A Step-by-Step Instructional Guide to Deodorizing Your Mattress After Someone Has Puked On It.

2023-01-10 00:01:52 - Patrick Gruce Patrick Gruce is a seasoned journalist with over a decade of experience in the tech and media industries, offering unique insights on the intersection of technology, media, and legal/regulatory issues through his background in journalism and law.

All of us are victims of this universal experience. Sometimes we've been sick enough to wake up in the middle of the night, but we've been too weak to get out of bed. We don't care if this happened because you were down with the flu or just a little too tipsy; we just know that it has happened to you or someone you know. Because these things also frequently occur in the lives of children and animals, that someone could have been them. Mattresses, unlike sheets and blankets, can't be washed in a machine. The next horrifying thought is, "How do I get this vomit out of my mattress?" When will it finally be clean again Is there any way to eliminate this abominable aroma?

Even though it's a mess, somebody's got to clean it up.

If this is a common problem for you, look into purchasing a mattress from a company like YogaBed or Novosbed that has a cover that can be removed and washed in a washing machine. However, we still have you covered if your mattress does not have a removable cover that can be washed in the washing machine. We'll show you exactly what to do to get the vomit out of your bed, disinfect it, and get rid of the odor and stains.

List of Necessary Equipment:

  • Rags, if you don't have paper towels, or old clothes.
  • Disposable paperware.
  • A delicate cleanser
  • The Use of Vinegar
  • Alcohol for rubbing
  • Salicylic acid
  • Gloves, a facemask, essential oils, a hot air blower, or a tabletop fan are all recommended, but optional.

Tips for Deodorizing a Mattress After Being Stained by Throw Up:

Clean up the throw up. Grab a bowl or paper plate and clean up the vomit on the bed. Wrap it up in a trash bag and dispose of it in the open air. Use a dustpan and then flush it down the toilet is another option. Make sure to clean the dustpan after use. Having the odor linger in your home is not an option. It's recommended that you use gloves or thoroughly wash your hands afterward.

Clean the bed sheets Remove all of the linens from your bed and place them in the washing machine. Everything, even if there was no vomit on it All bed linens, such as a duvet cover, sheets, pillowcases, etc. This is so that you can rest assured that the odor has been removed and that the rest of the bedding has not been contaminated with sickness. Put it through a cycle of extremely hot water to ensure that all germs are eliminated.

Remove any lingering liquid. To dab, pick up a paper towel or rag. Scrubbing can actually do more harm than good by rubbing the remaining liquid and germs into the mattress's fibers.

how to clean vomit mattress bed Use a white sponge to avoid color transfer and avoid our blunder.

Sweep it up Put some mild detergent into a container of hot water and use that. Spot-clean the area by dabbing it with the soapy water and a new paper towel or rag (not the one you just used, gross). After that, in a different container, combine white vinegar with water at a ratio of 1:3. Use the vinegar solution to blot the mattress once more. The odor and stains will be less noticeable after this is done. It's okay; the solution will dry and the odor will go away. If you use too much of the solution, you can ruin the foam in your mattress. Basically, you should just spray enough to make the area damp. Wait for it to dry, and then repeat as necessary to get rid of the stain. The use of a blow dryer or fan can hasten the drying process.

You can fortify your water and white vinegar solution even more by including one teaspoon of non-moisturizing liquid dish soap.

Disinfect It's a good idea to spray the mattress with some rubbing alcohol to kill any remaining germs. You shouldn't overdo it, since you don't want a powerful odor. Spray a mixture of rubbing alcohol and essential oils on the area if you're really worried. Air out the mattress with a fan and a window once more. Allow 6–8 hours to be on the safe side. Also, until the rubbing alcohol has dried completely, it's probably best to keep kids and animals away from the bed.

Nearly spotless once more

Get rid of any lingering scent Baking soda can be sprinkled over the area if any lingering odors persist. After that, you can re-make the bed with sheets, a mattress protector, and anything else you use.

Getting there As soon as you can (ideally, within a week), use the hose attachment on your vacuum to remove the baking soda from your sheets before washing. Your bed should feel and look like new.

Pro Tip Many people feel queasy when confronted with the sight or smell of vomit; if this describes you, try chewing gum while you work or applying vapor rub to your nose to cover the odor. It could also be beneficial to wear a mask.

You can also think about investing in a mattress protector to safeguard your bed from accidents like puking, urinating, or bleeding. You can get some low-priced ones that are likely to suffice from the Amazon marketplace. You should always prepare ahead of time.

