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What Can You Clean Your Mattress With After Your Water Breaks?

Updated February 21, 2019

The majority of women lose their sack of water after labour is already in full swing, but occasionally, a woman's waters will break with a gush at the beginning of labour. Amniotic fluid is usually fairly simple to clean up and doesn't leave a stain.

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Removing the Stain

The first step in removing the stain is blotting up any excess amniotic fluid, if it hasn't already dried. Apply a small amount of gentle liquid washing powder diluted in cold water to the stain with a cloth. Blot the mattress gently, but don't rub it. Amniotic fluid is a protein stain, so treat it as you would blood or urine.

Removing Odor

Amniotic fluid is generally colourless and odourless, unless meconium, which is the infant's stool, was present. If an odour persists, try baking soda or an enzymatic cleaner that breaks down stains and odours. Products designed to remove pet stains are usually enzymatic cleaners.

Air Dry

Take the mattress outside, if possible, to air out on a clear, sunny day. Otherwise, open the windows or run a fan to increase ventilation.

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About the Author

Julie Christensen is a food writer, caterer, and mom-chef. She's the creator of MarmaladeMom.org, dedicated to family fun and delicious food, and released a book titled "More Than Pot Roast: Fast, Fresh Slow Cooker Recipes."

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