How to Get Vomit Smell Out of Carpet

When we’re sick, we don’t want to worry about getting vomit smell out of the carpet.  This involuntary upchuck often hits us when we are least equipped to clean and deodorize it. As undesirable as this housekeeping is, the need to immediately treat the acidic spill is often an unfortunate necessity.

In this guide, there are a range of solutions provided for neutralizing vomit odor and adding freshness back within your carpeting.  By following the below tips and tricks, you will be able to increase your odds of returning your carpet back to it’s original state.

Action Plan

1 Scoop Up Immediately

Once throw-up hits the carpet, you should take action as soon as possible to get the it out.  You are in a race against the vomit from setting into the padding located below the carpeting.  You will need to use an instrument with a hard edge for this purpose. Spoons are effective tools and help in retrieving the majority of the vomit pieces from the fiber.

2 Shampoo

Mix a solution of one part shampoo to four parts water, and pour on the affected carpeting.  Scrub this location until all remnants of the vomit have risen and sequentially scooped off with paper towels.  This is often a dirty task, but it is important to get all of the bits and pieces up and out of the carpet.

Household Smell Removal Solutions

1 Club Soda + White Vinegar

Mix a cup of club soda and 4-5 tablespoons of white vinegar together and pour over the troubled area of the carpet.  Let this sit for 1-2 hours, and proceed to remove the contents of this solution from the carpeting by blot drying with paper towels until the area is dry.

2 Ammonia + White Vinegar

Mix ammonia, white vinegar and water in equal parts and pour the contents onto the troubled spot of the carpet.  Similarly, let this area sit for 1-2 hours below returning with paper towels to press out the liquid solution from the location.

3 Hydrogen Peroxide + Baking Soda

Mix a cup of hydrogen peroxide with 3 tablespoons of baking soda and pour the contents onto the smelly area of the carpet.  Let sit for 1-2 hours before returning to press out the moisture from this solution with paper towels.

4 Vodka

Pour a cup of vodka on the location of the carpet where the vomit odor is coming from.  Vodka works to break down organic compounds and neutralize odors.  Allow this area to air dry without assistance of paper towels.  If you have an inexpensive bottle, this is definitely worth a try.

5 Laundry Detergent

Mix a cup of water with 1-3 teaspoon of laundry detergent, and proceed to pour solution on the location of the carpet experiencing throw-up odor.   After 1-2 hours, rinse this area with additional water, and press moisture out of carpet with paper towels.

6 Sprinkle Baking Soda

After trying one of the above solutions, you can try sprinkling baking soda onto the location of your carpet with an unpleasant odor.  Baking soda works to break down the butyric acid which is located within our intestines. By sprinkling baking soda on the location, it will neutralize the acid and create an oderless sodium butyrate.  After 24 hours, you will need to vacuum up the powder.

7 Steam Cleaner

If you have a carpet cleaner, some of the above solutions can still be of benefit before using this household tool.  If you do not own a carpet cleaner, you may wish to try some of the above solutions by hand before renting an expensive device.

Product Smell Removal Solutions

1 Nature’s Miracle

This type of solution is used by many carpet cleaners to get tough odors out.  This product can be bought at any pet store, and works by introducing enzymes that eat away at smelly organic matter.


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Joe Fresh

Joe is an odor combatant, chemistry extraordinaire and all around good guy. He has an over-productive olfactory system with absolutely zero tolerance for unpleasant aromas.

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