Vomit, Throw up, Barf, Upchuck (ewww!)

Cleaning Vomit…act fast!!…

Vomit contains acids which can and likely will permanently damage many fabrics.  The most basic tip which my Mom taught me decades ago is to use cool water to rinse out organic stains like, blood, vomit or urine.  Heat will set the stain.

  • First remove any large chunks etc. Yes, I know that sounds gross, but whenever you are removing any stain blot or scrape off as much as you can before trying to remove the stain with any cleaning technique.
  • Organic stains can often be removed by just soaking and agitating in cold water before washing. Soak in cold water using a detergent or enzyme presoak product for about 30 minutes. Soak old stains for at least several hours.
  • Launder in warm (not hot) water, rinse, and inspect. If stain remains, soak an additional 30 minutes, then rewash. (Never put a stained fabric in a dryer. The heat from the dryer will likely set the stain.)
  • If color stain remains, launder using chlorine bleach if safe for the fabric, or with all fabric bleach. Always check for colorfastness first.

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