How to Get the Smell of Vomit Out of Furniture

Updated on June 25, 2011
S.A. asks from Chicago, IL
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My son threw up on our couch and we can't get the smell out. We used a Bissell steam cleaner and it helped, but there is still a faint trace of the smell. New couches are not an option right now! What can we do?

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answers from Atlanta on

Sprinkle with baking soda, let sit for 15 minutes and then vacuum. Repeat if needed.
Good luck!

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answers from Baton Rouge on

Spray it with hydrogen peroxide, let it bubble until it stops, blot it up. Repeat a few times if needed.

Or sprinkle with baking soda, spray with just a little vinegar, and wipe away with a damp rag after it stops bubbling.

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answers from Redding on

Anyway you can take your couch outside and let it sit in the sun for a bit? If you have cleaned every nook and cranny, the only thing left is "time".

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answers from Philadelphia on

Go to Petsmart and get Simple Solution. Walmart has it too but its called Out. You can add this to the steam cleaner but I would just pour some directly on the couch. Works great but you may need to treat the couch several times. I use it all the time when my daughter spills milk on the couch and it never gets that sour milk smell.

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answers from Washington DC on

I would put baking soda on the spot/area - then soak a washcloth in vinegar - pour a LITTLE vinegar on the baking soda and let it set for 5 minutes, use the soaked (wringed out of course) wash cloth to wipe up the mess...

vacuum again or steam clean!!

My husband (bless him) says - get rid of the smell? Open up a bottle of bleach - take a whiff - won't be able to smell anything for a couple of hours!! URGH!! My husband!! :)



answers from San Francisco on

Use the pet enzyme stuff, like Nature's Miracle, or Anti-Icky-Poo, or a similar product.

Enzyme products work, but you need to saturate it. My cat peed on my son's foam pad the other day, and I had to pour it on, not just spray. But it will work for vomit, too. I use it for my cat's vomit all the time.

Just test a small patch somewhere inconspicuous to make sure it won't harm the color. It usually doesn't.



answers from Salt Lake City on

I've heard that coffee beans can absorb smells. Many grocery stores have a "gourmet" coffee area where you can directly dispense the beans. You don't need much. Set the beans out in small bowls around/under the couch for a few days.
But don't try this if you can't stand the smell of coffee!! lol



answers from Los Angeles on

I would try the baking soda idea.
Also, do your cushions detach? If so, after you clean them can you place them in the sun to air out.
In addition to that, how about spraying around the area w/Febreeze? (that is more temporary but maybe if you do all 3 things....?



answers from Pittsburgh on

Direct sunlight is a wonderful thing.

And would try Nature's Miracle from the pet store. Test some fabric before applying...

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