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October 2017

Cleaning Your Bed Mattress Naturally

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I thought maybe it’s a good time to get a new bed, but my bed is quite comfortable, and I only see the stains on the mattress when I clean the bedding. I thought maybe I could get another year or two out of it, but I have no idea how to clean a bed. So, I looked up a few things and what I found out was pretty cool. I had nothing to lose, so I tried the following. Now, I didn’t have all the stains that my research came across, but I’m passing those on anyway.

Before you start cleaning your mattress, strip the bed and launder your linens. Wash and dry your mattress pad first, then the sheets, and finally your bedspread/comforter/duvet. Check the manufacturer’s labels first and use the hottest water and dryer heat setting allowed since heat will kill dust mites in your bedding. While the washer and dryer are doing their thing, turn your attention to the mattress.

Step 1. Vacuum It.

Your vacuum cleaner’s upholstery attachment is your Number One ally in mattress cleaning. Start at the top of the mattress and work your way down in overlapping, narrow paths and then vacuum the sides of your mattress the same way.

Step 2. Deodorize It

Although we don’t usually notice our own bodily smells, over time sweat can build up and lead to an unmistakable funky aroma. To rid your mattress of rankness, sprinkle it well with baking soda and gently rub it in with a scrub brush, so it gets into the mattress fabric where the stink lives. Let the baking soda sit for 10 minutes.

Step 3. Vacuum Again

By scrubbing the baking soda into your mattress you’ve helped it bond with moisture and body oils in the top layers of material. Vacuuming it a second time pulls that moisture out, along with the cause of the odors.

Step 4. Get The Stains Out

Mattresses typically acquire three types of stains: blood, urine, and what we’ll just call “other bodily fluids.” While it’s best to treat stains immediately, let’s face it, sometimes sleep is more important. Here’s how to clean stains on your mattress after they’ve set in:

Dried blood stains can be treated by making a paste of ¼  cup hydrogen peroxide (3%) mixed with 1 tbsp of each liquid dish soap and table salt. Lightly spread this onto the stain and allow it to sit until dry before scraping the residue off. Dab at any remaining stain with a white rag dipped into hydrogen peroxide, rotating the cloth as the stain lifts off. (Using a white rag prevents dye transfer from the cloth to the mattress.)

Urine stains are tough but not impossible to get out once they’re dry, but this two-step method helped dramatically when my kids were little.

  1. Dissolve 3 tbsp. baking soda in 8 oz. of hydrogen peroxide then add a drop or two of liquid dish soap. Dab this solution onto the spot. (Do NOT drench your mattress!)
  2. If the stain persists, wait until the area is dry then whisk together 3 tablespoons dry laundry detergent powder (NOT Oxiclean or anything containing oxygenated bleach) and 1 tablespoon water to make a dry foam. Lightly spread this on the stain and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Scrape the dried paste away with a spoon. Use a white cloth dipped into hydrogen peroxide to remove any stubborn bits of paste.
  4. Vacuum the area.

Other bodily fluids (vomit, etc.): Open the windows then, using a white rag, blot the stain with undiluted, unscented household ammonia. Do NOT drench your mattress! Wipe the area with a clean, damp cloth and sprinkle the spot with baking soda to neutralize the ammonia odor and pull out any lingering moisture. Let this dry then vacuum the area thoroughly.

Step 5. Flip it and repeat steps 1-4

Innerspring or coil mattresses should be flipped side-to-side and top-to-bottom weekly for the first three months of ownership, then quarterly after that. If yours is a pillow-top mattress you can’t flip it over but should still rotate it top to bottom seasonally.

While you’ve got the materials handy, repeat the cleaning process above after flipping your mattress.

Preventing Mattress Stains

Since cleaning a mattress is such a daunting task, I wholeheartedly recommend using a washable mattress cover. I’m not talking about the crinkly, plastic kind you might remember from childhood. These days, mattress covers are made from fabric bonded to a waterproof layer that prevents liquids and dead skin from touching your mattress. Pop the mattress cover into the wash if you have a spill, and make laundering it part of your routine, so you’ll never have to know how to clean a mattress again.

Hope this helps anyone out.

Febreze Fanatic!