Memory Foam Mattress Care and Maintenance

The good news (if there is such a thing when cleaning vomit) is that cleaning vomit from a memory foam mattress requires essentially the same tools as cleaning vomit from a traditional mattress. The good news is that a memory foam mattress can be cleaned in a similar way.  

Clean up the sickening mess. We know it sounds horrible, but cleaning up the vomit on the bed is priority number one. Put on some protective clothing, grab a paper plate or bowl, and take the vomit outside to dispose of it in a trash can. While some may find it more convenient to simply sweep the dust into a dustpan and then flush it away, it is important to remember that this method leaves you with a dustpan that must be cleaned and disinfected as well.

Prepare the bed by washing the sheets Put all the sheets and blankets in the washer right now. Although you may be tempted to skip washing bedding where there is no visible vomit, doing so will help prevent the spread of germs and eliminate any unpleasant odors. It may take more than one load, but it's important to wash all bedding on a hot setting to help kill germs.  

Remove any lingering liquid. The following procedures are essential for memory foam mattresses, as the foam material readily absorbs liquids such as vomit and cleaning solutions. To remove any remaining vomit liquid, dab the area with a rag or paper towel (do not scrub). For this, you can dab gently, but you shouldn't press down on the foam or try to twist it in any way to squeeze out the liquid.

Clear the area Your vinegar cleaning solution and a fresh rag are now required. Do not spray the solution directly onto the memory foam mattress, as doing so could damage the mattress. Blot the mattress instead by lightly spraying your rag. In order for the blotted areas to be effective, they must be slightly damp, but not dripping.  

Disinfect For best results, spray alcohol and wait 6-8 hours for it to dry.

Get the bed ready for a new sleeper by drying it out Use a blow dryer on a low heat setting and hold it above the mattress to prevent the memory foam from absorbing the cleaner. The mattress must be completely dry before the sheets can be reapplied, so a fan can help with that if necessary. Efface any lingering scent Put some baking soda on your mattress if you're worried about lingering odors, and then vacuum it up when you wash your sheets again in a week.

When Cleaning Up After A Cat Or Dog Poops

Whether your furry friend ate too much or has a small stomach bug (poor thing), if you find them vomiting, there is one thing you should do differently. Whether you shop at a local pet supply store or one of the big box retailers like Walmart or Target, you're sure to find a cleaning product like Simple Solution, designed specifically for pet waste. Animal feces should be removed with a paper plate or bowl and left to settle for about ten minutes before using the product. Then, repeat the steps we just outlined while using paper towels to soak up as much water as possible.

A mattress manufacturer named Novosbed conducted a survey that found that nearly 71% of Americans let their pets sleep with them. Cleanup is a bigger concern for pet owners with dogs and cats because of this. There is a 71% chance that you will find pet urine on your mattress if you are one of the pet owners who allow their pet to sleep in bed with them. Take these precautions to avoid any mishaps in bed:  

  • Your pet may show symptoms of illness before actually jumping on the bed. Changes in your pet's behavior, such as withdrawal from social interaction, drowsiness, excessive panting, or even aggression, may indicate illness. Illness symptoms also include a change from normal eating habits or urination schedules.  
  • Maximize feeding times if your pet suffers from a tumultuous stomach. Your pet's eating habits and bathroom habits can be more easily predicted if you keep them on a regular schedule. Accidents on the bed can be avoided, for instance, if you feed and take your pet out to use the bathroom a few hours before bedtime.  
  • Carefully evaluate your pet's condition before letting it back onto the bed. If the signs of illness persist, it's best to hold off until they go away to avoid any potential mishaps. When your dog's eating and behavior patterns return to normal, you can be confident that he or she is feeling better. Another indicator that your pet may be ready to return to bed is the absence of house accidents despite the presence of illness symptoms.

Preserving the Condition of Your Mattress

Think About Using a Mattress Protector - A mattress protector is a good idea for avoiding mishaps. A mattress protector's primary function is to prevent stains from reaching the mattress in the first place. The mattress protector can be easily cleaned by tossing it in the washing machine and dryer in the event of a pet accident. A mattress protector serves two purposes: keeping your mattress clean and extending the life of your mattress.


  • Covering your entire mattress from head to toe, an encasement (or zippered) protector is the most thorough option. Zippers are a common method of closure for the protector.
  • Popular among mattress protectors, the fitted variety mimics the shape of your bed's linens by tucking neatly under it and having corner pockets.
  • This protector has elastic straps that secure it to the top of your mattress and around each of the four corners. This secures the cover in place on the bed.


