Precautions — Learn How to Disinfect Your Mattress, Bed Sheet and Pillow

How to Disinfect Your Mattress, Bed Sheet and Pillow
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The Corona Virus or the COVID-19 has probably taught us one thing for sure — there is nothing such as ‘too clean’ or ‘the cleanest’. There is always room for better cleaning and better hygiene. And that is how we have started questioning hygiene of possibly every item in our household — bedding making it to the top of the list!

While the bed sheets are often cleaned regularly, mattresses are the least taken care of and believe it or not, most of us do not really know the right way to clean or disinfect the pillows. So, let us tell you some quick and effective ways to disinfect the three of the most important elements of your bedrooms.

Sanitizing and disinfecting the mattresses

  • Brush the mattress well using a good upholstery brush.
  • If there are any stains on the mattress, use specific methods to remove them after researching well online.
  • Do the same for any kind of odors.
  • We all know sunlight as the most effective form of disinfectant and it comes free of cost. Get some sunlight and air for your mattress by leaving it out for a couple of hours. Do not forget to change sides so the mattress is sanitized from all sides.
  • Steam clean the mattress by running a steam cleaner all over it.
  • Sprinkle some baking soda all over the mattress, leave it for an hour and vacuum it well.
  • For the final touch, lightly spray a disinfectant spray all over the mattress and gently wipe it with a clean cloth.

Sanitizing and disinfecting the bed sheets

  • Make it a point to wash/change your bed sheets at least once a week.
  • Wash the sheets separately from other clothes and give them enough space for washing.
  • Use a combination of a mild detergent and a cap of vinegar to wash your sheets. While vinegar will take away any kinds of odors, using a mild detergent will keep the sheets feeling softer for longer.
  • Another good way of sanitizing the sheets is by using warm or hot water for cleaning.
  • Dry the sheets outdoors in bright sunlight.

Sanitizing and disinfecting the pillows

  • Remove the pillow case, sprinkle some baking soda, leave for an hour and vacuum the pillow from both the sides.
  • Most of the pillows (polyester, feather or down) can be easily machine washed at home.
  • You can wash two pillows at a time. Use warm water, a mild detergent and a cup full of white vinegar. Run your machine on ‘mild’ cycle.
  • Dry the pillows outdoors in sunlight. Turn the sides every 30 minutes to ensure that they are completely dry.
  • Finally, before using make sure that the pillows are not damp as this can lead to formation of mold and leave behind foul odors in them

The Final Word Coronavirus is definitely a deadly virus, to which, the world has no effective antidote yet. This means precaution is the best cure for the time being. By disinfecting your bedroom and your hands regularly, you can stay safe from it.

Also Read:- Importance of Social Distancing and Quarantine to prevent COVID 19’s spread