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How to remove vomit stains from clothes

Whether it’s your little one turning a queasy shade of green in the back seat of the car, an odd sound during a burping session with your baby, or a bug going round your kids’ school: parents do become familiar with the warning signs of vomit. Yet even the savviest mum or dad can be caught unawares, so it’s a good idea to know how to clean vomit stains fast, so everyone can feel better sooner.  

Luckily, washing vomit out of clothes and other items (like the back seat of your brand new car!) can involve a bare minimum of fuss. Here’s what to do when disaster strikes!


How to remove vomit stains from clothes

No matter if it’s your little one or you yourself having a bad time of it, vomit stains aren’t the nicest stains to deal with. What you can do is figure out how to remove vomit stains quickly – and with these tips, you’ll have dealt with them in no time. Let’s begin: 

  1. Wipe off any solids. Not very pleasant, we know, but removing excess vomit is the first thing you need to do, before anything else. Take an old card, a spoon, or a damp, clean towel or cloth, and carefully wipe the vomit away. 
  2. Rinse with warm water. Turn on the hot tap and flush the stain out of the fabric, or (if you’re dealing with a widespread stain) soak all of the affected items of clothing in warm water. 
  3. Rub a small amount of OMO Ultimate Liquid into the stain using the Stain Eraser Ball. These stains are protein-based, so a detergent that contains enzymes will be your best bet here.
  4. Wash as usual. Consult the instructions on the care labels of your clothes before washing on the recommended setting. If the stain is still there, go back and repeat steps 2 to 4. 

That’s all pretty simple – but what if you need to know how to clean vomit stains on trickier fabrics, such as silk or wool? These delicate fabrics don’t respond well to everyday laundry detergents, and often can’t be washed in the machine. Not to worry – there are few alternative methods to try:

  1. Follow the first 2 steps above. Wipe up the excess vomit, then flush the stain with warm water.
  2. Treat the stain with a mild detergent that’s designed for delicates. As with step 3 above, apply a small amount of detergent to the stain and gently massage it into the fabric. If you don’t have any gentle detergent to hand, you can use something like white vinegar or washing up liquid, diluted with warm water, instead. Just remember to test this mixture on an inconspicuous area, such as the inside hem of the garment, first! 

And there you have it – all you need to know to clean up those vomit stains as swiftly as possible. Now, let’s hope everyone’s feeling a bit better …

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