This 3-step process will remove urine stains from your mattress in no time!
A few years ago, my husband and I got a brand new, luxury mattress right before Christmas.
We were ecstatic. We had the mattress delivered straight to our door, and it was one of the best early Christmas gifts (to ourselves) ever.
Not only did we have a very nice brand new mattress, but we also avoided the dreaded mattress showroom experience and avoided any and all delivery fees by ordering it online.
Since I absolutely hate shopping, I was doing a happy dance when ordering our mattress took a matter of minutes!
The mattress came to us in a box about the size of a mini fridge box.
It came all rolled up, and hubby and I unrolled it together. We then left it for a few hours to expand a bit.
We had been wanting a safer mattress, and this one far exceeded the standards of our previous mattress.
The first night’s sleep was wonderful. The second night’s sleep was going well until…I woke up–in a pool of pee.
One of our children had climbed into bed with us the night before and had peed in the bed–leaving a giant urine stain on our brand spanking new mattress!
I don’t normally mind when our kids climb into bed with us at night. They are only little once, and we will miss their cuddles one day.
But for urine to get on our brand new mattress two nights after we got it?!
I will be honest: I was mad. I was so mad, that my husband had to remind me that I’m the one who usually tells him not to “cry over spilled milk.” It was an accident, after all.
“A bedwetting accident was bound to happen eventually,” he said. “It might as well have happened now.”
Still, I was determined to keep this mattress nice, so I had to figure out how to clean pee from my memory-foam mattress–and stat!
To my relief, getting the pee out of the mattress only took two ingredients, and I already had them both on hand!
Ingredients You Need to Remove Urine from a Mattress
- Vinegar – Effective on stains with mild disinfectant properties1, though the usage here is mostly for reducing the smell or urine since diluted vinegar is not strong enough to be considered a disinfectant.2 (Warning: Do not use with bleach!)
- Baking Soda – Most often used in baking, this natural mineral is helpful in neutralizing bad odors and also has some antibacterial properties as well.3
You likely already have these ingredients in your pantry, and, if not, you can easily buy them at any local grocery store! Our mattresses have been peed on so many times now (again–we have four kids!) that we always keep these on hand.
Homemade Mattress Cleaning Solution
- 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1-2 cups baking soda
You will also need:
- 2-3 large towels
- spray bottle
- vacuum cleaner
How to Clean Pee Out of a Mattress
Step 1 – Remove all sheets, blankets, and mattress covers, getting them in the washing machine as quickly as possible (preferably before it dries).
Step 2 – Blot the urine by pressing a large towel into the mattress (don’t try to scrub it out!), getting up as much of the liquid as possible. (If you have a white towel that’s even better as fabric dye can sometimes rub off onto memory foam.) Mattresses, both memory foam and traditional, tend to absorb a lot of liquid and take a long time to dry, so this step is really important in trying to avoid lingering smells!
Step 3 – Pour the white vinegar and water into your spray bottle and spray the entire urine spot with this solution and let stand for at least five to ten minutes. You’ll want to be slightly heavy handed here so that the vinegar/water solution gets into the mattress a bit.
Step 4 – Using a clean towel, it’s again time to blot out all remaining liquid.
Step 5 – Sprinkle baking soda over the entire wet stain. Let stand for 8-10 hours. (Ideally, you will do this first thing in the morning, as soon as you discover the pee on the mattress, in order to give it all day to sit!)
Step 6 – Vacuum up the baking soda.
Repeat the process if the urine stain and odor are still on the mattress. The odor should be completely gone from the mattress, but you may still have a very faint stain.
Related: Homemade Bathroom Cleaning Recipes
I was very satisfied after using this method to remove urine from the mattress after only one cleaning!
There was still a faint circle, especially around the edges where I did not get baking soda, but I was happy that it was mostly unnoticeable.
As irony would have it, another one of our children wet in our bed two nights before I wrote this post!
Lucky me: I had the opportunity to try out this method of getting pee out of a mattress again.
I used the exact same method to remove the urine from my memory foam mattress, and this time I saw it work even better–even removing more of the original stain!
This confirmed to me that repeating the process really does yield the best results, if you have the patience for that. In the years since this has happened, I’ve used this method again and again.
While, ideally, just use a good mattress cover and avoid this predicament all together, this method for getting pee out of mattresses is a lifesaver (and mattress saver!).
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- Reliable and scientific tips for cleaning with vinegar. NSF. (n.d.). Retrieved February 24, 2023, from https://www.nsf.org/blog/consumer/reliable-scientific-tips-cleaning-with-vinegar
- Zinn, M.-K., & Bockmühl, D. (2020, August 26). Did granny know best? evaluating the antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral efficacy of acetic acid for home care procedures. BMC microbiology. Retrieved February 24, 2023, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7447605/
- Qualmann, A. G. and K. (2022, July 12). The Science of Baking Soda. ACS Axial | ACS Publications. Retrieved February 24, 2023, from https://axial.acs.org/2018/08/03/the-science-of-baking-soda/