Effectively clean up bedwetting incidents

It's no fun when you have to clean up after your child who struggles with bedwetting. Sometimes nightmares or forgetfulness can be the reason your kid still wets the bed at night. On the other hand, how do you clean up after your child who  wet the bed?

Here are three tips we know will be helpful after your child has urinated on his/her bed:

1. Wash the covers and bed sheets normally

Use detergent as you normally when washing your child's bed sheets and covers. If there is an extra strong smell of urine despite you washing the sheets, add a half-cup of vinegar to the washing machine to remove the smell. Toss the freshly washed sheets and covers into the dryer.

2. Clean your child's mattress with this solution

Gather the following ingredients and materials to create this mattress cleaning solution:

  • Cold water
  • Detergent
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Wash cloth
  • Vacuum

Mix the vinegar and water with a ratio of two parts vinegar and one part water. Add one drop of detergent then apply the solution to the affected areas with the wash cloth. After application, allow the solution to sit for 10-15 minutes.

When the 10-15 minutes has passed, sprinkle baking soda on the affected areas and allow it to soak up the vinegar solution for another 10-15 minutes.

Finish up the process by vacuuming the baking soda from your child's mattress.

3. Air out the mattress

The last step in cleaning up after a bedwetting incident is allowing the mattress to air dry. You can make this happen by doing one or more of the following (really, whatever works best):

  • Open the window(s) of your child's bedroom
  • Use a fan
  • Use a hairdryer

It's important to let the mattress dry before putting the bed sheet to prevent mold.


Hope this helps! Remember to be patient as your child learns to wake up and use the bathroom at night when needed.

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