How to Get Smell Out of Memory Foam

People who have made the switch to memory foam and are enjoying its benefits will tell you that they are getting the best nights’ sleep ever. They may fail to mention that this material really knows how to hold a stank. Like the name implies, the product takes in certain smells and commits them to memory. Smoke, body odors, and pet accidents are all stored inside and are not given up easily.


When you decide to clean your memory foam mattress, you will need to do so very carefully. You may need a second person to help you gently squeeze out any excess water without twisting the foam. While it certainly is understandable that you want to get rid of the smell as quickly as possible, it’s important to work carefully to avoid damaging the foam. Take your time and choose the solution that makes the most sense to you before you start.



How to Get Smell Out of Memory Foam

1 Fabric Spray the Stink Away

A simple way to remove odors from memory foam in a hurry is to spray it with a fabric spray. Febreze or FreshCare will freshen up the foam. Both products can reduce or eliminate smells like cigarette smoke, urine or vomit.


2 Sprinkle Some Baking Soda on the Situation

Baking soda is a product that can be found in many households. To deal with a stinky problem with memory foam, sprinkle it directly on top of the mattress, pillow or topper. Let it sit overnight. Vaccum up the baking soda the next day with a soft brush attachment or a hand-held portable unit.


3 Use Some Citrus-Cleaner Spray

Try spraying a citrus-based cleaner on the source of the smell. Give it a light mist with the product and let it dry. Once the foam has dried, go over it with the soft brush of your vacuum cleaner.


4 Mix Up a Vinegar and Water Solution

Vinegar is an effective and economical ingredient for getting rid of odors. Mix up a solution of 1/4 cup of vinegar and 3/4 cup of water. Pour it into a spray bottle. Spray the solution all over the memory foam mattress. Rinse the mattress with water by gently pressing down on it. Leave the mattress in a well-ventilated area to dry. It may take a day or two for the process to be completed.


5 Natural Lemon Juice and Water Cleaner

You can mix up your own natural cleaning solution to deal with smelly memory foam. Combine one cup of lemon juice with one cup of water. Put it in a spray bottle. Spray it onto the mattress. Use a blow dryer to dry any heavily soaked areas; otherwise, allow the mattress to air dry for a day or two before using it again.


6 Nature’s Miracle to the Rescue

If the source of the odor is organic in nature, pick up some Nature’s Miracle. This specialty product is available at pet stores. Drench the affected area and walk on it with some old towels to sop up the liquid. You will need to leave it for a day or so to let it dry. The product should get rid of the stank completely.


7 Rent an Ozone Air Purifier Machine

Ozone machines clean the air in the space in which they are placed. They are available in difference sizes, depending on the space you need to freshen up. Start by removing your mattress cover, if you have one. Place the ozone machine on top of the bed. Cover the machine with your bed spread. Close the bedroom door. Let the machine run for a couple of hours. Some machines are equipped with a timer which will shut off the unit automatically. If the smell is still present after the first treatment, run the machine for another session.


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Joe Fresh

Joe is an odor combatant, chemistry extraordinaire and all around good guy. He has an over-productive olfactory system with absolutely zero tolerance for unpleasant aromas.

One thought on “How to Get Smell Out of Memory Foam”

  1. Dear Joe,
    This is a great website, but I have a new challenge for you. A dear friend gave me a great pair of headphones. He has a particular smell that is in his house, car, clothes, etc, that I just can’t stand. Kind of an “old people smell”. I have tried wiping them down with a citrus based cleaner. It took the edge off but they still stink and I don’t want to ruin them – and can’t wear them as they are, because then I smell that way, and that really grosses me out. Suggestions??

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