We all remember to wash our sheets and other bedding, but people don't often think to clean their mattress or wash their pillows. It's super important to to clean both of them to keep them sanitary and remove sweat, dead skin and dust mites. These easy tips will show you how to clean your mattress and bed pillows so they will be super clean and you can sleep better!
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Our mattress and pillows take a real beating, especially since we spend so much time in our beds. While sleeping, we sweat, shed dead skin cells and transfer body fluids into them. Just like other items in our home, dust and dust mites also accumulate in your mattress and pillows. While all of this sounds kind of gross, it's perfectly normal. That's why it is really important to clean both of them every few months. They don't really need to be cleaned as often as your sheets and bedding, but they do need to be cleaned.
Why You Should Make Your Bed Every Day
Before we get to the mattress and pillow cleaning, I just want to talk to you really quickly about making your bed. I am coming from a place or realness here, so just hear me out. I'm 45 years old, and until a couple of months ago, I rarely made my bed. I shared about it on Instagram HERE about a month ago. My bedding is always clean...I wash it at least once per week, but I just never really saw the point in making my bed. One day I walked into our bedroom and realized that my bedroom was not the restful place that I had always hoped it would be, so I decided to give it a good cleaning...more organizing than cleaning I guess. I took the time to put the one room together that always seemed to get left behind. I hung some new pictures, removed anything that I had just tossed in my bedroom to get out of the way and made my bed. When my husband came home from work and went in to change his clothes, he remarked that our bedroom looked so relaxing, and I made a promise to myself right then to make a better effort to keep our bedroom that way...it should be the place that we retire to after a long day to relax, not just go to sleep. I knew that if I made my bed in the morning that I would make a better effort to keep the rest of the room clean, and that has held true. Even when I don't feel like it, I make my bed now...it literally takes less than two minutes, and the end result is so nice! Sorry for the long winded story, but I hope that it will inspire you to make your bed too and give yourself the restful space you deserve!
How to Clean a Mattress
Cleaning your mattress is not hard at all, but it needs to be done at least every 3-4 months. It involves flipping your mattress unless you have a pillow top mattress, so you may need an extra hand to help with that step. Otherwise, it's super simple and will make a huge difference! Check out my full post on How to Clean a Mattress HERE!
Freshen and Repel Dust Mites in Between Mattress Cleanings
While you should give your mattress a good cleaning every 3-4 months, it's a good idea to freshen it and repel dust mites when you change your sheets , which should be at least once per week. To learn how to make your own mattress spray and Freshen Your Mattress in Between Cleanings, check out THIS post! This spray works great on pillows and throw pillows too!
How to Clean Bed Pillows
Most people either live with super flat pillows after a while or toss them and get new ones once they've gotten a lot of use. Bed pillows can be given new life if you wash them. It not only cleans them and rids them of sweat, dust mites, grease from hair and dead skin cells, but it will also help redistribute the pillow's stuffing and fluff it up! Whether you think they need it or not, bed pillows should be washed every 3 months to keep them sanitary. Find out How to Clean Your Bed Pillows and extend their life HERE!
These easy tips will help get your bed clean and fresh so you'll sleep like a baby again!