Cleaning Vomit Odors from Carpet

Even once vomit it cleaned up it can leave behind a terrible odor. This is a guide about cleaning vomit odors from carpet.
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April 8, 2008 Flag
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A few days ago our dog got locked in our car overnight by accident when we were bringing in the groceries. While in there, she threw up something in the backseat, looked like a dead bird. I cleaned it and sprayed it many times to no avail. The car smells so bad we can hardly ride in it. Any suggestions?

Jennifer from North Alabama

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April 11, 20080 found this helpful

I know where my dogs are every minute. I even check on them when they're outside in my fenced yard. How can you NOT notice a member of the family is missing?

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April 13, 20080 found this helpful

I strongly suggest you call the local fire department, they can help you to fumigate your car.

Years ago I was told that they have something they can use to help clean up the smells left in cars after a person dies by commiting suicide taking alot of pills while sitting parked in them and then isn't found for days sitting in the heat.

If they can not help your local mortuary (funeral home) may be of some help also is ridding your car of the offensive smells...I am sure they would know of a product that would solve your problem.

KEEP US All POSTED ON WHAT YOU DO DO OK?

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April 13, 20080 found this helpful

Rent a "water extracter" and run it over where you cleaned up to lift up the moisture that has gotten down into the padding.

When the carpet man has shampooed he also extracts the water from the carpet ("STANLEY STEAMER" is what I consider our carpet man).

You might just want to call them to have them FIX this problem instead of fighting it yourself, I wouldnt think they'd cost that much besides wouldn't it be worth it rather then that horrible smell?

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October 7, 20080 found this helpful

I need some advice on getting rid of odor after cleaning up dog vomit. My dog has gotten sick a few times while I was not home and vomited on the couch, I cleaned it with windex and then sprayed it with febreeze, but it still has a really bad smell. Help

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June 18, 2011 Flag
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How do you get the smell of vomit out of carpet? I have tried shampooing numerous times with no luck, the smell is still there and getting stronger because of the summer heat. Help!

By Natasha

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June 18, 20110 found this helpful

There is a product at the pet store (and probably larger discount dept. stores that have pet departments) called "Nature's Miracle". You wet the smelly area with it and let it dry, and it is supposed to remove odors caused by the residue of animal (human or otherwise) "outputs". I have heard nothing but good things about it. I used it on my dog after she got skunked, and it got out residual odor.

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June 20, 20110 found this helpful

Mix 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 ammonia, rub into the carpet and use a brush to rub it in. Take a clean, damp cloth and rub to get the excess out. To remove stains you can use this formula and use an iron over a damp cloth to help remove stains on the carpet also.

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June 20, 20110 found this helpful

Try a product called Odo-Ban. It is used in nursing homes (among other places). Works really well!

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July 29, 2009 Flag
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How do you get rid of the smell of sick from a thick rug? My niece was sick all over it and I can't get rid of the stench.

By missnoitall09 from Manchester

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July 29, 20090 found this helpful

Try using baking soda and vinegar and let in foam and rub it in. It may take a couple times of reapplying, but it will come out. Don't make the carpet sopping wet, it will take too long to dry and don't vaccuum until totally dry or the sick smell might get into vac.

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July 31, 20090 found this helpful

Have you tried some kind of enzyme cleaning product? There is probably some decaying organic matter causing the smell. This kind of product is also used for pet "accidents".

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August 1, 20090 found this helpful

Febreeze. Mist it 3 or 4 times and voila, it works. It doesn't mask the smell, it gets rid of it.

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August 3, 20090 found this helpful

While you're at it make certain you wear thick waterproof gloves or you might be sick as well after direct contact.

