How Baking Soda Can Prolong The Life Of Your Mattress
Mattresses are often neglected when it comes to keeping them clean and hygienic, which is pretty surprising considering that we spend such a long time sleeping on them. Experts recommend buying a new mattress after about ten years of use, but the problem of keeping them fresh and sweet smelling, especially when the average human loses approximately half a pint of fluid each night - and taking into account the dust caused by the natural loss of skin cells and hair - is something that it is well worth giving some thought to. Here are four inexpensive tips that will help you to keep your mattress in tip-top condition:
1. Vacuum with Baking Soda
Baking soda is a natural deodorizer that is highly effective at absorbing unpleasant smells. Sprinkle baking soda over the top of the mattress using a sieve for even distribution and leave for twenty minutes. You could add an essential oil, such as lemon or eucalyptus, for an extra sensory bonus!
Attach a clean brush attachment to the end of your vacuum cleaner - it's important to use a clean attachment as using a dirty one could leave the mattress in an even worse condition- and use it to remove all the baking soda. When you can't see any more of the white powder, you can be sure that the job is done!
2. Flipside, reverse it
If you share the mattress with someone who is a different weight, your mattress will become uneven and lumpy. To avoid this, turn the mattress over every few months. It's a good idea to do this at the start of a new season. If your mattress only has one sleeping surface, turn it around 180 degrees; this will ensure that it is worn away evenly, and will help to prolong the life of your mattress.