Thursday, March 22, 2012

Mattress Love

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Let's say that hind sight is 20/20 when it comes to buying a mattress for the first time. We found and bought the biggest, pillow-top mattress back in 2004. At the time, it was SO comfy, spacious, and almost like sleeping on a cloud. Who knew you were suppose to buy a mattress cover... Everyone but me I guess....

Over these past 7 years, coffee, one route 44 cherry coke from Sonic, a full cup of milk, and a few pairs of wet pants (by my son) have stained this, not-so-puffy cloud. I've used carpet cleaner, stain remover, Oxi-Clean, and fabreez to try and remove the stains AND mask the faint, funky smell. I now know that the surface may look a little better, but, I have been dumping more and more chemicals into the padding of our bed, the place we spend 33% of our life. EWW!!! Makes me want to burn it and start over. BUT until I can do that, I've been using a mixture recipe I found on Pinterest in a last ditch effort.

Ingredients:
Baking Powder
Essential Oil

Tools:
Mason Jar
Fork
Strainer
Vacuum

I went ahead and mixed up a large mason jar full of this stuff so that I have plenty for next time too.
I fill the large mason Jar with baking soda, drop in 5-10 drops of essential oil (we now use lavender... I first used patchouli and it was a little too much... My hubby said we smelt like hippies...lol...)
The original recipe says to shake the jar to mix up the powder and oil, but, I found that the drops of oil were only coated by the powder and didn't mix in too well, some even stuck to the jar and the lid. SO, I took out a fork and really stirred it up. The original recipe also says to use a Kitchen strainer, but, I didn't have one and didn't really want to use something that would be hard to wash after it comes into contact with the oils. SO, I just took the mason jar, poked holes in the lid, and sprinkled the mixture onto the mattress. This then put some larger clumps on the bed, so, I took a small dusting brush and brushed over the mattress to spread the powder. This also seemed to help the powder get INTO the mattress and not just dust the surface.

picture from original post. I refuse to document mine in a photo...
 I do this every other Sunday, taking the sheets off and starting this process first thing in the morning, well, after my coffee anyway. I then leave it on ALL day. Using the hose end of your vacuum and an upholstery attachment, thoroughly vacuum the mattress.  Bye, bye dust mites and other nasty things (and smells!).  The baking soda helps draw up any moisture and deep dirtiness.  It deodorizes and leaves the mattress smelling fresh and clean.


I love cleaning the mattress and then rolling around and playing with my son on our freshly cleaned cloud. It smells SO nice and relaxing and I know I can sleep at ease by doing something natural and not dumping another gallon of chemicals. I plan to spread out all of our pillows this spring and do the same thing to each. I've found that by washing our pillows, they then become lumpy. So, maybe this will do the trick.

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2 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Sometimes we just need to get things clean and keep what we have instead of buying a new thing--mattress, rug, or whatever! But the smells! Oh, the smells!! And you're so wise to avoid using more chemicals on your bed. I love this baking soda/essential oils idea. I'll remember this!

    Thanks so much for linking to Grace at Home! I really appreciate it.

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  2. What a great idea! Thanks for taking the time to post this.

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