The smell will disapate after a while, regardless, but white vinegar and clear dawn can work wonders in cool water. Try Club Soda as well. It's amazing on some food stains. Good luck and God bless you. : )

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October 4, 2010 Flag
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I need tips on how to get vomit smell out of carpet. Any help is appreciated. :)

By Debbie

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October 4, 20100 found this helpful

You could try plain white vinager and water mixed together, will also get rid of pet urine odor anywhere in the house. Wash well with soap suds first and let dry and then use the vinager solution. Works great!

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October 5, 20100 found this helpful

Spraying with Lysol after washing might do the trick; keeping a product called XO on hand will clean and remove any and all odors. No harsh chemicals and can be found on QVC. com under Don Aslett's products. He runs the largest janitorial service and you can make it so you get emails notifying you when he is going to be on. Usually it's under problem solving. This is a fantastic product which cleans and removes ALL kinds of odors. It is used in hospitals and nursing homes. I've been unable to find locally at all. Had to order mine.

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October 6, 20100 found this helpful

I'd go to a medical supply store and ask them. There has to be something for sale there, for caretakers who don't work in hospitals, nursing homes, etc., but have the same problem in their homes.

Good luck to you.

Otherwise I'd try an oxi type product, one that removes organic stains and smells, like blood.

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October 4, 2010 Flag
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My daughter was sick on our carpet and I can't get rid of the smell. Please help!

By Christine from Port Perry, Ontario, Canada

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Vomit Odor on Carpet

Bless her heart - I hope she's well now. And bless your heart and I wish you luck! I don't have a tried and true solution, but I was thinking of sprinkling a lot, maybe a box, of baking soda on the spot, letting it stay for a while - you may have to experiment on the time, and then vacuum vigorously.

I know pet stores sell solutions to getting vomit and other nasty smells out of carpet. Maybe they can point you in the right direction.

I think the problem might also lie in your foam backing to your carpet. You know; before they place carpet down, there is a thick foam padding put down first - absolutely cannot think of the correct name right now. You might have to lift the carpet itself and concentrate on getting the smell out of your foam carpet backing; the vomit smell is probably there too. Then after you clean the foam, keep the carpet lifted off the foam and set up a fan to completely dry the foam before you nail down the carpeting again.

Or, you might want to email your carpet manufacturer for advice. I bet they get your question all day long.

I've heard cat litter is good at taking up odors. But in all cases, start with a dry carpet. I'll bet your foam padding is still damp though.

There is another product called Incredible, and I buy it at my Kroger Grocery store in Houston, TX USA. Try your grocery store; maybe they can order it for you. Google it and the manufacturer will likely come up and you can ask them where you can buy it in your area. I've also seen it at Walmart and Target, so you'll probably get lucky. This product removed black crayon eye liner from light beige wool wall to wall carpet in nothing flat. Maybe it will help with the smell in your carpet too.

Good Luck! (02/04/2010)

By metroplex

Vomit Odor on Carpet

White vinegar will remove any odor. I keep a spray bottle of vinegar and water in my kitchen for spot cleaning
and I spray anything that has an odor. My spray bottle holds 22 ounces and I use 2 ounces of white vinegar
and then finish filling with tap water. For a strong odor, use more vinegar. (02/04/2010)

By sameoleme

Vomit Odor on Carpet

Baking soda! I've had to use it on carpet, snowsuits, and car seats and it quickly gets rid of the smell. Just sprinkle it on, then use a damp cloth or sponge to make it into a paste to clean the spot, then rinse. (02/05/2010)

By playingtrix

Vomit Odor on Carpet

I usually use cheaper, more natural products like baking soda or vinegar. But if these don't work, you can order a product called Odoban (Sam's has the best price I found, but you can only buy it online, not in the stores). It is a fairly environmentally/family-health friendly product. And an entire gallon was less than $9 (and there was no shipping charge).

