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How to Make a Bed Smell Good (And Prevent Bad Odors)

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Are you trying to find a comfortable sleeping environment? Does your bed smell bad? Relax. We will help you with tips on making your sleeping environment cool, particularly your bed. Which area of specialization you are, you require a comfortable, peaceful, and sound sleep.

Several factors can make an excellent night’s sleep, but the smell is usually overlooked. In many instances, it is not only one factor that contributes to the unpleasant odor. It combines elements such as moisture, sweat, cigarette smoke, and even dirty carpets.

Remember, these sources of odors are not visible, so you need to search to identify the exact source of bad odors thoroughly.

To make your bed smell good, clean your bed sheets every week with a nice smelling detergent, ventilate your room with pleasant air fresheners, and thoroughly clean your bedroom.

Why Does My Room Smell Bad?

Bad odors can come from various places, some of which are more noticeable than others. Malodors can penetrate a home, from mold and waste to pets and dirty dishes. Some of the most common causes include the following:

Stagnant Air

It is not easy to believe that air can have a scent, but the air that isn’t circulated can smell stale or musty. Pollutants have a bad odor and can make any place seem stuffy when they gather.

Stale air is unpleasant at low levels but can constitute a health hazard at more significant levels.


Dust is more than just a thin layer of grime that coats your furniture and other households. It’s made up of anything from dead skin, pollen, insect droppings, pet hair and dander, insects, and dirt. Yuck.

It makes your home appear and feel dirty, can harm electrical and furniture surfaces, degrade air quality and emit a musty odor.

People with allergies should be extra careful about cleaning dust because it can cause breathing problems.


Unpleasant musty, or damp odors can come from moist soil in a crawl space or beneath a house, especially in older structures. If left ignored, the odor will permeate your home and possibly destroy your furniture.


Food that has been left out, thrown in the trash, or thrown down the garbage disposal can swiftly cause disaster. Even food that has been left in the fridge for long hours, think of leftovers. They can spoil and begin to smell.

Here is how to remove coffee stains from your mattress and bedding.

Dirty Laundry

Laundry that has been neglected, particularly garments that have become wet or moist such as swimming suits and gym attire, can quickly become nasty.

If you don’t have time to wash laundry regularly, hang wet clothing to dry before throwing it in the hamper.


Moisture is the leading cause of bad odors, and it can be found in moist rooms such as the bathroom and unexpected places such as the closet.

If you live in a humid area, avoid wall-to-wall carpeting and keep wall-to-wall carpeting out of bathrooms and kitchens as much as possible, regardless of where you reside. Also, ensure your bathroom has a fan or window to prevent moisture from accumulating.

How to Make a Bed Smell Good

Step 1: Ventilate Your Room with Air Fresheners

The first step in making your bed smell nice is ventilating your room. Body odor in sweat is transferred to your sheets and pajamas when you sweat while sleeping. To get rid of bad odors, open the windows and regularly place a fan in the entryway.

Using air fresheners to ventilate your room is another excellent technique to keep your bed and room smelling good. Choose your favorite scent and hang it in your home to give it a boost of freshness. Reed diffusers are quick and easy to fill a room with a pleasant aroma.

Step 2: Clean Your Bed Sheets Every Week Using A Fragrant Detergent

Every week, wash your pillows and linens with a fragrant detergent for a pleasant smell. Remember to clean your rugs on a regular basis as well.

Moisture is suppressed, mites are prevented from settling, and dust is neutralized by cleaning the beddings you sleep on every night.

The peaceful aroma can make you sleep like a baby if you clean your bed sheets regularly with a fragrant detergent. Also, aromatic bed linens help reduce allergies if you keep them fresher for longer. 

Here is a list of the best-smelling detergents on the market.

Step 3: Complete a Deep-Clean of Your Bedroom

Bad smells can often be difficult to eliminate by simply ventilating the area because they tend to emerge from the same source over and over. So, in addition to washing your sheets on a regular basis, give your bedroom a thorough cleaning.

Since your carpet accumulates sweat and filth from your shoes or bare feet, it should be cleaned and washed on a regular basis. The curtains act as filters, sticking to bad smells, mostly cigarette smoke. To eliminate lingering scents, change your curtains regularly and avoid smoking in your bedroom as much as possible.

How To Get Rid of Smells and Odors from A Mattress

You may find that the lingering odor is still present even after following the above instructions. It’s possible that your mattress is to blame.

To get rid of baked-in odors, use a vacuum cleaner to clean dirt and dust, a chemical like baking soda or distilled white vinegar to remove smells and odors, a mattress topper to prevent stains, and flip your mattress regularly.

Step 1: Using Vacuum Cleaner

Using a vacuum cleaner to remove dirt or dust from the top and bottom of your mattress is the first step in making your bed smell wonderful.

