How to Clean Vomit From Carpet

Don't put off cleaning human or pet vomit from the carpet. Yes, cleaning vomit is unpleasant, but letting it sit only makes it worse. Use household products to get out both the stain and the smell and return your carpet back to its pristine, pre-vomit state.

Cleaning Vomit

Find an essential cleaning component in your pantry: corn starch. Use a combination of corn starch and proper removal techniques to combat vomit stains.

  1. Remove as much of the vomit from the carpet as possible. Use a plastic spoon to scoop all that you can, and, gingerly, place it in a plastic bag. After you're finished, throw the plastic bag in the trash.
  2. Liberally sprinkle corn starch on the stained area. Cover the area completely.
  3. Allow the corn starch to absorb as much of the vomit as possible by letting it sit for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Blot the area with a clean towel until the area is clean.

Another Approach

If corn starch is readily available, try other household ingredients. Treat the area with a combination of dish detergent, water and white vinegar.

  1. Mix 2 cups of tepid water with a tablespoon of vinegar and a tablespoon of your preferred dish detergent.
  2. Use a sponge to apply the mixture to the area.
  3. Use a different sponge to apply cold water to the stain to absorb the solution.

Cleaning Pet Vomit

Everyday household ingredients, such as table salt and baking soda, are also helpful in cleaning pet vomit from the carpet.

  1. Again, scoop up as much of the vomit as possible and place it in a plastic bag, which you immediately throw in the trash.
  2. Generously coat the dirty area with either table salt or baking soda. (If the vomit has dried, loosen it with some water.)
  3. Let the area dry and vacuum the area.
  4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the area is clean.
  5. Treat the clean area with club soda and blot the area with clean towels.

Another Approach

Treat the area with a disinfectant and blot up the residue with paper towels.