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Getting Rid of Vomit Smell in Car

Hi all, my 7yr. old threw up in my husband's car on Sat. morning. Then he threw up again that evening. We were up in the mountains and weren't able to "clean" the mess up until we got home on Sunday morning. The car fortunately has leather seats, but the vomit got on the carpet. My son must have had a little "bug" and was fine when we got home. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get rid of the awful smell?? We have use baking soda, but it still smells. Thanks for any and all help. It is much appreciated.

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A BIG thank you to all of you who responded with your suggestions. My husband took the car mats to the carwash and handsprayed them and let them dry out in the sun. The other areas had already been sprinkled with baking soda and he used his wet-vac and vacuumed it all out. So far, it smells like new again!
Thanks again. You all are wonderful!

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warm water, dawn soap (the original) and white vinegar. About 1tbs of each per 1/2 gallon warm water. It works good on smells and great on stains.

vinegar. Mix 1 part vinegar with 1 part water and spray on affected area. Wipe it down, and that should do the trick. You could also put a small bowl of vinegar in the vehicle temorarily. The vinegar will soak up the smell. I put a small bowl on a high shelf in my son's room to combat the dirty diaper smell.

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vinegar. Mix 1 part vinegar with 1 part water and spray on affected area. Wipe it down, and that should do the trick. You could also put a small bowl of vinegar in the vehicle temorarily. The vinegar will soak up the smell. I put a small bowl on a high shelf in my son's room to combat the dirty diaper smell.

try resolve "pet stain" carpet cleaner... then a good steam clean perhaps is in order. you want to do is soon otherwise, that smell with linger...

and then you'll get revisited with it every time the carpet gets wet..

btw.. was your son car-sick by chance? i had a horrible time with getting car-sick when I was a little kid... sucking on ginger candies helped, sitting where I could see the road and looking ahead helped... also in a pinch, for a long ride, talk to your peds about getting some dramamine. it will probably knock him out, but better a sleeping kid than more vomit in your car.

Don't rule out altitude sickness.

Hi! I use Nature's Miracle. You can get it at Petsmart or somewhere like that. I bought it to use for cat vomit but have found that it works fantastically on human vomit, urine, etc. You should try to get up as much of the vomit off the carpet and blot out as much liquid as you can. Then, just pour or spray on the Nature's miracle till soaked. I find the smell is usually gone in just a few days and if not, you didn't pour enough on to spread past the edges of where the vomit soaked into the carpet. I have even used this on my leather ottoman where my child's diaper leaked. (Smells do get into the stitching.) Nature's miracle has a kind of citrus smell. This is my go-to product. I hope this helps. It has saved me from having to re-carpet and from buying a lot of new furniture!!!

My husband vomited in our vehicle and I had to shampoo the carpets and then spray Fabreez (sp) in it. Completely took the smell away.

There's a product called Mother's Miracle (or maybe it's Mother's Little Miracle, I can't remember). Someone had given me a big bottle that got us through incidents like that with our youngest, and I don't know where to buy it. It is enzyme based and it really works to get out any kind of vomit, urine, etc. It REALLY works so I'd suggest hunting that down.
Good luck!!

Just before Christmas our son vomited on his bedroom carpet. We immediately steam cleaned it...still smelled. After a couple of days of trying everything we could think of we mixed VINEGAR and WATER in a spray bottle and dumped it all over the area. We let it sit for a few minutes then used the steam cleaner to suck out the excess wetness. It did the trick...no more vomit smell!

Hi M. - I posted a similar question last year. Be forewarned - I received something like 48 responses!

I asked at the pet store and they told me that an acidic solution like vinegar neutralizes a basic pH like urine. Vomit is acidic, that's why people recommend baking soda. The only reason I dont like baking soda is that it can lighten your carpet but it does work well when used properly.

The key is to make sure you get all the spots - all the way under the seats, between the seats, etc. You also want to make sure you get your solution all the way to the floor boards and then use either a wet/dry vac or superabsorbant cloth to get the liquid up again. The pet store had a liquid product for vomit odors that worked great but it was so long ago, I dont remember the name. I cleaned the stain with Folex carpet cleaner that I get at King Soopers. Then I squeezed some of the pet product generously on the stains, waited the prescribed amount of time and then blotted it up. Once the carpet dried completely, there was no more odor.

If the smell persists, you might want to consider spending the money and having a detailer work on your car. It makes your car feel brand new.

best of luck to you!

Oh isn't that the worst? UGH! :)
My daughter did the same thing. I had to take the carpet covers up, if you have them in your vehicle and take them in the bathtub with dish soap and water and let them dry in the sun. Then spray lysol on them as it is the bacteria in the spit up that smells so badly. Let it air out outside before putting them back in.
If you don't have covers, then get a spray bottle with hot water and vinager and scrub them down. If the weather allows keep your windows down and let it air out naturally and follow up with lysol. The vinager smell is temporary.
The main thing is fresh air, sunlight and a good scrubbing.
It took probably three mos for me never to notice a smell at all! :(

Vinager and water mix. Or Frebreeze.

You might try "Odo-Ban" from Sam's. It's used commercially by hotels, but a great product to have around the house. It's about $16 for a gallon, and you dilute it with water in a spray bottle. Or you can add it to laundry for a really clean smell. Lasts forever, too. Also plain old vinegar works wonders on odors, too. Just pour a couple of capfuls on the stain, let it sit a bit and dab it up.

J.--new grandma and long time mom

Try Simple Solution Pet Stain and Odor remover (PetSmart). It has an enzyme that breaks down "natural" stains, like vomit and urine and removes the odor. Works wonders on my carpets for both cat and 1-year-old messes. Also took the smell out of my car carpet when a bunch of meat "bled" on the way home from Costco!

Go to the pet store and buy some pet urine cleaner/deodorizer - then saturate the area. Those products have enzymes that break down the substance and will get out the smell - once it dries I would do the baking soda treatment again and vacuum really well.

Good Luck!

The product Sol-u-mel is a natural deodorizer. My dog decided to pee on our BRAND NEW furniture and I don't know if you have animals but that smells bad...especially if it goes undetected for a few days. I used Sol-u-mel and you would never know he peed even when you get your nose right down to it and sniff hard! It is a wonderful product! Let me know if you want information about how to get it at a discount or free from the manufacturer!

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warm water, dawn soap (the original) and white vinegar. About 1tbs of each per 1/2 gallon warm water. It works good on smells and great on stains.

Try using the Oxi Clean carpet cleaner for pets. It should neutralize the smell. Then if need be, use the Febreeze for pet oders.
Good Luck
C.

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