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30 years ago, I started using Avon sprinkle bath powder to sprinkle on my rugs for them to smell fresh. After leaving on a few minutes, I vacuumed it up. I also have sprinkled my favorite Avon bath powder on top of my mattress cover rubbing in the powder before putting on the sheets. I also sprinkle a little on the pillow before I put back the slip cover. The room smells great and so does the bed. Years later, a spray came out to spray on your covers, couch, etc. However, it left a wet film. The powder doesn't.
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I am renting and my landlord gave us a kingsize bed. My problem is that the mattress smells from body odor and where ever it was stored. How can I get that odor out? I have tried Febreze and Lysol. It is driving us crazy.
Regardless of how much of the odor you can remove I would encase the mattress in plastic and then put a mattress cover over top of that before putting your sheets on. You are then protected from anything distasteful left on the mattress as well as any lingering odor.
I would sleep on an air mattress before I would sleep on a mattress that smelled of body odors or any other kind of odors. But if you insist on keeping the bed, you could dilute white distilled vinegar with water in a spray bottle and spritz the mattress. Don't soak it, just spray it on lightly and allow to dry. I read this in a little book on many uses for vinegar.
baking soda and borax should do the trick, but as others have said, best to get a mattress cover.
Put the mattress out in the sun. The sun has ultraviolet rays the kill bacteria that causes smells. I do this regularly with my pillows that I can not wash as they are latex. Pillows smell much nicer after a day in the sun!
Walmart has the mattress covers for $8-$15 bucks, then go to overstock.com and buy yourself a 2inch memory foam topper for under $70. Now your sleeping on a new bed with no smell since the vinyl mattress cover is stopping the funk
I realize I am a little late on this. A very very good vacuuming with a beater bar is first. Then I would go buy an enzyme cleaner (like for cat and dog urine). Spray the mattress good and let it sit for a good 10 minutes. Then blot with towels or if you have a shop vacuum suck it up with that.
As for the memory foam mattress. I would call the company, especially after only 6 or so months and raise hell. That mattress cost a fortune and I would want them to take care of it.
This is a page about remove urine odors from a mattress. A strong smell that can be difficult to remove from a mattress.
Removing a musty smell from a bed will probably require some deep cleaning. This is a page about removing musty smell from a bed.