This will also help in removing things that create odors or allergic reactions, such as food waste or invisible deposits.

The more you vacuum, the fewer odors will accumulate in your mattress. 

Step 2: Use Chemical Like Baking Soda or Distilled White Vinegar

This approach is a little more complicated, but you can eliminate lingering odors by using a chemical like baking soda or distilled white vinegar.

Spread thin layers of baking soda on your beddings. Allow it to dry in the sun for a few hours before vacuuming it up. The baking soda will absorb the scents, leaving you with a fresh mattress.

You can also use white vinegar that has been distilled. Mix equal amounts of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle.

To get rid of those nasty odors, spray lightly all over your mattress, let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse with water.

I have written a comprehensive guide to mixing cleaning products that may interest you.

Step 3: Putting On a Mattress Topper

Installing a mattress topper is the simplest way to keep your mattress clean. Use a mattress topper to protect your mattress from stains, grime, dust, sweat, and body heat. It’s much easier to wash or remove and air a mattress topper than to wash and air your entire mattress.

In addition, many mattress toppers contain smells like aloe vera, which help eliminate odors. 

Step 4: Flip Your Mattress from Time to Time

Turn the mattress over to ensure that both sides are clean and exposed to fresh air. This will assist in preventing odors from accumulating on one side of your mattress.

To protect your mattress, always cover it with linen or a blanket. A mattress topper, for example, is, of course, the best alternative for protection. 

How Do I Make My Sheets Smell Better?

To improve the scent of your linens, wash them once a week, use an air freshener in your room, and open your windows during the day to ensure that your bed smells good.

Follow these simple actions to address the problem.

Step 1: Wash Your Sheets Once Week

To keep your sheets smelling fresh, wash them once a week. Artificial smells found on filthy or stale bedding will cover the problem.

Although this may help during the week if you don’t have time to wash your sheets, only cleaning filthy or stale bedding will completely clear the odor.

Step 2: During the week, use an air freshener for a burst of fresh scent.

Since most people are busy during the weekend, you can use an air freshener between washes. The clothes, furniture, and bedding absorb all scents from the room.

You can conceal such unpleasant odors on your bedding by hanging your favorite air freshener or spraying with your best air fresheners until you have time to rewash them. You can use an air freshener without artificial additives.

Step 3: During the day, open your windows for better ventilation.

Open your windows during the day for increased airflow in your room to help in removing the bad odors in your sheets.

This will also assist in circulating bad odors and bring fresh air from outside, giving your bedding a new lease of life.

I wrote a guide on how to remove coffee stains, and one on how to remove urine stains that may interest you to read next.

Benefits Of Good Bed Hygiene

There are numerous reasons to make your bed comfortable and conducive. We have provided some of the best alternatives you can use.

It’s also worth noting that each of these benefits contributes to the total advantage of sleeping well and keeping healthy, which is especially crucial now.

You will be less prone to illness.

Thinking of how quickly a dirty bed may become contaminated with bacteria, it’s no surprise that sleeping in a clean bed puts you at a lower chance of getting sick.

Considering that we spend almost a third of our lives resting or attempting to sleep, it is well worth ensuring that we spend that time in a conducive environment. 

Your bed becomes more comfortable.

Going to sleep in a bed with pristine linens is a captivating experience. Sleeping in a freshly made bed was Britain’s favorite pleasure in a BUPA poll of the 50 greatest things in life.

And while this isn’t a scientifically quantifiable advantage, we can all agree that it’s much easier to fall asleep wrapped in soft, clean linen.

You will enjoy better air quality in your room.

Your mattress, in particular, is a magnet for dust and the dust mites that accompany it. Millions of particles can lurk in a dirty environment, contributing to the poor air quality in your bedroom.

You may get rid of this dust by carefully cleaning your bed, which will make breathing easier as you sleep.

You will be less prone to allergies.

A dirty bed can harbor various allergens, including pet hair, pollen, chemicals, and mold, in addition to the dust we just described.

Any of these can cause chaos if you have allergies, even keeping you awake at night as you sniff and sneeze in bed. A thorough cleaning will eliminate annoying particles from your bed, allowing you to enjoy a restful night’s sleep.

You will get a mental boost.

You’ll feel fantastic after cleaning your bed, and you’ll probably yearn to spend some time relaxing in your fresh bed.

It can also be an excellent mental lift to complete a task around the house, especially when surrounded by so much negativity. It’s wise to make your bed every morning to make a difference.

Final words

There are quick and simple ways to get bad smells from your bed. The most obvious are the ones we have discussed above.

However, it is also wise to change your bedding to ensure body smells are laundered away. Again, a mattress protector or pad is great to prevent odors from seeping into your mattress.

Next, you can check out my guide on how to make your sheets fit perfectly on your mattress.


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