7 Steps To Get Vomit Out Of A Mattress

If you’re here, you’re probably wondering how to get vomit out of a mattress.

We’ve all woken in the early hours of the morning because we’re sick and we just didn’t have the time to get out of our bed.

It doesn’t matter if you were sick with the flu or if you drank too much – this has happened to people you know

It could have been your kids or your pets, as these kinds of things also happen to them.

Unfortunately, mattresses cannot be put in the washing machine in the same way that sheets and blankets can.

The next thing you should ask yourself is the most difficult question:

How do I remove this vomit out of my mattress? Will it ever become clean again? How do I eliminate the odor that is so horrible?

If this is a frequent event that you face you should consider buying mattresses with a removable and machine washable cover.

If your mattress that doesn’t include a cover that is machine washable, don’t worry we’ve got you covered.

We’ll give you an easy-to-follow guideline on how to clean the puke of your mattress, disinfect it, and get rid of all odors and stains.


Supplies You Will Need

  • A paper plate or bowl
  • A mild detergent
  • Baking soda
  • Old rags or paper towels
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • White vinegar
  • Optional: rubber gloves, mask, essential oils, a blow dryer or standing fan


How To Get Vomit Out Of A Mattress

Below are 7 steps to help you get vomit out of your mattress.

The steps should work rather you have a traditional mattress, or memory foam.

Dispose of the Vomit

Grab something like an empty bowl or paper plate to scoop the vomit from the bed. Then, put it into the bag of plastic and immediately dispose of it outside. It is also possible to utilize a dustpan and flush it in the toilet. Be sure to clean the dustpan immediately. It isn’t a good idea for the scent to remain in your home. Remember to wear gloves when you’re doing this, and clean your hands afterward.

Clean the Bedding

Get all the bedding off your bed and place it in the washer. Everything even if vomit did not get onto it. This includes comforters, sheets pillows, blankets, pillows, and so on. This is so that you can ensure that the smell is gone, as well as you want to ensure the remainder of your bedding isn’t infected by sick bacteria. Clean it using a high-temperature setting, which helps in eliminating any bacteria.

Get Rid of Any Liquid Left

Grab an old paper towel or rag and rub the surface. Do not scrub because this could transfer germs and other liquids, by rubbing them into the fabric of the mattress.

Clean the Mess

Mix some warm water and mild detergent in a bowl. Use a paper towel or rag (not that one you have previously used, it’s gross) and clean the area by rubbing it with soapy water.

Mix one part water and three parts of white vinegar into a different container. Clean the mattress area using the solution of vinegar. This will cleanse, disinfect and eliminate the stains and the smell.Be assured that the smell will fade as the solution drys.

Be sure to not use excessive amounts of the solution, as you may are at risk of damaging the foam on your mattress.

Simply spray it enough to moisten the area. Allow it to dry, continue to spray until the stain is gone.

It is also possible to use an air blower or fan to help dry the area quicker.

You can also mix 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap to your white vinegar and water mixture.

Disinfect the Mattress

To make extra sure that the mattress is free of bacteria, use rubbing alcohol and lightly spray the mattress.

It is important not to go overboard because you don’t want to leave too intense of a smell.

If you’re concerned about it, make a mixture of rubbing alcohol and some essential oils and then spray.

Dry the mattress by using a fan as well as an open windows to let it air out.

For safety reasons give the mattress between 6 and 8 hours.

It is also advisable to keep children and pets off on the bed until the rubbing alcohol has become completely dry.

Get Rid Of Any Odor Left

If there are any smells that remain you can sprinkle baking soda onto the affected area.

Then, you can put the mattress topper, mattress protector, sheets and any other bedding you have back on your mattress.

Final Step 

Next time you clean your sheets (which will be within around a week) vacuum up the baking soda using your hose.

Your mattress should be as if nothing ever happened.


What If It’s Pet Vomit?

If your pet’s the one who vomited whether they’ve eaten too much or are suffering from a stomach bug , there’s something you’ll need to do differently.

Stores for pets or big commercial stores such as Walmart and Target are all likely to contain a cleaning product such as Simple Solution that’s specially made to clean after animals.

Make use of it after you have removed the animal’s vomit, using an empty bowl or plate. Then wait for about 10 minutes until it settles.

After that, you can grab your towels and get rid of as much moisture as you can.

You can now continue with the steps above.



There are numerous reasons for your mattress to be covered with vomit.

If you own a machine washable mattress cover, it will definitely not be an issue to wash the vomit from your mattress.

But, even if you don’t have a cover that is washable, you can still get rid of vomit using items like mild detergent, white vinegar and baking soda, as well as lots in paper towels.

The steps to get the vomit off is to clean the vomit, wash your bedding and sheets and then dab the mattress where the vomit is, then clean the area, wash it off, and dry the mattress.

In the end, it is easier to invest in a mattress protector. Especially if you have pets.

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