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How to Clean a Mattress after a Bed-Wetting Accident

Most children who wet their beds eventually grow out of it. Cleaning up is a snap with these simple tips.


  • Step 1: Blot the urine Blot the urine with paper towels.
  • Step 2: Mix solution Mix a solution of ½ cup white vinegar and 1 quart warm water. Dampen the urine-stained area with the solution, wait a few hours, and then soak up any excess liquid.
  • TIP: You can substitute hydrogen peroxide for white vinegar.
  • Step 3: Mix cornstarch and water Mix cornstarch and water together until you get a thick consistency.
  • Step 4: Spread Spread the mixture over the stained area, let it sit until dry, and then vacuum it up.
  • Step 5: Mix vinegar and dish soap Mix a solution of ¼ cup white vinegar and ½ cup liquid dish detergent.
  • Step 6: Apply solution Apply the solution to the stain and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then soak up the solution and sprinkle it with cornstarch.
  • Step 7: Let dry Let it dry and vacuum it up.
  • FACT: Kids usually grow out of bed-wetting. About 13 percent of 6-year-olds wet the bed, while about 5 percent of 10-year-olds do.

You Will Need

  • Paper towels
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Cornstarch
  • A vacuum
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Hydrogen peroxide (optional)

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