C.S. asks from Jackson, MI on November 16, 2008
Getting Smell Out
Yesterday my son caught an awful stomach bug and vomited all over the house before making it to the bathroom. We have cleaned and cleaned and I washed everything in the washer that I could, cleaned with Oxyclean and sprayed Febreeze but I cannot get the smell out of my chair and area rug. It is driving me crazy my whole living room smells like vomit! Has anyone had any luck with anything getting the smell out?
L.L. answers from Grand Rapids on November 17, 2008
Call a professional! You don't want to deal with it any more - and you don't want to drive it deeper into the carpet by adding stuff on top. You have to flush it out and pros have better cleaning enzymes than we can buy.
In Grand Rapids, call the BISSELL Big Green Cleaning Team.
M.C. answers from Detroit on November 16, 2008
I've used vinegar on odors before and it works. If vinegar doesn't do the job, try Odo-Ban.
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B.M. answers from Detroit on November 17, 2008
C.C. answers from Detroit on November 17, 2008
My nephew puked on my leather couch....so I feel your pain. I tried everything and could not get rid of the odor, until a friend of mine told me to try this method: wash the area with vinegar/water mixed 50/50 (and I really let it get soaked in there), then cover the piece of furniture with wadded up newspaper (highly absorbant), then cover the whole couch (chair, whatever) with plastic (like a tarp or shower curtain) and seal it as well as possible. Then I let it stay that way for 3 days. Unwrapped it, threw away the newspaper, and the puke smell was gone! My couch smelled a bit like a pickle for a week or so, but that was a big improvement over the vomit smell! ;o) Best of luck to you!
J.M. answers from Lansing on November 17, 2008
I used baking soda and let it soak up the odors and then vacuumed them up. It was inexpensive and worth a try. It took a couple times, but it did work on the carpet.
G.B. answers from Detroit on November 17, 2008
I know it's snowy out but can you put the things outside for a few hours? I find Lysol spray helpful sometimes as well, though some might worry about the chemicals. The smell would upset me more than the chemicals at this point!
T.C. answers from Detroit on November 17, 2008
I use a cleaner from Wal-Mart called Kids & Pets. I have used it for diarrhea stains and smell on carpet as well as pet accidents. I have also used it on my furniture when my little guy peed on it and it takes the smell right out. I believe Wal-Mart and maybe Target are the only places to get it.
S.G. answers from Detroit on November 17, 2008
I use Simple Solution Cat Stain & Odor Remover. It's all natural has worked for me on a variety of things both cat and human. The trick is letting it get to the whole of the stain, so if you're working on a cushion, you might have to give a couple of applications to get all the way down. The smells disappear as it drys and leaves a pleasant scent behind.
I believe I bought it at Meijer.
M.A. answers from Detroit on November 17, 2008
Hope the little guy is better.
A really good product that might help is Basic G from Shaklee. It is a biodegradable deodorizer/cleaner/disinfectant all in one. If your area rug is washable, throw it in the tub and let it soak through for a while. Vinegar and baking soda might help, too. For the cushion, you might have to get a steam cleaner and this is where the Basic G would be great- just use a tiny amount in the steamer. If you don't know where to get Shaklee products, message me back and I will help you.
Please be aware that 'air fresheners' are among the most unhealthy products- you are putting toxic chemicals into the air that your family is breathing. A much better air freshener is the reeds in a jar of essential oils or a non-toxic spritzer made from natural, not artificial ingredients.