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How to Clean a Baby Mattress

A baby mattress is a bit different from a regular mattress used by adults, as a baby regularly spits up and emits bodily fluids that leave the mattress soiled and in need of more thorough cleaning and disinfecting. Another common issue is the cleaning products that should be used on a baby mattress. Many disinfectants and commercial cleaners are chemically-based, making the elements potentially toxic to all humans, and especially babies, who have a weaker immune system than adults.

Clean a baby mattress with vinegar.
  1. Vacuum the mattress occasionally to collect dust and light buildup.

  2. Remove stains and give a more thorough cleaning to the mattress with a low-cost cleaning solution. Pour 1 cup water, 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 tbsp. laundry detergent into a spray bottle. The detergent will remove soil and body oils while the vinegar will deodorize and disinfect.

  3. Spray the solution onto the mattress, covering a small 2-foot square section at a time with a light mist of the cleaner.

  4. Scrub the solution into the mattress by rubbing a cleaning cloth in small circular motions. Repeat until all soil and stains are removed, and the mattress has been cleaned thoroughly.

  5. Wipe the mattress once more with a clean, damp cloth to remove the cleaning solution and lifted residue.

  6. Allow the mattress to air dry.

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