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Effective Ways to Clean Your Mattress without a Vacuum Cleaner

Updated: Nov 2, 2023

Regular cleaning of your mattress is crucial to maintain a clean and hygienic sleeping environment.

While vacuuming is a great method to remove dust, allergens, and debris from a mattress, not everyone has access to a vacuum cleaner all the time.

Thankfully, while it speeds things up, you don't actually need it. How did you think people did it before vacuums?

In this blog post, we will explore alternative methods that can help you clean your mattress effectively, even without a vacuum cleaner.

Methods For Cleaning Your Mattress Without A Vacuum Cleaner

Cleaning your mattress without a vacuum cleaner is a bit tougher but perfectly possible. From beating and thumping to taking advantage of the elements, here are 4 easy methods for tackling your dirty mattress.

Different types of mattresses

Before starting, you may want to familiarise yourself with some of the different kids of mattresses. Each have their own unique materials that need a certain kind of care.

Have a look at your mattress type before proceeding, just to be sure:

Method 1: Good old fashioned Beating and Thumping

  1. Start by removing all bedding and pillows from the mattress.

  2. Take your mattress outdoors or to an open space where you can freely manoeuvre it.

  3. Using a broom or a similar object, firmly beat the surface of the mattress. This action will help dislodge dust and particles trapped within the mattress fibres.

  4. Flip the mattress over and repeat the beating process on the other side.

  5. After beating, take a sturdy object like a tennis racket or a paddle and thump the mattress surface to further remove any remaining dirt or debris.

Method 2: Spot Cleaning

* When cleaning a mattress, it's essential to have a general cleaner to help you with the cleaning steps. We highly recommend Envii Bed Fresh to keep around your home so that you can grab it whenever you need to freshen up your mattress.

  1. Identify any visible stains or spills on the mattress that require attention.

  2. Create a solution by mixing a small amount of mild liquid detergent with warm water.

  3. Dip a clean cloth or sponge into the solution, wring out excess moisture, and gently blot the stained area. Avoid saturating the mattress.

  4. Continue blotting until the stain is lifted. Rinse the cloth or sponge with clean water and blot the area again to remove any soapy residue.

  5. Allow the mattress to air dry completely before adding bedding or covers.

Method 3: Baking Soda Deodorizing (You don't need a vacuum cleaner to remove)

  1. Baking soda is an excellent natural deodorizer that can help freshen your mattress.

  2. Generously sprinkle baking soda over the entire surface of the mattress, focusing on areas that require odour elimination.

  3. Use a clean cloth or sponge to gently spread and work the baking soda into the mattress fibres.

  4. Let the baking soda sit for several hours or overnight to absorb odors.

How to Remove Baking Soda From Mattress Without A Vacuum

There are a few ways you can get rid of baking soda without a vacuum cleaner:

  • Dustpan and brush: The good old dustpan and brush will get rid of that baking soda. Make sure you have a bin bag next to you as you brush up, then it's just a quick trip to the bins.

  • Damp cloth or sponge: This can be an addition to the dustpan and brush or you can use this method on it's own. The idea here is to wipe the surface clean and wring out the excess baking soda thus removing it from your mattress.

  • Handheld Carpet Sweeper: If you have a handheld sweeper with rotating brushes, use it to swipe over the mattress. Empty the compartment when you are finished.

  • Shake and pat: If all else fails go back to the 1800's and give it the trusty shake and pat treatment. Take the mattress outside and shake away the baking soda. Pat the mattress to bring any up from the mattress and get rid of it accordingly.

Method 4: Sunlight and Fresh Air

  1. Take advantage of sunlight and fresh air to naturally refresh your mattress.

  2. If possible, move the mattress to a well-ventilated area with direct sunlight exposure.

  3. Prop the mattress against a wall or lay it flat on a clean, dry surface.

  4. Allow the mattress to bask in the sunlight for several hours, rotating it occasionally to ensure all sides receive adequate exposure.

  5. The combination of sunlight and fresh air will help eliminate odors and moisture, providing a naturally refreshed mattress.


Cleaning your mattress without a vacuum cleaner is possible with alternative methods such as beating and thumping, spot cleaning, utilizing baking soda for deodorizing, and harnessing the power of sunlight and fresh air.

These techniques can effectively remove dust, stains, and odours, contributing to a cleaner and more hygienic sleep surface. Remember to be thorough and allow your mattress to dry completely before using it.

With regular cleaning and maintenance, you can enjoy a fresh and comfortable sleeping environment without the need for a vacuum cleaner.

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