How To Get Rid Of Vomit Smell In Car?

My little nephew was, unfortunately, sick in my sister’s car. She cleaned the mess up immediately and has since tried a couple of different solutions to get rid of the smell, but without success. Does anyone have a simple tip to get rid of the vomit smell on the seatbelt, the car seat and the carpet?

When my daughter was sick last I got rid of the lumps and cleaned the rest with bicarbonate and water. Then I sprayed it with pet deodorizer from the vet. Very expensive but does the trick. Also don’t get the carpet to wet otherwise the smell will get worse than better. Also clean up as soon as possible, preferably straight away.


There is a product at the pet store called “Nature’s Miracle”. You wet the smelly area with it and let it dry, and it is supposed to remove odors caused by the residue of animal (human or otherwise) “outputs”. I have heard nothing but good things about it. I used it on my dog after she got skunked, and it got out the residual odor.

Mix 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 ammonia, rub into the carpet and use a brush to rub it in. Take a clean, damp cloth and rub to get the excess out. To remove stains you can use this formula and use an iron over a damp cloth to help remove stains on the carpet also.

You can use the baking soda either dry, sprinkled on to the spot, let sit a few minutes and vacuum up. It can also be made into a paste with water, brushed lightly with a soft brush (like an old toothbrush),let dry and vacuum.

That being said, I like to use vinegar. Mix about 1 to 1 with water in a spray bottle, spray on the area, and let dry. Repeat until the smell is gone! The main advantage is that vinegar has some antibacterial properties where baking soda doesn’t, but the smell of vinegar can be just as bad as the original stink, but you won’t be able to smell the vinegar once it’s dry! We currently use this method with our daughter who’s starting to potty train and occasionally has accidents!

Which of these solutions would you recommend for mattresses? My daughter has puked on her mattress a few times and always seems to hit the “target” where the mattress cover doesn’t reach.

How to get vomit smell out of car seat, cloting and carpet:

  • 2 cups hydrogen peroxide (the kind you put on cuts)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 drops liquid dish soap

Mix all three ingredients together so the baking soda dissolves. You can then soak the items in this mixture.

For cleaning the vomit in the car or the carpet, simply saturate the area with the vomit removal recipe. Press with towels or rags. Repeat if necessary. After treatment, you can also sprinkle with baking soda and vacuum up later.

This solution for cleaning up vomit from carpet, stuffed animals, clothing and car has not discolored anything I’ve used it on. It may make the smell seem stronger at first, but it’s only because it’s getting the vomit wet again and agitating it. The smell will go away and not return after treatment.

This recipe for cleaning vomit also works on urine (kid or pet) and spit-up.


  • Keep a ton of peroxide and Borax on hand. The peroxide gets out blood and chocolate without bleaching anything also. My friend told me about the Borax. It is also the key ingredient for getting out the musty, mildew smell from towels.
  • Keep a bucket in the laundry room or garage that is easy to find and grab. When you have a vomit, urine or spit-up incident, fill it with water and the Borax and toss all the things they spit up on and let it soak for two hours or more. My friend who gave me this recipe says, “I never had a permanent stain after that.”
  • Hold your stomach. Wait for it. Clean-up the vomit chunks from the carpet using a spatula. Then, treat the carpet with the recipe provided.
  • For most things, we try and be chemical free in our home. However, there are some big jobs like vomit, urine and spit-up that require something more intense. With the infrequent use, I am comfortable seeking a more chemical solution.
  • The minute a kid says they have a tummy ache, get them a bowl. You can prevent a lot of clean-up just by being diligent about this.
  • When you have a puker, lay a towel over surfaces where they touch. They often curl up on the couch, so to protect the area as well as prevent germs, I simply lay a towel down and have them rest on top.
  • PLEASE: Keep all of these cleaning items out of the reach of children.
© Copyright 2020 – E Carpet Stains is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to