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How to Get Rid of Vomit Stains and Smells

It’s the sound that every parent knows and dreads to hear. You’re holding the baby close, burping her after a feed, and … yep, she’s just been sick down your back. Or you’re driving on a family day out, you reach the windy country roads, and a small voice says: "Dad, I think I’m going to be –". The bag doesn’t make it to them on time. With the vomit sound, comes the vomit stain: it’s a fact of life. 

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to clean vomit out of clothes without too much hassle – here’s how it’s done.

How to clean vomit stains and get vomit smell out of clothes

Whether you’re cleaning up after your kids or dealing with the results of your own unhappy stomach, tackling a vomit stain isn’t something you look forward to – but with these tips, you can at least make the process fast and effective. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Remove any excess vomit from the fabric. Unpleasant, we know, but any solids need to come off before you proceed. Use a spoon, a blunt knife, or a damp, clean cloth.

  2. Flush the stain with warm water. Or you can soak the garment in a bowl or bucket full of warm water. 

  3. Apply your OMO Liquid or Powder of choice directly to the stain and to rub it in. Vomit stains come a close second best to OMO  so a pre-treat and let it do its thing.

  4. Wash according to the instructions on the care label. This should do the trick – repeat steps 2 to 4 again if not.

    This is great if you’re struggling with the question of how to get vomit smell out of clothes, but remember to test any products you aren’t sure about on an inconspicuous area of the garment first – and always follow the instructions on the care label.

And that’s everything you need to know about how to clean vomit stains from fabrics! Now you can get the clean-up out of the way as quickly as possible, and focus on helping everyone feel better.