No. Nobody’s sick here at the moment (knock on wood). This is a completely random post. But I figured with the cold and flu season here, you might be interested in tucking this little nugget in the back of your mind for a rough day.
I came upon it by accident, really, as most brilliant ideas come about. This is seriously the easiest way to get vomit out of the carpet. I wish I’d known to do this from the beginning. It sure as heck would have saved me from way too many stomach churning moments.
One night my daughter was sick with a stomach flu, and didn’t make it to the bathroom before she spewed all over her bedroom floor.
Lovely, I know. Stay with me here, it’s gonna get worse before it gets better.
It was chunky, and smelled horrible, and I really didn’t feel like trying to sop it out of the carpet with a towel at 2 o’clock in the morning. Her brother was sleeping in the same room at the time, and begged me to make the awful smell go away.
So, I did what first came to mind. Baking Soda. LOTS of it. I grabbed a big bag from the pantry, and sprinkled it liberally all over the mess on the floor. Enough to completely bury the puke. And then I put a towel over it just in case somebody accidentally stepped on it.
There. Done. Back to bed.
Dare I admit, with all the vomiting that went on those next few days, I didn’t even get around to cleaning that mess under the towel for two days. Hey, don’t judge.
When I finally remembered there was something there that really needed to get cleaned up, I was shocked and amazed when I pulled the towel up to find that the baking soda had transformed all of the throw-up into small, odorless clumps of powder. Besides that, all that was left was a stain that needed scrubbing.
What’s this? No disgusting mess to slop up with my bare hands?
Using the vacuum, I (probably too ecstatically) sucked all of the dried clumps up in one mess-free motion. (If you don’t want to use your vacuum, a broom will do just as well.) With that out of the way, I sprayed a little carpet cleaner on the spot, and had it as good as new in minutes.
No sopping. And gagging. And scooping. And gagging. And washing. And picking chunks of leftover food out of the washing machine.
It was brilliant!
I’m telling you, the next time you have throw-up on your carpet- Baking Soda. LOTS of it. Add a couple drops of essential oils while you’re at it. You’ll love me forever.
Do you have a better way to clean vomit from carpet?? I’m game to learn an even better trick if there is one!
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