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“Febreze Fanatic”! That’s how I would describe my wife. When they put Febreze on the market, it was like the sea parted. Her prayers had been answered. Now, my wife isn’t crazy (well, okay, debateable), she and I have 3 sons. That’s 4 guys under one roof, a dog, and her. And, I will admit us boys aren’t exactly odor free.

Forget it, WE STINK! Between all them playing sports and all their equipment and my bad cooking, us never hanging up the towels, cleaning up after ourselves…The list goes on. She had the bright idea of putting Febreze in every room. And she hides them. She’ll just walk in a room, pull out a bottle and SPRAY SPRAY SPRAY, then leave the room.

I hadn’t given this much thought at the time, but then I started finding these bottles everywhere. It was like finding all of Grandpa’s hidden gin bottles after he passed. So, now I’m wondering how much money do we spend on Febreze?

Target has it at 4.99 a bottle.

And I will absolutely state that I’m not putting down the product. It might be saving my marriage (kidding). I’m just stating that I did the math. There are a lot of rooms; the kids smell; how much are we spending on this every year?


Well, enough that I wanted a different solution, but I’d have to convince my wife because she will rebuttal. And I know where she will begin: How much do I spend on my digital cable football package on a flat screen that is unnecessarily too big for the family room? And then she will win.

So, I came up with a solution. I WILL FIND A WAY TO MAKE IT MYSELF! And it will be inexpensive and she will love it. And I know she can’t win then because I might be able to make homemade Febreze, but she can’t create The Packers play The Patriots on my tv. I win.

If it works. So, I did the research and there is a recipe that I experimented with and…


Here is the solution to making homemade Febreze. I call it “FANATIC”. It’s environmentally friendly, inexpensive, and fun to make.


#1  Empty Spray Bottle. I got it Walmart for 99¢.

#2  Three Tablespoons Of Fabric Softener. My house uses Downey, so I already had it.

#3 Three Cups Of Warm Water. Yes! Got that too.

#4 One Tablespoon Of Baking Soda. Had it in the fridge.

  • First, add 3 Tablespoons of Fabric Softener (favorite scent of Downy or other) to an empty spray bottle.
  • Then fill the spray bottle with 3 cups hot water.
  • Now add 1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda.
  • Finally shake the bottle vigorously and spray on a test area to make sure it will not stain a particular area.

Febreze is still a great product. I just try to find ways to lower the cost of things. My football package doesn’t pay for itself. There it is. Hope this helps out if you in the same dilemma I was. Have fun!

The Best Anniversary Gift

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My husband is just one of those normal guys. That sounds harsh. Let me restart. My husband, who I love and adore, is a normal guy when it comes to remembering birthdays and anniversaries, etc. He works hard and provides exactly the way you would want. We have 3 kids and he is there for every school event, sporting event, etc. He has to travel a lot for business, but I really can’t complain about the amount of things this man really accomplishes when it comes to our family.

So, our 15 year anniversary was coming up. I truthfully didn’t know what to get him. I thought maybe some football tickets for him and his best friend would be a great option. Which I did get, by the way.

It’s what he did that made me write about it.

Now, at the time before all this, I had no idea what was going on, but I now know his side of the story. He paid attention to me. He paid attention to what I complain about.

Now, I’ll paint the picture. I work too, part time thus having to get the kids to all their activities and homework and such. I don’t always have time to clean. I mean it’s not a pigsty, but there is room for improvement.

I come home from work on a day he’s suppose to get the kids, but the kids aren’t there (he had his sister and brother-in-law watch them that night). I walk into our house and it’s…


I mean the house is clean. It’s our 15 year anniversary and I expected a card, maybe flowers, hopefully diamonds, but this blew my mind. Our house is ridiculous clean. It smells so good. What did he do?

Okay, at first he did have that “yeah I’m the man” look on his face like he just scored the winning touchdown, but I was in such awe I didn’t care.

He knows I am a eco-crazy person. I want to clean very green friendly just because that’s how I grew up. For this matter (and I’m sure he doesn’t want to clean) I am in charge of the cleaning.

But he paid attention. His gift to me was a natural cleaned home. While I was at work he had a list that he compiled and used to eco-friendly clean our home.

