Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cleaning Mattress and Pillows/ Eco"Febreze"

To freshen fabric, try this eco-safe, DIY recipe:

Fill a standard spray bottle with water
Add 6-8 drops Tea Tree oil
and 6 drops Essential Oil (your choice!) or
3 drops Fragrance Oil

Spray fabric until damp and allow to air-dry.

I did some fall deep cleaning yesterday and thought I'd pass along my tips for cleaning mattresses and pillows.

Vacuum the mattress with your vac's upholstery attachment
(Flip and rotate while you're at it :))
Spray mattress and pillows with the concoction above. You want your mattress upholstery to be good and damp, but not wet to the foam. You can wash any spots with your homemade all-purpose cleaner if necessary.
Put pillows, two at a time, in the dyer on high heat for 30-45 minutes. This will kill any lingering dust mites.

4 comments:

lolasmom said...

Thank you so much! I've been meaning to look for an EF "febreze" substitute and you did my homework for me!

Anonymous said...

"Put pillows, two at a time, in the dyer on high heat for 30-45 minutes. This will kill any lingering dust mites." Not very eco really.

Renee said...

cleaning your pillows this way once or twice a year is definitely more eco- and health- friendly than the anti-allergen febreze, which was the point of this post. it is also certainly better than replacing pillows annually, which many housekeeping resources recommend.

Mattress Comfort said...

thanks for the great tips!