I’ll be honest.  I was SO sceptical when I came across this simple way to remove stains from a mattress.  Unfortunately my “sleep-walking/peeing” toddler made it so I needed to go out searching for this information and when I found this, it seemed too good to be true.

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How to Remove Urine Stains from a Mattress

I have mattress covers on all of our beds, but I just discovered this week, that some water-proof mattress pads work better than others.  My toddler has been getting up during the night, probably needing to go to the bathroom.  But, instead of making it to the bathroom, he finds another bed to climb in and goes back to sleep.  We’ve found him in with my oldest and at the foot of my bed.  This past week, he left me the gift of a peed mattress and I was mortified.  I’ve never had to clean urine out of our mattresses.  So, I went searching for a way to remove urine stains from a mattress and get rid of the awful urine smell and I came across a couple of amazing cleaners!

Simple Way to Remove Urine Stains from a Mattress

Moms of boys (and pets) everywhere rejoiced when Clorox released its Urine Remover for Stains and Odors!  I’ve asked several moms of boys who have used this and they all swear by it. Definitely worth a try.

Pick some up here: Clorox Urine Remover for Stains and Odors

 Clorox Urine Remover for Stains and Odors


Easy Cleaner for Removing Urine Stains from a Mattress

If you are looking for something that is more natural, you can easily make this cleaner from home!  It is amazing and has worked to take out some really aggressive stains.

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The homemade cleaner that I found only uses 3 ingredients and I had them all at my house.  Perfect!

Homemade Cleaner Recipe

  • 8 oz Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 3 Tbls Baking Soda
  • 1 Drop Liquid Dish Soap

That’s it!  Use a funnel to add all ingredients to a spray bottle.  You will want to add the Hydrogen Peroxide first and then the baking soda and dish soap so that the baking soda dissolves.  Then swirl and gently shake until the supplies are mixed.  If the baking soda isn’t dissolved, it will clog the spray bottle.

Spray the area on your mattress that needs to be cleaned until it is covered well.  Then wait for 5-10 minutes and watch the magic begin.  I turned on my ceiling fan to get it to dry more quickly.  I’m kicking myself for not taking before and after pictures but the before wasn’t pretty.  Now my mattress is nice and pretty again.  You may need to use this a couple of times on harder stains, but overall it should really help with just one use.

This cleaner cannot be stored in a spray bottle because it will erode the plastic, so once you are done cleaning, safely dispose of it. I didn’t have much left after cleaning the mattress.   And of course now I am in search for a better water-proof mattress pad, because mine is old and after many washes, just isn’t cutting it anymore.

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What tips do you have to remove urine stains from a mattress? 

This post is a part of our series 31 Days of Tips for Raising Boys. Each day throughout the series we are discussing a different topic regarding raising boys.  I’d love for you to follow along and share this series with other parents of boys who may need some support or just to hear that they aren’t alone in their journey of raising boys.

Find all of our posts in one place on our series home page:  31 Days of Tips for Raising Boys

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