How To Get Vomit Smell Out Of Car All You Need To Know

We've all had this experience as a car owner when either we or a friend happens to throw up inside our vehicle. And when that happens, it could be a huge hassle to deal with. Sometimes, it could take days and even weeks for the stench to completely be out of your car but there are ways to do it quicker.

The process is not going to be pleasant since you will be dealing with some really gross stuff in this situation, but I could at least make it less traumatizing and bearable to handle through this tutorial.

Learn how to get vomit smell out of your car following these easy steps that I prepared for you today.


You ought to know that cleaning the vomit as fast as you can is a must because time is crucial in this kind of problem. The longer you let it sit in your car, the more difficult it will be for you to remove it.

The smell is one thing that could harm the ambiance of your vehicle, but since vomit is acidic in nature, there is a huge chance that it would cause some damage to the interior of your vehicle.

If you are looking to resell your car in the future, keep in mind that your car's condition would be affected and its value could go down just because of the damages caused by a vomit. But don't worry, because I got you covered in fixing this issue.

Here are the things that you will need in order to remove vomit and its disgusting residues from your car's interior.


  • Spatula
  • Paper Towel
  • Disposable Hand Gloves
  • Baking Soda
  • Vacuum
  • Warm Water
  • White Vinegar
  • Dish Soap (5ml)
  • Extra Cloth for Drying (Lint-free)

Easy and Quick Tutorial on How to Remove Vomit Smell from Car

1. Get Rid of All Solid Substances from the Vomit

I will recommend that you use some hand gloves for this task and don't get the thin latex ones. Choose the thick yellow ones because it is hard for vomit substance to get into your skin using it.

You will have to use your hands in picking up solid residues of the vomit and you could also use a spatula to scrape anything that is still stuck in there. Just whatever you do, make sure that all solid remnants of the vomit are taken out from this step.

2. Paper Towel Blotting

Paper Towel Blotting

Get a paper towel to try to dry out the moist caused by the vomit. It is even better to use an absorbent cloth to do the job because it would easily suck in any liquid form in there.

Just don't press the cloth harder than usual because the vomit residues might go deeper in the fabric of your car.

3. Baking Soda Application

Baking Soda

Spread some baking soda on the affected area because this will help in deodorizing the car. Let the baking soda sit there for half an hour before you wipe it clean or use a vacuum for rv to remove the residue.

4. Liquid Mixture Cleaning

Liquid Mixture Cleaning

After the baking soda method, it is now time to clean it using some liquid mixture. This would have to depend on the kind of material or fabric that you are dealing with here.

Since usually, car interiors are made of leather, using baking soda and mixing it with warm water would be a good tandem. This is ideal if you are on a budget and you don't want to spend on buying ready-made car cleaners out there.

Homemade Liquid Mixture Formula

For the formula of this liquid mixture, all you need is a ratio of 3:1 for the baking soda and warm water. Your goal is to come up with a liquid solution that is a little bit pasty when you mixed it with baking soda. Keep in mind that this works for leather upholstery.

For other fabric such as cloth, carpet or plastic and vinyl, the ratio is 8:1 using warm water and white vinegar this time. Include about 5 ml of dish soap and mix the solution thoroughly.

5. Scrubbing

Once you are done with the mixture that is appropriate for your car's need, get a cloth that is lint-free and start scrubbing the affected part. Should you find the vomit leaving a mark on the carpeted area of your vehicle, get a brush with hard bristles instead.

6. Washing off

Get some water to wash the affected part but you will need to do it gradually. Having said that, you will need to get a damp cloth to remove the liquid mixture that you placed on the affected part.

You are not supposed to just pour water in there because that could worsen the situation. Always just wipe it with a wet cloth or rug whenever you are trying to rinse off some liquid solution in there.

You could also use a squirt bottle as an alternative because through this way, the water won't be all over the place and causing more problems.

7. Drying

Drying Car

Get a rug or any cloth that is once again lint-free and blot the affected part of the car as you try to dry it. It is better if you use a lint-free cloth that is white in color just so you are able to see stains being absorbed each time you blot the stained area.

Repeat this process until you finally can no longer see any stain on the affected part.

8. Final Stage

Final Stage

In order for the vomit scent to completely leave your car, have your car doors open including the windows. Not only will this process remove the bad odor in your car, but it will also help in drying everything in there fast.

Below is also a video tutorial on how you could remove the smell of vomit out of your car.


Unfortunate events happen sometimes and with that, we have no control of. However, you could always do damage control after they occur. One of these instances is having to deal with the removal of vomit smell in your car.

I will go ahead and tell you upfront that the process is unpleasant because you will be dealing with something that is really gross. But it won't have to be grosser if you do it quickly using my tutorial here.

To end this tutorial, I would like to know what’s on your mind regarding what you have learned from my article today. Tell your friends about it too by reposting and sharing this to your social network.

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