How to Remove the Vomit Smell from Anything

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1-#removing #smell #vomit #puke-004The smell of vomit. It seems impossible to remove, but I have the perfect recipes for removing the vomit smell out of everything. Isn’t in the worst feeling as a mom? It is the middle of the night. Suddenly, your child comes down crying because she has thrown up all over her bed. I remember the first major time with Abby like it was yesterday. You feel awful for your child who is experiencing throwing up for the first time in their lives. It’s the middle of the night, so you are also battling your own tiredness and have no desire for the stench or the clean-up that you now face. You walk into the room and the smell of vomit greets you immediately. That one night, I remember looking into her bed and seeing puke everywhere. The poor girl had let her stomach go and it covered her favorite stuffed animal, sheets, comforter pillowcase and pillow. Fun times. I do also have to say that I never imagined how much I would get puked on in the face as a mom. OK – So, it’s only happened a few times, but that is enough. My problem is that when I can tell my children are really sick, I become very compassionate. I wouldn’t say I’m hugely compassionate as a mom in normal circumstances. I’m not a coddler and tell my kids they’re strong and brave and try and get it under control. However, there’s no other time I feel more compassionate than with a genuinely hurting child over legitimate reasons. So, when my kids are sick, I’ll often lay them in my bed and cuddle up close so I can stroke their hair, look at their hurting face and pray for them. That’s when it happens. The vomit comes straight for my face. I’m learning. Last time I did this exact thing with Kenzie. Then, I heard her stomach churn, and I jumped up and ran to the kitchen for a bowl. I wasn’t in time to catch the throw up, but I was in time to remove myself from getting puked on, so that is good. OK – Back to our story…Abby’s things are all covered in vomit in the middle of the night. My husband doesn’t do well with the smell of vomit. If I’m not careful, I’ll have two pukers on my hand, so I handle it. I get Abby in the tub to wash her off. I get new pajamas and get her into our bed with a bowl and my husband. I head up to the room to take care of the situation. I take the sheets to the bathroom to spray them down in the shower, removing the chunks. Is this too much information yet? Maybe. I just wanted to give you some ideas for dealing with the vomit that enters your own world. Sorry if I’m making you nauseous in the dialogue. The final step (or so I think) is to throw everything in the wash. The next morning, I open the washer just to be visited by the same smell that haunted me the night before. So, I ran the load again. Nothing. I tried a different detergent. No luck. So, I do what any mom does, I complained about it on Facebook. In came my solution. A friend from high school responded with a couple recipes she said would work like magic. Here are the recipes:

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For the sheets and bigger things that can go through the wash try soaking them in a good amount of Borax (it’s a laundry booster you can get it at the grocery store) 1 cup or more with you regular detergent. Just let them soak for a couple of hours and them wash them as normal. This was my first introduction to Borax, and it worked like a charm.

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For the stuffed animals, clothing and even carpet try this:

2c. hydrogen peroxide(the kind you put on cuts)
2tsp. baking soda
2 drops liquid dish soap
Mix it together so the soda dissolves and you can then soak the items in it. It hasn’t discolored anything I’ve used it on (my clothes or our carpet). It may make the smell seem stronger at first, but it’s only because it’s getting wet again. It really works great. It also works on urine (kid or pet) which what I originally used it for.
I just keep a ton of peroxide and Borax on hand. The peroxide gets out blood and chocolate without bleaching anything and my friend told me about the Borax. I use to keep a bucket in the laundry room when the boys were babies and just fill it with water and the Borax and toss all the things they spit up on and let it soak until I could run the washer(days sometimes). Never had a permanent stain after that.

I was extremely grateful for this recipe because she had thrown up on her favorite stuffed animal that she had since she was a baby. I really wasn’t convinced I was going to be able to remove the smell after trying so hard prior to this recipe. This recipe worked on the first try.

So, there you have it. Sorry for such a detailed account. You can just be grateful you have these recipes in your arsenal now.

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  1. Michelle says:

    I completely understand, about getting vomited on. But, mine don’t get me in the face…nope that’s worse. Mine on three occasions, different children…throw up down my shirt. Now, this might be understandable if I was endowed more, or wore lower cut shirts, but I was wearing tshirts. They rest their heads on my neck….and then it gets scary. Poor kiddos. I’m grimacing and laughing…though I hope it never happens again. Praying actually.

  2. just used this- ick!!! Hope I don’t have to use it again

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  4. This morning, you are my hero. Toddler with a wicked gag reflex + a coughing fit in the night equals beloved bear covered in you.know.what. So far, bear no longer smells.

    • Oh, I’m so glad to hear that, and I’ve been there. I’m so sorry you’re dealing with some coughing and nastiness right now! Good to know others have the same results I did.

  5. I’m wondering if you have any more advice. my 15 month old vomited in his bed and i didn’t know it until the morning. it was dry and stunk terribly. i’ve washed sheets, dust ruffle, favorite blankets, and they are good, but the smell is still in the room! we had the window open and fan going but it is 20 degrees and raining. any thoughts?

