DIY Mattress Freshening

At least one third of our lives is spent sleeping on a mattress. Add in time spent reading, watching television, cuddling, nursing, and playing on one and the amount of time that we spend on our mattresses increases significantly.

If you think about the activities that take place in the bed, be it a bed you sleep alone in or one that you share with another adult and/or children, you will see how a mattress needs to be refreshed every now and then.

Many mattress are found to contain sweat, blood, urine, and other bodily fluids, along with dirt and dust. Some without a good, natural moisture barrier also contain mold and mildew.

Gross to think about? Absolutely. The good news is that it’s easy to freshen a mattress, even though it’s not something many of us think to doYOU SAID THERE'S

Here’s How You Can Freshen Your Mattress

1. Start with washing all of the bedding including the mattress protector. In order to insure that any nasty germs are killed off, add about 10 drops of tea tree oil to your laundry detergent. Tea tree has been proven to kill off everything from the flu virus to MRSA!

2. Vacuum the mattress in every crease and crevice with the upholstery attachment. This will get rid of any dead skin cells, dust and other debris that have made their way there.

3. Mix some baking soda with 10 drops of tea tree oil and 10 drops of lavender oil. You can use a mason jar, shaking the mixture to combine the oils with the baking soda. Sprinkle the mixture over the bed and let it sit for a few hours. The baking soda will neutralize and odors and absorb any moisture. The oils will help to kill any germs on the surface of the mattress.

4. Vacuum up the baking soda once again using the upholstery attachment.

5. Spot clean any stains. The stains on mattresses are usually those of body fluid, and if you are finding them after freshening your mattress for the first time, then they have most likely been there for a while. You may not be able to fully remove them at this point, but here are some recipes to try. Please note that you do not want to get a lot of fluid on your mattress, so use as little as possible when cleaning it.

For blood: Make a paste of 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1 tbsp liquid dish soap and 1 tbsp of salt. Rub it in, let it sit and then scrape it off.

For urine and sweat: Mix 3 tbsp baking soda into 8 ounces of hydrogen peroxide with 2 small drops of dish soap. Mix until the baking soda is dissolved and dab this on the spot.

For vomit: Make a paste using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Set it on the stain, let it sit and then scrape it off.

If you needed to do any spot treatments, wait until any damp spots on the mattress are dry before putting any bedding back on.
When you are sure that your mattress is dry from any spot cleaning, put all of the bedding back on and relax knowing that you will sleep ‘fresh’ tonight!

 

 

 

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Pea Season, Easter… SALAD!!!

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(photo credit: bonnieplants.com)

It’s Spring and things are green, literally.  This is a green blog, green things are growing, Easter is almost upon us.  What better way to celebrate all things healthy and green than with a recipe showcasing fresh peas, which are at the peak of their season.

We like peas.  Peas are green, peas are good for you and peas are tasty.  Peas are packed with anti-cancer phytonutrients that also provide key anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.  Peas have a low glycemic index coupled with a high fiber and protein content which, combined with their phytonutrients, makes the benefits of eating peas far-reaching.  Peas are also beneficial to the soil in which they are grown.  They are considered a “nitrogen fixing” crop, taking in nitrogen from the air and with the help of bacteria in the soil, converting it into more usable forms, thus increasing essential nitrogen levels in the soil and eliminating the need for fertilizers.  Now, back to the “peas are tasty” part.

This fresh pea salad showcases them in their freshest form, with lemon brightening up the flavor and heirloom carrots adding a pop of color.  I’ve set forth this recipe in a less structured manner, so that you can adjust it to whatever number guests you have.  As it is currently, the recipe will serve 2 people.

For this recipe, you’ll need the following:

A handful of pea tendrils (or pea shoots) if you can get them.  If you’re looking, don’t go to Whole Foods in El Segundo, they’re not there.
1 lb fresh, organic garden peas in the pod
2 organic heirloom carrots (grated)
1/2 cup feta cheese
1 lemon
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 springs of mint, (about 10 leaves), julienned
salt
pepper

Directions:

Remove the peas from their pods, rinse and set aside.  Rinse and julienne mint leaves.  Rinse and grate carrots.

Make vinaigrette – zest the lemon (be careful to only scrape off the top layer, the white part of the rind is very sour), mix the zest with juice of 1/2 the lemon, salt and pepper to taste.  Emulsify with olive oil.

Mix the peas, (pea shoots if you’ve got ‘em), carrots, mint and feta cheese in a bowl, dress with vinaigrette and serve.

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Not only is this fresh pea salad incredibly tasty, but it will leave you energized and better looking.  (Just kidding about the better looking thing, you’re perfect as you are.)  If you eat meat, this will be a refreshing compliment to your Easter rack of lamb.  Have a great weekend everyone!