How to Keep Your Mattress, Pillows, and Other Beddings Clean

How to Keep Your Mattress, Pillows, and Other Beddings Clean

You may not realize it, but your bed can be a breeding ground for all types of bacteria and allergens. Sounds gross, right? We spend around a third of our day in bed, sometimes even more. It’s the most comfortable place to be after a long day of work. But are you sure you’re not laying in a colony of bacteria? 

Here are the best ways to keep your beddings clean and germ-free.

1. Know when to replace

Thanks to the Internet, many bedding stores are available online these days. If you find that you need to replace the following, you can just order online and have it delivered to your home.

  • Mattresses – every 10 years
  • Pillows – every 1-2 years
  • Sheets – every 2-3 years
  • Comforters and duvets – every 15-25 years

2. Learn the proper way of cleaning the bedding

If your mattresses, pillows, and linens are still not at the end of their service life, you should make sure they get a regular cleaning. Get yourself acquainted with the proper ways to clean each piece:


  • Remove all beddings from the mattress
  • Vacuum the mattress with the upholstery attachment to get rid of debris
  • Pour a bag of baking soda over the bed and leave it on for a few hours to absorb odor and kill germs
  • Vacuum up the baking soda
  • Flip the mattress and do the same treatment for the other side
  • Do this at least twice a year



  • Leave your pillows on the clothesline during a sunny day
  • Wash pillows in the washing machine and follow the care instructions 
  • Dry your pillow on moderate heat for at least an hour
  • Check it there is moisture inside the pillow; toss it back in if there still is
  • Do this at least twice a year


  • Prewash sheets with baking soda and vinegar to maintain softness
  • Put bed sheets in the washer in a separate load
  • Add enough detergent for one load; don’t add too much
  • Wash the sheets in warm setting unless indicated otherwise by the manufacturer
  • Toss in the dryer and make sure they are not bundled up or hang on the clothesline to dry

Comforter or Duvet

  • Check the label if they are dry clean only; do not proceed if this is the case
  • If your duvet can be washed in the machine, load it up and make sure there is enough room
  • Pour a gentle detergent in the washer
  • Wash with a gentle cycle in cold water
  • Run a spin cycle to get rid of excess water
  • Dry it on low to medium heat in the dryer

3. Follow simple bedroom rules

To keep your bedding clean, employ the following rules for yourself and everyone else in the household:

  • Eating on the bed is not allowed
  • Never sit or lay in the bed in your outside clothes
  • Shower before bed as much as possible
  • Don’t put bags, clothes, and other possibly dirty items on the bed
  • Keep pets off the bed as much as possible (or only allow them above the duvet)

And there you have it. It’s very simple, right? With these useful tips, your bed will remain as germ-free as possible.