    • I would say the fan and open window is the best idea. If you could have the baby sleep in a different room for a day while you keep that room freezing would be my best thought. Sorry I’m not more help.

    • Try a nice smelling essential oil like lavender,spray lightly over the floor n wipe,,if carpeted,sprinkle baking soda lightly and vacuum when oil dries up,,hope it helps

  6. THANK YOU SOO MUCH!!!! We just had our whole family of 5 get the flu! I was so scared as a mommy that I wouldn’t be able to save their favorite stuffed animals, mostly because they cannot be submerged due to internal electronics. So I used the peroxide, dishwasher detergent and baking soda in a spry bottle. Sprayed them til very damp and dripping. Next I used a clean dry towel to blot the barf spots and they came right up!!! Just did them a second time. First time was for the gunk and stink. Second time was just to be sure to “sanitize” them and they are air drying over the tub as I post this. Hoping this isnt just a dream that it works!!!

    • I really hope it works for you too, Josie. It saved ours, and I was so grateful to get the recipe from a friend. Sorry you are all sick. Absolutely no fun at all! Blessings.

  7. Can’t wait to try this! My 18 mo old twins just had puking flu last night making for a happy new year.. Fave bunny anywhere chair smell after washing twice. Gonna go to the store as soon as dh gets up.

  8. Thank you much! Never got out of the house to get borax but did the hydrogen peroxide mix and worked great! All smells gone.

  9. Thank you so much! Never got out of the house to get borax but did the hydrogen peroxide mix and worked great! All smells gone.

  10. Hi! I just tried this after multiple failed attempts of scrubbing our rug and couch with dish soap and laundry detergent. I should have asked before I did this and in the future will have a spray bottle on hand for this but do you just poor it on the carpet and couch? Do you let it dry or let it sit and then Try to scrub it up? Thanks for the recipes! I have high hopes that its going to solve our problem!

    • I have only had to use it on stuffed animals and blankets since my kids haven’t hit the carpet or furniture yet. I think I would poor it on the carpet, let it sit for a bit, add a little water to moisten it again and scrub. I’d then sprinkle some baking soda and vacuum. That’s just my intuition though. This was a friend’s recipe that she wrote out for me. I would let it soak into the couch a bit and then scrub. I would encourage you to test in a hidden spot. Although she assured me she has never had issues, I think it would be a safe bet. Good luck. Please let me know if it works, and I’d love to know your methods too.

      • I’m returning to get the recipe yet again for the same kid that threw up in the same spot as before. I apologize for not returning and responding previously. This worked amazing! Last time all I did was pour it on the affected areas, let it soak for a while and then scrubbed it with a wet cloth. I did clean all the chunks up first by sprinkling homemade washing powder on the areas and vacuuming. Now I am off to whip up the recipe and start the soak! Thanks again for this life saving recipe. Also, I had NO discoloration in my couch or rug previously!

  11. Michelle McCallister says:

    Great post Jodi! Just found your blog. Love it and will be giving some of this a try. We are going through our own flu episode right now. UGH!

  12. Has anyone tired it on a couch???

  13. You are a superhero for this! After trying everything, this worked immediately! Thank you! Thank you!!

  14. FANTASTIC!! Just used the peroxide and baking soda cleaner on my leather couch. Our 6 year old vomited all down in the cushions and saturated the cloth underneath. Tried a few cleaners with no luck. Just used this ONCE, and the smell is 100% gone!!
    Thanks!!

    • Yay! Another successful report. I’m so glad this worked for you. You can pass on the recipe to your friends. It seems to have been helpful for a lot of people.

  15. Last night our 7 YO saturated the couch and carpet. I used a wet vac to remove the mess and sprayed everything down with an ammonia/water solution. My hope was to neutralize the stomach acids and that would eliminate the odor. The room no longer reeks but I can still smell it on the couch. I’m applying the peroxide/baking soda solution tonight in hopes of killing the lingering reminder.

    • Please report back and let me know if it works. Thanks so much! Good luck, and I’m sorry you’re dealing with this. No fun!

      • Success!

        I sprayed everything with the peroxide/baking soda solution just in case my sniffer had accliimated to the odor or the lingering scent of ammonia was masking it. I even removed the cushion covers and treated the foam and batting. I never dreamed a munchkin could hold anywhere near that much. Unless, perhaps, it just looks like an awful lot when spewed across the living room. I’m so glad we had a 32 oz bottle of peroxide.

        Thank you.

  16. StephanieM says:

    My couch and carpet had been blessed by my sons stomach virus. It’s been over 24 hours, and I know my husband wasn’t as thorough as I was hoping. I have a sinus infection so I can’t smell very well, but when I can I smelled it. So tonight, I was finally able to get the ingredients. I think I was able to cover the areas that were “blessed” and we shall see.. I will report back.

