Freshening Up Your Mattress

The photo above illustrates how the Japanese air out their futons on sunny days to stave off any possible mold growth and to kill dust mites that might be congregating inside. For those of us with mattresses, it's not quite as easy or practical to drag our mattresses outside for a good airing out. So what can we do if our beds start to become musty?

Abby wrote a great post on 7 tips for maintaining your mattress last year, which is worth taking a second look at. But, what if you have done all these things to the best of your ability and your mattress still seems a little less than fresh? Well, our old friend baking soda comes to the rescue yet again.

All you need to do is take all the bedding off (presumably to wash it) and sprinkle baking soda over the top of your mattress. Leave it on for at least 15 minutes (longer if you think it needs it). Next, you'll vacuum up the baking soda, making sure you don't miss any spots. Then you flip your mattress and repeat! This will help dry any damp spots, get rid of odors and will also vacuum up dust mites along with with baking soda.

(Images: Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro)

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