What did he clean? I’m amazed. And more amazed at how he researched this enough to actually do it right.


Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • Sprinkle baking soda into the bowl, then drizzle with vinegar and scour with a toilet brush. This combination cleans and deodorizes.
  • Find out more about the household uses of baking soda and the uses of vinegar.

Cleaning Bathroom Tile and Tubs

  • Sprinkle baking soda in place of scouring powder in your tub or on the tiles. Rub with a damp sponge. Rinse Thoroughly.
  • To remove film buildup on bathtubs, apply full-strength vinegar to a sponge and wipe the area. Next, use baking soda as you would scouring powder. Rub with a damp sponge and rinse thoroughly.
  • Vinegar removes most dirt without scrubbing and doesn’t leave a film. Use ¼ cup (or more) vinegar to 1 gallon water.
  • To clean grout, put 3 cups baking soda into a medium-size bowl and add 1 cup warm water. Mix into a smooth paste and scrub into grout with a sponge or toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly and dispose of leftover paste when finished.


You know that grungy odor it makes and that makes no sense, well he fixed that.

  • Fill up the washing machine to it’s fullest capacity. I was recommended towels. They fill up a lot of space and scrub the washer while spinning. Kill two birds with one stone.
  • Set the washer to the hottest setting available.
  • Using a measuring cup, measure a full cup of white vinegar. (8 oz.)
  • Turn on the washer with the lid open so you can watch the water rise.
  • When the washer is about a ¼ of the way full of water, pour the white vinegar in, followed by 3 more cups as the water rises. Total: 4 cups of white vinegar.
  • Allow the washer to fill up the rest of the way. Close the lid and let the cycle begin.
  • After about 10minutes, open the lid,stopping the cycle, and, use the measuring cup to measure 1 cup (8 oz.) of the baking soda and add to the machine. Close the lid continuing its cycle. Total: 1 cup of baking soda.
  • Let it run it for about 10 more minutes. Then open the lid, stopping the cycle. Allow the water to sit there and soak for 25-35 minutes.
  • Shut the lid, restarting the cycle, and allow it to cycle all the way through until it is completely done washing.


My goodness, I married the right guy. Sorry to the other guy that won’t do this.


  • Remove a heavy film build-up caused by hard-water minerals by adding vinegar to the empty dishwasher after it fills with water at the start of its first cycle. Do this only if the appliance manual suggests it is okay.


  • Turn off and unplug the freezer.

Remove food and let the freezer defrost.

Wash the inside with a warm-water solution of mild detergent or baking soda (2 tablespoons of baking soda mixed with 1 quart of warm water.) Rinse and wipe it as dr as possibly. Vacuum the dust off the condenser coils.


  • Before leaving your home for several days, check to be sure all wastes have been flushed out of the disposal to avoid creating odors. If odors occur, remove them by running orange or lemon peels or ice cubes through the disposal.


  • To prevent messy oven cleanups, put a sheet of aluminum foil on the floor of the oven, but do not allow the foil to touch the heating element. Although this may slightly affect the browning of food, the foil can be easily disposed of when soiled.
  • For a spill in the oven, sprinkle salt on the spill while the oven is still warm. If the spill is completely dry, wet it lightly before sprinkling the salt. When the oven cools down, scrape away the spill and wash the area with a combination of baking soda and vinegar.
  • Slow grease buildup in your oven by dampening your cleaning rag with vinegar and water before wiping out your oven.


  • Turn off and unplug refrigerator.
  • Remove all food and removable interior parts.
  • To clean exterior and interior walls, dissolve 2 tablespoons baking soda in 1 quart warm water and wipe all surfaces.
  • For stubborn spots, rub with a baking soda paste.
  • Be sure to rinse with a clean, wet cloth.
  • To clean interior fixtures, such as vegetable bins and shelves, wash in hot, soapy water, rinse well and dry.
  • Fresh lemon juice in the rinse water removes soap film.

Okay this was the whole shabang! And yes he vacuumed. Well, as good as I could expect. He did use baking soda on the floor to refresh it so I’ll take it.

So, you want to impress your significant other for a big surprise. Do the above. Have fun!

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