    • Thanks so much for reporting back. I know a lot of people have had success with this. I hope it helps you too, and I’m so sorry for all the sickness over there. Life is just hard when everyone isn’t well. I just saw a friend taking funny Photo Booth (Mac thing) computer pictures of themselves on a sick day. Maybe something like that would cheer everyone up. :-)

      • StephanieM says:

        My friends daughter came to my home the next morning and I had explained what happened and what I did to clean everything. Said she couldn’t smell anything. I still don’t have my sense of smell back yet. The internet is a wonderful thing. Thank you for saving my couch!

  17. Julie Carpenter says:

    This worked like a dream on our living room rug! Thank you so much. So glad I found your site. Also, for the issue of lingering smell in the room, I have found that a glass of white vinegar up on a shelf out of the way for about a day works well in addition to the fan and open windows.

    • Another great report. I’m so happy this recipe has been such a good help for people. Thank you so much for reporting back here. It is really helpful for others who might want to try it. Hope you’re all hewing.

  18. My daughter threw up all over my car. I did everything and anything I can think of to get rid of the smell and nothing work!! It has been a week since she threw up but the nasty smell still lingers in my car. Its disgusting! until i read your post. Tried it right away and it worked!!! THANK YOU sooooooo much for sharing your info!!

  19. The stomach flu ran ramped through my house this week. My daughter vomited all over the couch and I can not get the smell out! It is driving me crazy. I have tried many different cleaners on numerous occasions. Tonight I tried your mixture. I really hope that it works.

  20. Connie Whit says:

    Just had my family of 6 get over the flu. My daughters room is the worse. Just cannot get the smell out. I’m so glad I found this site! I first tried the remedy on an old mildewey smelling rag n it worked like a champ. Off to my daughters room. Wish me luck everyone!!!!!

    • Good luck! Another success story – how fun. Well, kinda fun. I’m sorry you’re going through the sickness. That’s never fun. I’m just glad you found my recipe! Thanks for commenting!

  21. Deb McGuire says:

    It’s not working for me.. I’m not sure with the solution, is it 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide straight?? My pharmacist told me to mix it 50mils h/p and 500 mls water & it’s not working.. So do I use 2 cups of straight hydrogen peroxide?

    • I’m so sorry it’s not working. There has been so much success. It’s a bummer to hear it’s not working out for you. I used it straight without diluting it with water – just 2c. hydrogen peroxide(the kind you put on cuts), 2tsp. baking soda & 2 drops liquid dish soap. I would try it without the water and let me know how that goes.

  22. I use bleach in my wash, At one point I thought I will try bleach and i dont care if it fade ir discolors the sheets because i would rather kniw that the smell abd virus/bacteria were dead. To my surprise it didnt even phase the multicolored sheets at all. So I too put bleach in a load if stuffed animals and they were absolutely fine! This was regular bleach not color safe.

  23. My one year old son threw up on the carpet. Of my bedroom two nights in a row . I tried to scrub the carpets but before I could completely get the smell out he got sick again.. I scrubbed with different things last night and the smell is still there. I finally bought the ingredients for this today and I’m going to try it on the carpet.

  24. This has worked great sorry it took so long to check back in, I’ve used this three times and its worked everytime! On blankets, carpet, high chair, etc. I just used it again today ( the little guy put too much food in his mouth ) . This is so great!

  25. onetruth says:

    I used this on my kiddo’s vomit stain last week after carpet cleaner just didn’t work. I poured it on and scrubbed immediately, and the smell was gone in moments. I’m going to use it on my car today because we took 3 large dogs to the beach yesterday, and ew.

  26. On the borax recipe, what temperature water do you soak and wash your items at? Thanks.

    • I’ve only had to use the recipe once, and I really don’t remember worrying about water temperature. I probably chose hot. I can’t give a for sure answer about what is best though. Sorry I’m not more help.

  27. Melissa Archuleta says:

    I’m so glad I found your article! This isn’t about my kiddos but about my old lady dog ;) She is having a hard time controlling her bladder at night and has made a couple messes in the house – one on her therapudic (I know it’s not spelled right – not sure how it’s spelled) dog bed and one all over my daughters carpet in her room. I’m going to try this recipe and see if it takes the smell out – I really don’t want to throw out her dog bed but I will if the smell doesn’t go away. I will let you know! Thank you!

  28. Momtotwogirls says:

    Thank you! thank you! thank you! My little one threw up in her room last night (again) and I had no idea how I was going to get the smell out of her rug and stuffed animals. Carpet cleaner did nothing. Steam cleaning the rug helped a little, but you could still smell a lingering nasty odor. This worked in about 5 seconds flat. Super easy to make too. Thank you again!

    • Yay! Another happy customer. I’m so glad it worked so fantastically for you. It’s really been the miracle solution. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  29. Which of these solutions would you recommend for mattresses? My daughter has puked on her mattress a few times and always seems to hit the “target” where the mattress cover doesn’t reach.

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