How to clean up after your child's bedwetting

Bedwetting is a real struggle for many parents helping their child making the move from diapers to regular underwear. 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 has just wet the bed?

Here are a few pointers we know will be helpful after your child has urinated:

1. Wash the covers and bed sheets normally

Use detergent as you normally would then wash and dry 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.

2. Clean your child's mattress with this solution

Gather the following materials to create this mattress cleaning solution:

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

Mix the water and vinegar 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 are up, 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 the mattress.

3. Air out the mattress

The final 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


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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