My granddaughter had her first potty training accident today…at my house…while she was taking a pretend nap in my bed. I didn’t know it until she got up and said, “I peed in the bed.” I confess. I freaked out a little. Not at her – just at the idea that there was toddler pee in my bed.
So I ripped off all the bedding before the pee could soak through to the mattress. The pee made it all the way down to the mattress topper but not onto the mattress. Whew! I wiped up the mattress topper and stripped the bed. Then I piled the whole mess into the laundry basket and headed downstairs for some serious laundry.
In case you haven’t washed all your bedding in a while, it’s a good idea to periodically wash ALL of it, and if appropriate, turn the mattress. We have a plain old mattress and box springs and it’s helpful to flip and turn the mattress about once a year (kind of like you rotate the tires on your car). I’m not sure you do that on the newer sleep number and memory foam mattresses, but you do on the old-fashioned models like we have.
And while you’re at it, go ahead and wash all the bedding. My bedding laundry included:
- Mattress Pad
- Sheets (I wash the sheets weekly)
- Pillowcases (I wash the pillowcases weekly)
I also took the mattress topper outside, shook it out and then put it in the dryer for a few minutes.
It’s also beneficial to vacuum the mattress while all the bedding is off.
And when you’re finished, put it all back on and enjoy a wonderful night’s sleep on completely fresh bedding.
But just in case you have ADD or laundry’s not your thing, don’t forget to finish the bedding laundry and put it back on the bed. You definitely don’t want to walk into your bedroom at midnight, bleary eyed and exhausted, and realize you forgot to finish the bedding. Nope. Don’t do that. Set a timer so you don’t forget and get it done as quickly as possible.
And finally, everyone has different ideas about how often the bedding (not including sheets) needs washed. I do the mattress pad at least once a year (or more if needed – like when toddlers forget to use the potty). And I wash the quilt a couple times a year.
Do you periodically wash all your bedding and turn your mattress? How often do you do it?