How To Get Smells Out Of Your Mattress (& Keep Them Fresh)

A good night’s sleep is key to starting any successful day. In fact, the quality of our sleep and our overall mood are more directly related than you might have guessed. Recent studies show that even slight sleep deprivation can have a major impact on our mood.

If you’ve found yourself dealing with lingering smells on your mattress, it’s safe to assume you’ve lost some sleep over this issue and your mood has suffered. Let’s dive into some best practices for removing unwanted smells from your mattress and how best to keep them fresh and last longer!

Distilled White Vinegar

A good starting point for controlling and eliminating unwanted smells from your mattress is using distilled white vinegar, which you probably already have on-hand. The process is fairly simple and involves mixing distilled vinegar with water in a spray bottle and applying it directly to your mattress. White vinegar is a natural deodorizer that makes for a great cleaning agent that will leave behind a fresh scent on your mattress.

Baking Soda

Another common household item that can help to eradicate smells is baking soda, which again you probably already have in your arsenal of kitchen products. The practice of using baking soda to deodorize your mattress is to sprinkle the product across the surface of your bare mattress and let it sit for at least half an hour. After it has sat unbothered, vacuum up the rest of the baking soda to remove the product and any other unwanted particles from the surface of your mattress.

Corn Starch

Corn starch is another great option for removing smells from your bed. This common household product can be used similarly to baking soda to remove smells or to treat problem stains. To use, simply mix your corn starch with water and apply it directly to your mattress. Then, use paper towels to blot and remove any excess product.  

Wondering how to avoid a smelly mattress to begin with? When it comes to keeping your bedding fresh over time, here are a couple bits of advice.

Wash Your Bedding

Washing your bedding at least once a week, or at most, once every two weeks, is one of the easiest ways to ensure your entire sleep solution stays fresh. We naturally sweat and shed dead skin cells while we sleep, so it’s important to regularly launder your bedding to keep it as clean and tidy as possible.

Use a Mattress Protector

The great thing about mattress protectors is that they offer many different benefits, but in this case, a mattress protector acts as a barrier between your mattress and your bedsheets. This is a great option for keeping your mattress safe as they are affordable, easy to wash, and protect your mattress from any moisture, stains, or dead skin cells while you sleep.

Overall, there are a handful of common products you may or may not already own that can help you eliminate and deodorize smells from your mattress. This, along with some routine cleaning, can help make your mattress last longer and stay fresher.

However, if you struggle to see success in controlling your mattress smell, it may be time to consider replacing your mattress. MLILY proudly offers high-quality mattresses that’ll fit any budget. Plus, with free shipping and a 10-year warranty, you’re guaranteed to love your mattress for many years to come. Find your local MLILY stockist and the mattress of your dreams today!


MLILY are constantly striving to make the most advanced products and offer the best sleep solutions. As such we look forward to introducing a range of newly innovated products at AIFF stand J42 (13-16 July 2023) including our premium memory foam mattresses, adjustable beds, pillows & lift chairs. Read MLILY Australia's National Sales Manager Adam Duckett's recent interview ahead of the upcoming AIFF Our team is looking forward to seeing you there, for further information on any of the product shown at the show please contact MLILY head office. 

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