How to Clean Up Vomit

August 8th, 2019

The sad reality is that no one really wants to clean up vomit. However, in some situations, it can be inevitable. You might have drunk a lot during that night out, or you might have members in the household that caught a bad flu. Nonetheless, cleaning up vomit is something that needs to be done in the event that you are faced with such chore.

If you are accidentally faced with having to do this troublesome chore, make sure that you initially clean up the mess and try to remove all the stains. But what is the right way to clean up vomit? This will vary depending on the type of surface. Below are some steps on how to successfully clean up vomit

Cleaning Up Hard Surfaces

  • The first step would be to get rid of any solid pieces. If the vomit has a lot of it, you can clean the solid pieces with a paper towel or rag.
  • The next step is to soak the vomit with baking soda. To do this, spread or sprinkle baking soda over the spill or vomit. Let it stay for about ten to fifteen minutes, allowing it to soak up the liquid.
  • Once the baking soda powder has completely absorbed the liquid, you can now wipe it with a rag or paper towels.
  • However, simply wiping up the area isn’t enough. It is also important to disinfect it. You can make your own solution, mixing in ¼ bleach with water. Wipe the solution onto the surface with a rag or towel, and let it sit for about ten to fifteen minutes. After that, you can then rinse it with warm water, completely disinfecting the area.

Cleaning Up Your Carpet, Furniture or Other Items

  • When cleaning up vomit on your carpet or furniture, it is also important to get rid of any large or solid pieces first. After that, you have to blot the stain with an absorbent cloth or by using paper towels. Allow the towels to soak up as much as, if not all of the liquid, along with the stains in your carpet or furniture.
  • As for the next step, you can also sprinkle or spread in some baking soda on the affected or stained area. This will absorb the remaining moisture from the stain or liquid. You can also use cornstarch as well. Leave it for about ten to fifteen minutes. After that, the next step would be to vacuum the area.
  • If there are still stains after vacuuming the area, you can use a carpet cleaner or a DIY solution. The DIY solution is a mixture of dish soap, white vinegar and warm water. Using a sponge, blot the area until the stain is completely cleaned. After that, try blotting it with a dry cloth, to get rid of the excess liquid.

Removing Vomit On Clothing

  • The first step would be to scrape off as much of the stains from the clothing as much as possible.
  • After that, apply warm water and baking soda on the affected area. Next, pour in some vinegar on the stain, until you see the baking soda fizz up or bubble.
  • Using a brush or toothbrush, rub the area and get rid of the stain, as much as possible. Rinse it with warm water, and then wash your clothes the normal way, or throw them in the water.
  • Check the clothing after air-drying it, and then repeat the process all over again if you see that there are still any stains remaining.