Can You Use Disinfectant Spray on Bedding?

Disinfectant spray has many different uses but its main goal is to get rid of germs. Germs can reside in different places, so it is important to know how to get rid of them in each place, whether you use disinfectant spray or other means. Tracy Hanson, who works for Molly Maid in Minneapolis, Minn., shares some techniques for using disinfectant spray with fabrics such as bedding.

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Type of Spray

Choose a spray that is specifically designed as a fabric disinfectant, Hanson says. Fabric disinfectants can be used on bedding to help get rid of smells and kill germs that might be found within the fabric. Other sprays, such as those that are specifically designed for hard surfaces, work differently. They could be sprayed on fabrics, but may not be as effective. Read the label of a disinfectant to find out where it should be used. If it only mentions hard surfaces, choose another spray.

General Disinfectants

General disinfectant sprays that you might have around the house or find at the store are billed as sprays to clean and kill germs on all surfaces. You can use these on fabrics, says Hanson. One of the most common general disinfectants is Lysol, and it works to kill germs no matter where you spray it. Read the packaging for instructions on use.

Things to Consider

Both specifically designed fabric sprays and general disinfectant sprays should kill germs on fabrics. However, Hanson says the best way to get rid of germs on bedding is to wash it a couple of times in very hot water with a disinfectant soap. Disinfectant sprays may only cover up or get rid of odors, and might not have the germ-killing power that disinfectant soaps have.

Air disinfectant won't work on fabrics.

Also, keep in mind that unless a spray is specifically designated for use on fabrics, there is always a chance it will damage fabric. Test a small area of bedding with the spray, let it dry, and see if it damages or discolors it in any way, before spraying all of your bedding.