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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 Persil bio liquid directly to the stain and use the Stain Eraser Ball to rub it in. Vomit stains are protein-based, so a detergent like Persil bio liquid will be your best friend in getting rid of them.
  4. Wash according to the instructions on the care label. This should do the trick – repeat steps 2 to 4 again if not.


So far, so good. But how do you clean up vomit stains on fabrics that can’t be washed with a biological laundry detergent, such as silk or wool? How about clothes that can’t be machine washed? Well, there are a couple of things you could try: 

  1. Follow steps 1 and 2 above. Scrape off as much vomit as you can, then rinse the stained area with warm water. 
  2. Use a gentle detergent to pre-treat the vomit stain. Persil Silk & Wool is a good option. If you’re in a hurry and don’t have it in the house, you can use something like dish detergent or white vinegar – or even a mixture of the two, diluted well with warm water.

    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.

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