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Do you clean your mattress? Here's why you should — and the easiest way to do it

by Courtney Gisriel / / Source: TODAY

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You wash your sheets once a week, or at least you should if you want to keep dust mites at bay. So why would you want to put those freshly washed sheets on a dingy old mattress?

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You definitely don't have to clean your mattress as often as you clean your sheets, but you should give your bed a complete once over at least every six months. We've got a complete guide to cleaning your mattress and getting rid of just about any kind of stain that you might find.

If you're looking for a quick-fix option, we've got you covered, too! Check out our video on the easiest mattress-cleaning method and follow the steps below for a good cleaning that'll make your mattress a place you'll love to fall asleep.

1. Take all the sheets off the bed — seems obvious, but if you forget this step, you'll be in for a world of mess!

2. Spray the mattress with white vinegar. Wait until the mattress is completely dry.

3. Sprinkle baking soda on top of the dry mattress. Wait a few minutes to let it set in.

4. Using a small, handheld vacuum, suction up all of the baking soda from the surface of the bed.

5. Make the bed again and you're ready for a great night's sleep!

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