We had a cat spray on our fabric-covered recliner and had tried everything. :0) Anyway, I found it to be fantastic and pleasant smelling. (02/05/2010)

By momof4Ks

Vomit Odor on Carpet

I like Odoban very much, but I love Complete, that you can get at Target in the pet section. We had to clean up some nasty messes in our house and it really gets rid of problem scents from the bacteria up. Not just a cover up. And it has a pleasant light citrus scent. I use it for shoes, doggy feet, everything you can imagine. It works! (02/07/2010)

By italianswede

Vomit Odor on Carpet

Believe it or not, try Shower to Shower powder. Keep sprinkling it on and over a few days it will just disappear! This also works on urine smells. (02/10/2010)

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July 29, 2009 Flag
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My friend came round to my uni at the weekend and he was sick on my floor (possibly due to the stupidly large amount of vodka he drank).

We cleaned up the sick as much as possible and then we bought some bleach to try to destroy the sick and that was still in the carpet.

The smell disappeared for a day or two, but now it is back and as smelly as ever.

How can i permanently remove the sick smell from the carpet and hence my room.

Thanks,
Andy

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Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

Try sprinkling fresh coffee grounds over the area, leave overnight, then vacuum as normal. Do not cook the coffee first, it needs to be fresh out of the can or package. Truckers use this in semi trailers that have hauled onions, and it really works. (10/21/2004)

By Dawn

Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

Hi Andy,

Clean area again, (I wouldn't recommend bleach in the future - too harsh, I use plain shaving cream), then use white vinegar for the sour smell. Soak area for a couple of hours, blot up and try again if the sour smell remains. Hope this helps. Pam (10/22/2004)

By Pam

Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

Try sprinkling salt over the area and letting it sit there for a few hours if possible, then vacuum it. Or you could try vinegar to get out the smell. I've heard that vinegar gets rid of cat pee smells, it should work on sick smell too! (10/22/2004)

By lannwashburn

Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

Sprinkle with baking soda and leave overnight-then vacuum. Tap carpet around the baking soda to get it down in the carpet. (11/04/2004)

By Fran Marie

Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

Buy a bottle of Nature's Miracle from your pet store. It will neutralize the smell. Good luck. (12/11/2004)

By scribstress

Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

I currently have sick ALL OVER my carpet and the stain will not go or the smell, and seeing as the carpet was stained before im hoping to remove it! Baking soda seemed to work the best though.

By P

Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

Bicarbonate of soda works brilliantly for smells. (01/05/2006)

By Claire B

Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

i have a similar problem with sick on our uni sofa. No stain but the smell still lingers. How are you meant to apply the baking soda? With water or just straight?

thanks (02/17/2006)

By melanie

Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

You can use the baking soda either dry, sprinkled on to the spot, let sit a few minutes and vacuum up. It can also be made into a paste with water, brushed lightly with a soft brush (like an old toothbrush),let dry and vacuum.

That being said, I like to use vinegar. Mix about 1 to 1 with water in a spray bottle, spray on the area, and let dry. Repeat until the smell is gone! The main advantage is that vinegar has some antibacterial properties where baking soda doesn't, but the smell of vinegar can be just as bad as the original stink, but you won't be able to smell the vinegar once it's dry! We currently use this method with our daughter who's starting to potty train and occasionally has accidents!

Good luck to you all!
Rebekah (02/17/2006)

By Madelynnsmama

Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

Try buying that Oxyclean stuff (it works wonders with dog pee!) (09/06/2006)

By Jean

Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

Has anybody actually tried vinegar and baking soda?
i might just try both but i need to know now!

