There are many joys of parenting. One of those joys is not having to remove pee stains from a mattress, a mattress that had a waterproof mattress protector on it.
One of my daughters, unfortunately, has an issue with wetting the bed at night. While she’s been potty trained for over a year, and doesn’t wet her bed every night, it’s still regularly happening. Unfortunately this has led to urine stains on her mattress. Multiple urine stains that smell.
The waterproof mattress protectors we placed under our daughter’s sheets, failed. I think the heat from the dryer or their less than top-of-the-line materials, left them anything but waterproof.
Since our twins don’t have assigned beds, not only did I have to clean a mattress that has urine on it once, but twice. This stank (literally) because they were new mattresses. And I really wanted to remove the stain and the smell, as quickly and easily as possible, because I couldn’t afford to replace them. And because I love efficiency.
Thanks to an internet search I found this awesome post from the Inspired Housewife, that had a cheap, easy, and effective way to get urine stains out of a mattress. I decided to try it out for myself on my daughters’ very urinated on mattresses, with old pee stains, and their nice musty pee smell. I wanted to see if it really would work and how well or not it did.
I did the following urine stain removing method and then promptly bought this new waterproof mattress cover so I would never have to do it again.
You can watch the video below for the tutorial. But be sure to read on for more tips and advice on how to do it, like recommended spray bottles, and more:
The Pee Stained Mattresses Before Cleaning:
First, I want to show you just how bad my kids’ pee stained mattresses were:
Yuck! Definitely not what I want my kids’ mattresses to look like and to be sleeping on! Plus, the smell was not so hot.
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How to Get a Pee Stain out of a Mattress
**Please spot test a small area before doing your entire mattress. Some mattresses, like memory foam or pillow top mattresses, may not do well with this treatment. It will depend on what your mattress is made out of and how you are supposed to clean it. Use at your own risk. I am not responsible for any lasting damage that may occur from you doing this. I used the following tutorial on a regular spring mattress and it worked great. Thousands of others have also used it with the same great results.
Pee Stain Removal Cleaning Solution
To remove a pee stain from a mattress you need:
- Empty spray bottle
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Baking Soda
- Liquid dishwashing soap.
- Drop of Lavender Essential Oil (optional)
- Handheld vacuum or canister vacuum
Take the empty spray bottle (these ones are supposed to not clog) and pour in 8 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, 3 tablespoons of baking soda (add with a funnel. , and a drop of liquid hand dishwashing soap.
You can also add in a drop of lavender or other essential oil to help neutralize the smell. Plus, lavender oil is said to help induce sleep.
Spin everything around a little bit, but don’t shake it up too much or it may bubble up way too much. Now your urine removing formula is ready to go!
Spray it all over your mattress and get it nice and saturated, especially on the nice yellow pee stains.
And that’s it! Just make sure to use the mixture right away for best results as the peroxide starts to break down in light.
Within a few minutes you will magically start to see the pee stains disappear! It’s really that simple!
**If you have problems with clogging, try using less baking soda, mixing it in the peroxide really well then pouring it into the spray bottle, applying directly to the bed by pouring or scrubbing it in with a cloth, or getting a better spray bottle.
I had to make another bottle since I had quite the surface area to cover with two twin mattresses, so I ended up spraying both mattresses twice as I had extra solution made up. I also realized I forgot to get the sides of the mattress (who knew there were stains there, too?).
The end results are amazing! There is a slight yellow residue, but vastly improved.
To get rid of the gritty baking soda residue on top of the mattress, wait an hour or so, or until the mattress is dry, and then vacuum the mattress with a high-quality vacuum (I love my Kirby vacuum for cleaning mattresses – I use it as part of my regular mattress care).
The Mattress After Removing the Stains:
Here are the results!:
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