Naturally Cleaning your bedding & mattress

We sleep on it most nights and wash our sheets frequently, but how about pillows and duvets?

With such frequent use they can become home to things you don’t want to think about!

If you have a day about the house, why not give your bedding a thorough deep clean? I try to do mine twice a year. It is a bit of a faff, but you feel so much better afterwards and its a bit of a workout lugging bedding about!

What to do:

Strip the bed for a wash later, but start with your duvet (you'll end up doing about 3 washes today!) Most down and synthetic pillows and duvets can be machine-washed and dried. I would recommend putting the machine to around 50-60 to kill off creepy crawlies - but follow label instructions. I would also add a capful of white or apple cider vinegar for extra cleaning (also helps keep sheets white) into your softener drawer, (it won’t smell of vinegar I promise) and a couple of drops of lavender essential oil. If your duvet doesn't fit in the washer, either hand wash in the bath, but you are going to have to work harder to dry it, or take it to the dry cleaners.

While the pillows and duvet are being cleaned, next step is the mattress.

To clean the mattress while the bedding is being washed: Mix about 100g of baking soda with a few drops of lavender essential oil in a bowl, then put the mixture in a sieve. Shake the baking soda evenly over the entire mattress. Leave on the bed until your bedding is finished washing and drying. Vacuum the baking soda off the mattress.

Last step: drying.

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