do you wash bed pillows?"  If you've ever asked this question or wondered if you can wash your bed pillows, this post is for you.  Not only can you wash your bed pillows, it's pretty simple! Two simple steps and a little time and you'll be sleeping on clean, fresh pillows in no time!  If you have feather or synthetic pillows, you can wash them.  Foam pillows are the only kind of pillow that you … [Continue reading...]

Martha Stewart Living Master Bedroom Closet Makeover

Master Bedroom Master Bedroom Closet Makeover via Clean Mama

I was asked to share a Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot Closet System makeover on my blog and while our master bedroom closet system was fine, you can bet I agreed to install a Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot Closet System! The process started with measuring out the closet and inputting the dimensions into MarthaStewartClosets.com.  There are three colors to choose from - Classic White, Espresso, and Wild Cherry.  I chose … [Continue reading...]

How to Clean + Organize Outside Toys

How to Clean and Organize Outside Toys in Minutes and With Help From the Kids via Clean Mama

Have some outside toys to organize?  Not sure how to clean them?  This week's organizing task is to clean and organize outside toys.  No outside toys to clean?  Clean or organize an outside area or another trouble spot. Depending on how many outside toys you have and how dirty and/or disorganized they are will determine your plan of action will be for cleaning and organizing the toys.  If you are overwhelmed by all the toys, clean and organized … [Continue reading...]

A Simplified Week : Laundry Area

a simplified week

As part of Start Here. I post a weekly recap with a couple ideas (mostly simple and easy to implement) for the week’s focus and a few ideas from the web that I’ve enjoyed over the week. Did you grab July's FREE cleaning and organizing calendar? Go here to grab it! Laundry Area: Need some quick tips on how to organize your laundry room? Check out these tips from Clean Mama to get some practical tips to implement in no time! I really love … [Continue reading...]

How to Naturally Clean Any Washing Machine

How to Naturally Clean Any Washing Machine via Clean Mama

If you've ever wondered why your washing machine smelled funny or if you should be cleaning it, you need to clean it.  If you haven't ever wondered about cleaning this hard-working appliance, you still need to clean it.  Add this simple step to your laundry process and you'll have fresh smelling laundry AND an odor-less washing machine. You can clean a top loading or front loading machine with white vinegar or bleach.  My preference is to use … [Continue reading...]

BrightNest : 5 Tricks to Unlock Your Kitchen’s Hidden Potential

5 Tricks to Unlock Your Kitchen's Hidden Potential via BrightNest on Clean Mama

Today I have a great guest post from BrightNest.  BrightNest is devoted to inspiring and empowering you to take great care of your home. From basic maintenance tasks to fun cleaning tricks, we deliver everything you need to shape up your home and simplify your life. No two kitchens are created equal. Some are used every night, while others are only used on special occasions. Some are small. Some have islands. And some kitchens are the pride and … [Continue reading...]

Quick Ways to Organize a Laundry Room

Quick Ways to Organize a Laundry Room via Clean Mama

If you do laundry daily (like me) you spend a fair amount of time in and out of your laundry room/basement/laundry closet.  It is so much easier and more enjoyable to have an organized laundry room - so for this week's organizing task we're going to organize the LAUNDRY ROOM. Take a couple minutes to wipe down the exterior of your washer and dryer with your favorite cleaner to get the lint and dust off your machines.  Vacuum under and around the … [Continue reading...]

A Simplified Week : Purse

a simplified week

As part of Start Here. I post a weekly recap with a couple ideas (mostly simple and easy to implement) for the week’s focus and a few ideas from the web that I’ve enjoyed over the week. Did you grab July's FREE cleaning and organizing calendar? Go here to grab it! Purse: Is your purse weighing you down? Check out these tips from Clean Mama to make quick work of getting your purse cleaned out and clutter-free. Need some good ideas for how … [Continue reading...]

Clean Mama Printables 4th of July SALE

Clean Mama Printables 30% OFF 4th of July Sale

How about a 4th of July weekend sale in the shop! From now until Sunday morning at 10am cst, use the coupon code 30FREEDOM for 30% off your entire order. Need a little structure and organization in your summer routine? Fun colors and functional printables? Head over and fill your cart – ACT FAST - this sale will not be extended! (I’ve added some 2015 calendars to the kits and in the shop too!) Clean Mama Printables … [Continue reading...]

Ended : Take a Load Off Giveaway! $100 SpaFinder Gift Card and 3 Bottles of OxiClean Detergent

Win this prize pack - relax and get your laundry done in one easy step! via Clean Mama

This contest has ended and the winners are announced in the Rafflecopter and have been emailed.  Thank you for participating! I'm so excited to be tell you all that I've been brought on by OxiClean as a 2014 ambassador for OxiClean™ Laundry Detergent!  This is a great new laundry detergent that uses one of my favorite laundry products - OxiClean.  I've been using the unscented, perfume and dye-free liquid laundry detergent.  I love that I can … [Continue reading...]

How to Organize Your Purse (So It Stays that Way)

How to Organize Your Purse (so it stays that way) via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing focus is your PURSE.   If you haven’t grabbed July’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar yet, you can go here to grab it. Organizing your purse will only take a couple minutes, but it'll save you time in the long run because you'll know exactly where everything is.  Traveling?  If you're a passenger you can do this while you're riding in the car.  Waiting to pick kids up?  That's a perfect time to do a little purse … [Continue reading...]