If you have a cat or dog, you're at risk of having a flea infestation in your home. Fleas especially like warm, humid climates, but can take up residence anywhere. After treating your pet with anti-flea medications, you'll need to treat any places that he or she likes to spend time in, such as your bed. Although fleas will lay all of their eggs -- up to 50 a day -- on the pet, the eggs can fall off onto bedding, carpeting, and other areas of your home. The good news is that you can rid your bedding of fleas without having to use toxic chemicals.
Using Your Washer and Dryer Remove all of the bedding, including the pillowcases, sheets, blankets and the bedskirt, from the bed, seal it in an plastic bag, and take it directly to the laundry room. Placing the bedding in a hamper first can cause the infestation to spread around the room. Using your typical laundry soap, wash all of the bedding on the highest water temperature setting the fabric will allow. Add a 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the washing machine during the rinse cycle for extra cleaning power, especially if you have to wash any of the bedding in cold water. Dry the bedding in your dryer set on the highest temperature setting the fabric will allow.
Dry cleaning Many types of quilts and comforters are dry clean-only, but you'll still be able to kill the fleas using this method. First, take all of the bedding that you're taking to the dry cleaner off of the bed and place it into airtight plastic bags. Drop the items off at the dry cleaners, where the high temperature and solvents used for cleaning will kill the fleas.
Ridding the Mattress of Fleas Removing fleas from your bedding will be for nought if you don't kill the pests on your mattress as well. Thoroughly vacuum the mattress and carpet in the room to remove as many fleas, eggs and larvae as possible. Place the mattress into a mattress bag to trap the fleas inside. Sprinkle a thin layer of a botanically-based insecticide made of crushed, dried chrynsanthemums all over the mattress and seal the bag. Allow the insecticide to rest on the mattress for as long as the product manufacturer suggests. Then, remove the mattress from the bag and vacuum up the insecticide. Treat all areas of the house where your pet likes to sleep -- sofas, chairs, carpet and in closets to keep the fleas from returning to your pet and bedding.