How To Clean Vomit From Car

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How To Clean Vomit From Car Interior

Getting car sick is a common thing and vomiting and puking in the car will become the result of that. Vomit has a very distinct smell to it and if that stays in the car over a few hours or days. It will be like removing smoke smell from a car that a person smoke in for 5 years.

What this article will teach you is how to remove that disgusting smell from the carpets of the car, the cloth seats, vinyl, and even the plastic. With a mixture of some homemade cleaning products, you will get that smell and vomit right out. You will need a few things which I will be listed below. They will be used in each of the cleaning methods below and link to external products will be highlighted if you need them.

Items Needed:


Spray Bottle

White Distilled Vinegar 

Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

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Paper Towel

Scrub brush / Toothbrush 

Steam Cleaner ( Optional )

Homemade Cleaning Solution Mixture

Add 1 cup white distilled vinegar to a spray bottle, add 1 tablespoon dawn dish soap, half cup pine sol disinfectant, and then add warm water until the spray bottle is full. Shake well and use it as directed below in the following cleaning methods.


Cleaning Fresh Vomit From Car Carpet On The Go

Fresh vomit or puke in the car is the easiest vomit to clean up because it’s fresh and it hasn’t developed its odor as yet. This incident will accrue the majority of the time on the road while going somewhere. The safest way to clean the vomit up is by pulling over to the nearest gas or somewhere safe that you can clean it.

To clean the vomit up you will need a paper towel and some wipes. Start by scraping up as much of the vomit as you can, and throwing it away, using the paper towel, and wiping up what is remaining. If you have wipes this will do an even better job temporarily.

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When you get home, this is where the homemade cleaning solution will come in handy that you can make above using the instructions.

Spray the cleaning solution on the carpet of the car and let it sit for 5 minutes, use the scrub brush or toothbrush and scrub the vomit mark away. Spray more cleaning solution on the area if it needs more and repeat the cleaning process until the vomit smell and stain are gone.


Cleaning Fresh Vomit From Car Cloth Seat

Many times when we vomit some of it will get on the seat of the car and it is much harder to clean off if the car seat is cloth. Leather car seats are much more easier to clean so you do not have to worry about them as much as cloth seats.

To clean the cloth seat, spray the cleaning solution that I show you to make above and let it soak. Make sure to remove the vomit chunks off the seat before you begin cleaning it. Use the scrub brush and carefully brush the stain out, ensure it doesn’t splash everywhere, and give you extra work. After you have done that, get a bowl with warm water and a microfiber cleaning cloth and wipe the cloth seat.

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Let the seat air dry or if you want to use the car back as soon as possible, use a hairdryer and dry it. Spraying a little Febreze on the area, but not too close where the liquid will stain it.


Removing Old Vomit From Car Carpet And Leather Or Cloth Seats

Let’s say you were super busy and you just wipe the vomit chunks off the carpet or seats or even leave the chunks of vomit or puke from the baby there without giving the area a proper scrubbing and adding the essential oil to it. The area will be stained and the stain and vomit can be hard to come out if you do not know how to remove it properly.

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To clean it properly, you will need a vacuum with a small end so you can use it to loosen the vomit chunks off the carpet. You do not want to wet the vomit back again before you vacuum it because that will make it harder to suck the top and will ruin your vacuum.

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After you got rid of all the chunky parts of the vomit, you can wet the areas and scrub them with a toothbrush or scrub brush. This will be easier if you had a steam cleaner that would’ve cut your cleaning time in half, but a vacuum can do a good enough job too. If the end of the vacuum cannot scrap the vomit off, use something sharp that will not damage the car seat or the carpet.


How To Remove Vomit Smell From Car

This is the part that people hate the most, the smell of vomit and puke. This can leave an everlasting smell in your car that can ruin it for you. The scent will not just come out over time though, a few cleaning and leaving the car windows down will eventually get the sent out.

Here is how to get the scent out, after you have followed any of the cleaning methods above to remove the vomit and the stain, you will need to make your own air freshener or buy a strong air freshener. The best way is to add a few drops of essential oil to the area where the vomit was.

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If you are scared that I will stain the seats or carpet in the car, add 15 drops of essential oil to a spray bottle filled with water and spray it on the area. You can use and scent essential oil you like to make the car smell great.

Final Conclusion:

Do not let vomit or puke from a baby, sit in the car for a long period of time, try your best to clean it up as soon as you can so you do not ruin the smell of your car.

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