Learning each and every day

My quest to edify myself a bit every day

Day 30 – January 30

If you have small children or pets, you’ve likely experienced pee on the floor, carpet, couch or mattress. The first two are relatively easy to clean up. A couch is a bit trickier, but still doable. Cleaning pee off of a mattress is a whole different story. For starters, mattresses can be big and unwieldy, so it’s not like you can stick them outside to get some sanitizing UV and to dry out. You can get a towel to soak up the mess, but you’ll likely be left with a stain and the stench. Gross! Today, I discovered a way to get rid of both the stain and stench, and it was so easy, I was shocked.

8oz hydrogen peroxide
3 T baking soda
a few drop of dish washing liquid (I used liquid castile soap)

Mix everything together in a spray bottle. Spray the mattress liberally, making sure to cover the entire stain. The stain should disappear within 20 minutes. You’ll probably be left with a bit of baking soda, just vacuum that up.

Pretty easy, right? A few notes: once you’ve mixed up the solution, you need to use it up within 20 minutes, that means no saving it for the next time. Also, I did find that my particular spray bottle had trouble getting the baking soda through the fine mist portion. This probably works best in a stream.

So next time your child or pet has a pee-pee accident, fret not!


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