Things You May Forget to Spring Clean

In the spirit of spring cleaning, we wanted to remind you to clean places that you may not regularly think to clean.

Your mattress

While you can’t actually wash your mattress, you can still freshen it up with these easy steps:

  1. Strip the mattress of all linens, including your mattress protector.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda over the entire sleeping surface and let it set for 2-3 hours
  3. Vacuum up the baking soda.

or

Leave the baking soda on the mattress and put your mattress protector and sheets on top of the baking soda. When it’s time to wash your sheets, do so as usual, and then vacuum up the remaining baking soda then

This process will draw out moisture and dirt from your mattress and should be done at least twice a year.

Your pillows

Most pillows can be washed directly in the washing machine. The exception is memory foam pillows, but their covers are usually machine washable. Make sure to not overload your washing machine and wash 2-3 pillows at a time. Dry the pillows on the highest heat setting suggested by the manufacturer and use dryer balls to fluff the pillows as they dry.

Your bed frame

A wipe down of your entire bed frame should be included on your spring-cleaning to-do list. Some people opt to use a vacuum to get into the crevices of the frame that are not easily reached without removing the mattress and foundation. If you have a fabric headboard, the upholstery attachment of your vacuum will work well to freshen it up.

Under your bed

I shudder to think what is under my bed right now. While sometimes a necessary place for storage, it can sometime become a catch-all when quickly picking up. Pull out everything currently housed under your bed and set it aside to go through later. If you have carpet, a thorough vacuuming is in order. If you have hardwood or the like, you can use a vacuum on the hard floor setting, or a broom to remove any accumulated dust and debris. After sweeping, use a mop of your choosing for the final cleaning touch.

What is somewhere in your home that you make sure to clean?

Lauren Smalley