How to Clean Every Single Thing on Your Bed (Including Your Mattress)

When swapping out the sheets just doesn't cut it.

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August 20, 2020
Freshen Up Mattresses

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We spend a lot of time in our beds, 3000 hours a year actually- that’s the equivalent of 4 months! So keeping it super clean is important. Vacuum the mattress, then sprinkle a mixture of baking soda mixed with a few drops of an essential oil (lavender promotes relaxation) onto the freshly vacuumed mattress. Let this sit for a couple of hours, then vacuum the baking soda mixture away

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Most of us have a routine set-up for washing our bed linens, but the same probably can't be said for the rest of the bed. Your mattress, pillows, blankets, duvets and mattress topper need to be cleaned fairly regularly, too. But if cleaning a feather comforter is not something you've ever tried, and have no clue how to do, we're here to help. We've rounded up the top cleaning tips for tackling every single item on your bed. Plus, we share our favorite mattresses, pillows, bedding and more you can buy online if you need a completely fresh start.

How to Clean a Mattress

To keep your mattress as clean as possible, it's best to use a mattress protector and launder once a month or so. It's also a good idea to flip your mattress over at least once a year.

To clean your mattress, use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner and vacuum the entire surface. To combat any odors, sprinkle baking soda on your mattress, let sit for 30 minutes, then vacuum it up.

How to Clean Pillows

Most pillows can be safely cleaned in a standard washer and dryer. (Be sure to check the care labels, though.) For down pillows, you might want to hit up your local laundromat, as they may not easily fit in your washing machine. When drying, choose a low-heat setting and toss in a wool dryer ball or tennis ball (in a white sock to ensure no color transfer) to help them fluff back up. Avoid letting down pillows air dry, because the feathers could clump up and create mildew.

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How to Clean Non-Feather Comforters

Large, bulky comforters are best washed in an industrial machine at a laundromat. However, most can be easily washed and dried. Check the tag for specific care instructions, or play it safe and choose cool or warm water with a low-dry cycle. Try using a duvet cover to keep the comforter extra clean between washings.

How to Clean Down Comforters

If you have a large, front-loading washer, you can wash your down comforter at home. (And if not, take it to your local laundromat and use one of their large-capacity machines.) Choose the delicate cycle, and add a small amount of mild detergent. Place the comforter in an extra-large dryer and choose the low-heat cycle. Add a few tennis balls to help fluff the down as the cycle runs through.

How to Clean Mattress Toppers + Featherbeds

Some featherbeds and mattress toppers can be laundered the same way as pillows and down comforters. Since they tend to be larger, you’ll want to make sure you're using an industrial-sized machine. You’ll definitely want to try the tennis ball method in the dryer with your featherbed or topper, as the loft will likely shift during the wash cycle. You also might consider running the topper through more than one spin cycle if it's still feeling soaked at the end of the wash. Before cleaning, make sure you check the care instructions, as some toppers can only be spot cleaned.

How to Clean Wool Blankets

You can try cleaning your wool blankets in your home washing machine if you do so with care. Make sure to choose cold water and a delicate wash cycle. Any type of heat will shrink your blanket, so make sure to hang-dry rather than throwing it in the dryer. (Even delicate cycles might shrink a wool blanket.)

How to Clean Standard Sheets + Pillowcases

Most standard bed linens can be easily washed and dried in standard home machines. For more delicate fabrics, choose cool water/delicate settings for your wash cycle and permanent press/delicate for your dry cycle.

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