How Do I Disinfect a Mattress?

Updated March 23, 2017

Unfortunately, most parents or caregivers will face the task of occasionally disinfecting a mattress. This may be due to a bed-wetting issue with their child, the age of the bedding, or even just regularly disinfecting a crib mattress. Perhaps you are the caretaker for an elderly parent, and face the task of keeping their mattress clean and sanitary.

Whatever the reason, it is important to know the proper procedure for disinfecting mattresses. Also, you need to know what cleaning solutions are most effective and safe to use.

Vinegar Spray

One recommended natural cleaner for disinfecting a mattress is a homemade vinegar spray. For this, you need to purchase some regular white vinegar or apple cider vinegar at your grocery store. Vinegar is a natural deodoriser and cleaner, as cited by the website

Mix three parts vinegar to one part water, and spray thoroughly over the mattress. Wipe the mattress completely, then repeat the process. Depending on why you are disinfecting the mattress you may have to do this two or three times.

Lysol Spray

Lysol, a well-known brand, offers several disinfectant sprays that kill 99.9 per cent of bacteria, fungus, and germs. Lysol products are also certified by the American Allergy and Asthma Foundation. For further information about the disinfecting properties of Lysol, see the website

To disinfect with Lysol spray, spray the entire surface of the mattress with Lysol and wipe clean. Repeat if needed.

Rubbing Alcohol Spray

Another more natural way for cleaning and disinfecting a mattress is rubbing alcohol spray. The cleansing and sanitising qualities of rubbing alcohol are discussed at length on the website, in regards to cleaning up after babies as well as other sanitisation usage. Purchase standard rubbing alcohol at a drug store, and mix three parts rubbing alcohol to one part water in a spray bottle. Rubbing alcohol is used regularly, even in medical settings, for its sanitising qualities.

To disinfect your mattress, spray thoroughly with rubbing alcohol. Wipe over with a wet cloth to rinse. If necessary, spray again with rubbing alcohol and wipe clean.

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