Cotton, polyester, polyurethane, vinyl, and even down can all be found among the many materials used to make mattress protectors. Some mattress protectors are made entirely of one material, while others are constructed from a combination of several different materials. There are also single-layer and double-layer mattress protectors available. However, vinyl or polyurethane may be the better choice if you have pets, as these materials are notorious for their watertight qualities. Below, we've outlined the benefits and drawbacks of each option.

  • Cotton - Cotton fibers are made without the use of any chemicals. Cotton is hypoallergenic and breathable, making it an excellent material for mattress covers, especially for people who have trouble sleeping due to allergies or sleep hot. Cotton is more expensive and wears out and shrinks more quickly than other materials.  
  • Polyester—Polyester fibers are strong yet lightweight, and they resist wrinkles and stains. It's tough, but it irritates wet skin and doesn't breathe as well as cotton.  
  • For those who reside in chilly or dry climates, down is the go-to fabric. Additionally, down is durable, lightweight, and airy. In spite of this, it is not the simplest thing to maintain, as it calls for unique attention whenever it gets dirty. It's not hypoallergenic, and it costs more than synthetics, so down isn't a good option  
  • Vinyl - An investment in vinyl will last for a long time because of the material's high durability. It is also stain-resistant and simple to clean. It's important to do your homework, though, because not all vinyl is created equal. Some labels produce vinyl that looks and sounds cheap.  
  • Similar to vinyl, polyurethane is stain- and wear-resistant and can withstand high abrasion. One of polyurethane's biggest drawbacks is that it degrades quickly and has a relatively short lifespan.
Encasement Fitted Elastic Coverage Total protection Front and back Top Comfort Offers little in the way of supplementary ease of use It's the most convenient because it goes on like a fitted sheet, providing maximum coziness. Highly breathable, and typically made from cotton Strong elastic bands made of breathable silicone allow for maximum airflow.   Protection  Normally impervious to moisture Presents a full shield Usually impervious to water and other liquids A mattress protector that only covers the top, leaving the sides and corners open to dust and spills.

Measures to Take in the Event of Nausea or Throwing Up

Several options exist to help those experiencing nausea and prevent them from throwing up. However, there are times when these strategies aren't enough to combat nausea. If that occurs, medical attention is required. Here are some ways to keep your stomach in place and avoid getting sick all over your bed.  

  • Clear fluids, such as water, may help soothe an upset stomach if you drink plenty of them. Because the cold lulls the stomach into a state similar to sleep, consuming cold liquids or ice can reduce nausea and stomach pain.  
  • Consume bland, easily digestible foods to soothe an upset stomach. Unfamiliar substances are a common source of stomach distress. Try eating some plain bread or chicken and rice to calm your stomach.  
  • If you're trying to soothe an upset stomach, staying away from sugary and fatty foods is crucial. Foods high in fat, sugar, or both may make your symptoms worse.  
  • Eat slowly and cautiously at first to see how your stomach reacts to the food you're putting in it. Due to the increased rate at which air is ingested during rapid eating, bloating may be the result.
  • For the same reason that eating a bland diet is preferable, avoiding extremes in temperature when eating can help keep your digestive system from being thrown off.  
  • To determine if your nausea is subsiding and if your stomach is ready for more liquid, drink slowly at first.
  • You shouldn't engage in intense physical activity right after eating; rather, you should wait at least a couple of hours to give your stomach time to process the meal. If your stomach is upset and you're feeling sick, don't overdo it with the exercise.
  • If you are feeling nauseous, you should probably wait a while before brushing your teeth. For this reason, it's best to wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth.
  • Pick out the old standbys if you're feeling queasy; your stomach can't handle the shock of trying something new. If you want to get enough nourishment, feel at ease before bed, and keep your stomach feeling stable, it may be best to stick to foods you're already familiar with and have eaten before.

Final Reflections

Mattress puke can happen for a number of different reasons. Cleaning up vomit from a mattress won't be as much of a chore if you have a removable, machine-washable mattress cover. However, if you don't have a cover that can be washed, you can still clean up vomit with some mild detergent, white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, baking soda, and a lot of paper towels. To remove vomit from a mattress, one must first remove the offending matter, then wash all sheets and bedding, dab the affected area, clean, disinfect, and dry the mattress. If you have a pet dog or cat, a mattress protector may prevent you from having to clean your mattress in the future.

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