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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!

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