How to Clean Throw Up Off of a Carpet

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Things You'll Need

  • Dustpan

  • Vacuum

  • Sponge

  • Clean cloth

  • Baking soda

  • White vinegar

  • Dishwashing detergent

  • Warm water

  • Small bucket


In place of the homemade solution, substitute a dry-cleaning solvent or other commercial stain remover.

If you find the vomit after it has dried, you may need to re-moisten the area first to make it easier to clean.


If you have furry friends, avoid using harsh chemicals that could be harmful to pets.

Clean throw up off a carpet to keep it fresh

From coming home to a surprise left by a pet to caring for a sick child or family member, cleaning throw up off a carpet is an occasional necessary household chore. Vomit isn't fun, but not tending to a spill properly--and in a timely manner--could result in a stain and a lingering odor. There are many trusted remedies for removing throw up from carpets.

Step 1

Scoop up the vomit into a dustpan and discard. Using a towel at this point could press it further into the carpet fibers.

Step 2

Sprinkle baking soda or another absorbent onto the area. Let it stand for 10 to 15 minutes. This will disinfect the area as well as prevent a stain.

Step 3

Vacuum the stained area to remove the excess baking soda.

Step 4

Mix 1 tbsp. of liquid dishwashing soap and 1 tbsp. of white vinegar with 2 cups of warm water.

Step 5

Sponge the stain with the solution using a clean, white cloth. This will flush the area and help remove the soil.

Step 6

Blot the area until the solution is completely absorbed.

Step 7

Repeat if necessary. Some stains may be harder to remove than others.


Donna T. Beerman

Since 2000 Donna T. Beerman has contributed to newspapers and magazines. Her expertise includes higher education, marketing and social media, and her presentations and writing have won industry awards. She has an MFA in creative writing, is the integrated marketing manager at a Pennsylvania college and founded "Hippocampus Magazine."