How to Remove Vomit From a Car's Interior

by Brooke Pierce

Accidents occur, including people getting sick in your car -- and you may find yourself with the unpleasant task of cleaning vomit from your auto's interior. Getting rid of vomit and restoring the initial freshness of your car may seem like a challenge, but you can clean your car's interior easily using household products. The sooner you clean your car, the better.

Items you will need

  • Protective gloves 

  • Face mask

  • Spoon 

  • Absorbent cloth or paper towel 

  • Cloth towel 

  • Water 

  • Detergent

  • Vinegar 

  • Baking soda 

  • Brush 

  • Vacuum cleaner 

  • Air fresheners 

  • Upholstery protectant          

Scoop out the vomit.

Don your protective gloves and a face mask before you start cleaning the car's interior and keep your windows open to air out the car. Use paper towels to get rid of the vomit. Use a spoon to scoop out the watery vomit that is mixed with solid particles. Soak the cloth towel in water mixed with detergent and wipe the area where you have scooped the vomit.


Do not scoop the vomit roughly, as it may fall underneath surface of the area you are cleaning -- making it harder to get to and clean the vomit.

Wash the mats and covers.

Remove mats and any other removable accessories. Wash them with a detergent and ensure they are clean. Let them dry in the sun before returning them to the car. For dried vomit in the upholstery, use a brush to scrub, but do not use excessive force, as it may damage your interior. Using a wet cloth towel, pay attention to the lining of the car interior and remove any particles. Use warm water for hard surfaces.

Disinfect your upholstery and remove the odor.

To disinfect the upholstery, use water mixed with vinegar in equal proportions and rub the surface with it. Sprinkle plenty of baking soda on the exposed area and rub it lightly to help get rid of the vomit odor. After 30 minutes, clean up the baking soda using a brush and then use a detergent to clean the surface. Let the wet parts dry and then vacuum them up.

Use an air freshener.

After your car is clean and dry, spray air freshener for added freshness.


Use upholstery protectant to protect the surfaces you have cleaned against future accidents. This will act as a preventive measure that will make your work easier next time you find yourself in a similar situation.

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