How to clean blood, vomit and pee out of your kid’s mattress

Parenting

No matter what bodily fluid you’re dealing with, we’ve got the remedy—plus a tip to save you from stumbling through making their bed in the middle of the night.

It’s the worst morning surprise: your kid’s mattress soaked in pee, blood from a nosebleed or vomit. Soak up as much as you can, then try this:

How to get blood out of a mattress

  1. Pour a small amount of peroxide and dab the stain away. Repeat as needed.
  2. Rinse the peroxide out with water and allow to dry.

How to get vomit out of a mattress

  1. Generously sprinkle baking soda on the surface. 
  2. Spray vinegar on top; let sit for a few hours, or until dry. 
  3. Vacuum up the dried remnants, wipe with a wet cloth and let dry.

How to get pee out of a mattress

  1. Make up a solution of 2 tbsp baking soda and a few drops of Dawn Ultra dish soap. Add in 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Spray the area and let dry.
  3. Go over the spot with a steam vac, if you have one (they’re a solid investment!). Or apply disinfecting spray (half rubbing alcohol and half water works, too) over the dried stain to kill the smell.

Tip: Make a lasagna bed to preserve your mattress and save midnight sheet changes: Layer a waterproof mattress pad and a sheet, then another mattress pad and sheet set. In the event of a late-night accident or illness, strip a layer and throw it in the washer.

Meet the experts who shared their tips, tricks and hacks:

Sarah Mcallister—Calgary
With more than two million followers, McAllister’s company, Go Clean Co., is kind of a big deal on Instagram. Known for her undying love of powdered Tide detergent and for bringing the concept of laundry stripping to the mainstream, McAllister is a serial entrepreneur and mom of one.

Danielle Tays—Hampton, New Brunswick
Better known as @momthatlovestoclean on TikTok, this mother of one and stepmom of two soothed her COVID anxiety by sharing her knowledge and tips. Boasting more than 450,000 followers, she and her like-minded cleaning squad refer to themselves as the #mopsquad.

Jamie Moorhouse—Toronto
Along with partner Sean Campbell, Moorhouse started Condo Fresh Inc. in 2011 with a goal of providing professional cleaning and organizing with a natural spin. After encouragement from his customers, he recently launched his own line of natural cleaners, called Moorfreshouse Inc.

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