(b)Editor's Note:(/b) First put down the baking soda, rub it into the place where it smells. Quite often just baking soda will absorb odors. Add some to the spot then vacuum it up after a few hours. If that doesn't do it, then wipe with a solution of half distilled vinegar and half water. When you add vinegar to the baking soda, it will fizz. (12/05/2006)

Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

Vinegar works great! Spray it right onto area, if you can't spray it use 50/50 with warm water and scrub. (09/13/2007)

By Dan

Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

I have used oxy clean about 3 times in a row to get out smells that have really stuck in carpet. But in between shampooing. I would wait a day or two and let the carpet dry in between washings. Its a hard thing to get rid of. Whether its dog or human stink. Natures Miracle is real good too - I had to use it a couple of times on one room. Be persistent. (10/20/2007)

By Lou

Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

I'm telling ya the only thing to get the smell of sick out of anything is to wash the area well, let completely dry then sprinkle with Bicarbonate - leave overnight and vacuum. This really does work on anything smelly, egg, milk, etc. (10/29/2007)

By Sharon

Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

Best way to clean sick and get rid of the smell is first clean up any chunks that was thrown up, then get an old tea towel or something that is absorbent and soak up the rest of it. Then sprinkle bi-carb over the area, leave for a good few hours then hoover it up. Once you've done that, clean with a good quality carpet cleaner, and clean the area well.

Do not use bleach, you will ruin your carpet. Once the area is dry, get a carpet freshener (like shake n vac) sprinkle over the area leave for 10 mins then hoover up. It can take a day or two to do, but it works. I'm a mum and I've had moments when the kids haven't made it to the toilet on time. And this always works for me and my mum for her pets. (11/10/2007)

By Donna

Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

I sprinkle with baking soda, vacuum after two hours, then rinse with vinegar and suck up excess with a wet/dry vacuum. For stains, make a paste of nappy-san and cover stain liberally. Let sit for a good few hours and then vacuum and rinse with water. (11/27/2007)

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Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

Brilliant, so glad you people take your time out to advise others, thanks again for the advice. Dave in Devon, England (12/19/2007)

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Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

Pet Urine: the only real way to remove pet urine odor from carpet permanently is to remove the affected pad, treat the back and front of carpet with a spray made for removing pet urine, and replace pad. I used to work for a company and this actually worked. (12/28/2007)

By Ryan

Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

Thanks to everyone, for all the comments here. My 2 year old has a sickness bug and covered the lounge carpet with sick today and it wreaks, I have scrubbed, scrubbed and scrubbed at it. Now I've just made a 50/50 water/white vinegar solution in a spray bottle and the smell is better within seconds! I sprayed a little rubbed it in, and repeated this about 4 times - it really does work, thanks everyone! P.S. White vinegar descales your kettle really well too (in case anyone didn't know this)! (01/13/2008)

By Corrine

Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

Thank you all, washed carpet several times then used bi-carb, left for 2 days, smell almost gone. Will leave another day then vacuum. (04/07/2008)

By Susan

Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

I have used an equal amount of alcohol (rubbing or Isopropyl) and distilled vinegar. Just pour on the stain or area and let sit for 10-20 minutes. I use a carpet cleaner to suck up the residue and it works like a charm. Here in the States there is a product that contains enzymes which will break down vomit, urine or other organic substances. I think it is called Enzyclean, there are number of cleaners out there. I think the enzymes break down the order causing substance, however you still will need to clean the area after the enzymes are finished removing the odor. (12/07/2008)

Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

My cat was sick over my cream carpet. We scraped up the excess vomit and poured mineral water over it and used a nail scrubber to scrub at the stain. Then we mopped up the water standing on a towel. The stain was completely removed. I am sure that soda water would work the same. Jean (12/13/2008)

By jean

Removing Sick Smell from Carpet

I know its not a very nature friendly way but I cant stand the smell of sick in the house. After my stepson was spectacularly sick on the carpet this weekend we used a product that we previously bought after he had done the same in my car which is Interior1 by Turtle wax it's a (dry clean) upholstery cleaner with added Odor Out. I think we bought it in somewhere like Halfords and it wasn't massively expensive but does seem to work and with out the wet and/or mess of using baking soda. (12/23/2008)

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April 8, 2008 Flag
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Our dog ate a dozen and a half Krispy Kreme donuts and then threw up in our car. Now it smells like vomit and we don't know how to get the smell out of the carpet.

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