Baking soda (you can buy a big bag right here) is one of the best defenses against stale and musty odors. Pour 1 cup of baking soda into a jar, or plastic container with a lid. Add 4 drops of essential oil – either lavender, eucalyptus or peppermint (I prefer lavender), cover the jar with the lid then give it a good shaking to blend the lavender in with the baking soda. Click over to purchase the lavender, eucalyptus or peppermint oils. They have so many great benefits!
Next, find a strainer or sifter. While standing next to your bed, pour a small amount of the baking soda into the strainer, then sprinkle it onto the mattress. Repeat this until your whole mattress is covered. I got a few clumps, and had to kind of spread it around with my hand. Let the baking soda sit on the mattress for 15 minutes or so, then using the hose end of your vacuum, vacuum the top and sides of your mattress well to remove all the baking soda.
Baking soda does not kill the dust mites, but the good vacuuming should remove most of them. Essential oils are also a good deterrent for dust mites, so be sure to grab a bottle at the links above, if you haven’t already! I feel better using a non-toxic approach in my home.
My mattress and whole bedroom smelled so nice and fresh after I did this, and I felt much better about coexisting with little critters. I plan to repeat this process several times a year – especially with the season changes.
Dust mites aren’t harmful, nor do they carry disease, but they can be problematic for those with dust allergies. They’re invisible to the unaided eye.
The baking soda and essential oil will also remove any stinky or stale odors from your mattress. Don’t neglect the other mattresses in your home either. Give them all a good freshening.