How to Remove Throw Up Smell.


There’s really no elegant way to put this. Over the Thanksgiving break, I learned how to remove the smell of vomit. All three of our girls got sick over the break. One if them is sitting on the couch with me and on her second day home from school.

They got sick in the middle of the night. 3 different nights. WHY does this always happen in the middle of the night?!

We don’t really get sick often and when we do, it usually involves a runny nose, not throwing up. So this secret potion that I found may be old news to some of you, but it is new news to me.

I really will try to minimize the number of times that I use the words vomit and throw up for those of you with a strong gag reflex.


But I know there is a fellow mom out there desperately googling how to remove the smell at 2:00 in the morning like I was.

So this post is dedicated to you. Hang in there friend, I have a solution. And you’re doing a great job.

Here is how it went down for us….

One of the girls wanted to have a sleepover at Mimi and Pop’s house. One of them wanted to stay home. And one of them is 2 so she didn’t get much of  a choice. She stayed home, too.

So the gal that stayed home wanted to sleep on the top bunk in her sister’s room. She told me her tummy hurt so I sat in the room with her for a bit until she fell asleep. Remember, we don’t get tummy bugs often so I wasn’t thinking anything of it.

Then at 2:00 am, she was in our room. Poor thing was scared to death.

“Mom, I got sick all over the room.”

She wasn’t kidding.

It was all. over. the room. Splatters happen when you lean over the side of the top bunk.


Thankfully, it wasn’t a night shift, and Dicky was home.

“Hey, babe! Wake up, I need help.” (P.S. I prob didn’t say “Hey, babe”. I prob whacked him in the shoulder and said “HELP!”)

So we both looked at each other and I said “Umm…I’m not good with throw up.”

Then he goes, “Ya, neither am I.”

Pause. What is wrong with us? I mean I’m a nurse and he is PA in the ER!?! We shouldn’t struggle so much. Oh well…

So rock star Dad started cleaning. I love him.

I got the blankets set up and got everything else taken care of. It was a long night of her getting sick, but we finally fell asleep.

The next morning, I went into the other room to assess the damage and it smelled pretty strong.

No worries, I thought. I will shampoo the carpets, open the windows, diffuse any oil that I can think of.

So I did all of those things.

I shampooed the carpet 3 times. I diffused (even though I have no clue what I’m doing with oils. I just wanted to get rid of the smell so I picked something that smelled fresh-ish.)

So google I did.

I came across this, and it worked!

  • 2 cups hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • A few drops of liquid dish soap

I mixed it up in a spray bottle. Then I sprayed it on the carpet, blotted with a towel and sprinkled baking soda all over. I let it sit over night and then vacuumed the baking soda up in the morning.


I also rinsed the sheets and then washed them with white vinegar. It does not smell like vinegar when you’re done!


Just pour the vinegar in place of your detergent and wash like you normally would.

If you’re reading this with a sick kiddo, I hope they feel better soon.

If you’ve stuck with me long enough to read this and your kiddo isn’t sick, tuck this away for the future!


Joyfully Restored