How To Clean Mattress Vomit? A Step-By-Step Guide

Everyone wants to keep their memory foam mattress smelling fresh and clean. However, there can be many reasons that you cannot control and vomit right in your bed. 

Striping the sheets for regular washing will not remove all bacteria, stains, and unpleasant odors. So in today’s article, we will show you the best way to clean up vomit in bed. Scroll down to read the details!

Tools Needed To Clean Vomit From Mattress

Tool for cleaning

Tool for cleaning

Vomiting is a combination of a slimy substance that can contain a lot of bacteria and pathogens that you cannot see with the naked eye. 

Not only that, the vomit is food combined with gastric juice, so it will also have an unpleasant smell. So it would help if you equipped some of the following tools to clean up the vomit quickly and most effectively.

Vomiting Remover Device

To get rid of vomit, you will need to use a firm and waterproof wipe. You can use disposable spoons and forks to remove and dispose of them along with the vomit. You will also need a bucket and a plastic bag to store the vomit stain.

Tools To Protect Yourself

Vomiting is part of the body’s excretion, contains many personal fluids, and may include many pathogens. So you need to wear gloves to avoid this liquid coming into direct contact with the skin. 

If your skin is too sensitive or has an open wound, it can cause irritation or infection. In addition, you will also need a mask to reduce, prevent unpleasant odors and prevent disease-causing bacteria.

Mattress Cleaning Tool

The group of mattress cleaning tools will include cleaning urine stains and removing unpleasant odors. You will need to prepare specialized tools such as detergent and white vinegar to remove plaque. 

To dry the mattress faster, you will need the help of a dryer or fan. In addition, you can also prepare to add essential oils or fragrance sprays to remove and mask the remaining unpleasant odors from the vomit stain.

How To Clean Mattress Vomit

After you have prepared all the necessary tools, it is time to clean the memory foam mattress vomit. This job is quite simple, but it takes a lot of time. 

Please refer to the following steps to clean your mattress most effectively.

Eliminate vomit

Get rid of vomit

To clean, you must first remove all the vomit stains from the surface of the bed, just like using the dishwasher. You need to remove all garbage and leftovers before you put the bowl in the machine for the machine to work at its best.

Use an object with a certain hardness, such as a fork or spoon to scrape off the solids on the bed. You should collect it in a separate bag and tie it up before putting it in the trash for safety.

Peeling and handling blankets and bedsheets

Before cleaning the mattress, make sure you remove the sheets and other items.

Then you can wash it yourself or put it in the washing machine and choose the high heat mode to get rid of the bacteria on the gas. 

If other items have not come into contact with the vomit stains, you should wash them separately to avoid spreading bacteria in a paper towel.

Liquid absorbent

Liquid absorbent

Liquid absorbent

The vomit from the body of a person or dog has a mucus solution. Which liquid is straightforward to seep through the gas and spill onto the bed. So it would help if you dried this liquid with a dry cloth or paper plate.

If using cloth, you should get an old cloth so that you can throw it away as soon as you’re done using it. You certainly don’t want to reuse a material filled with odors and bacteria for other things. 

In addition, you should note that it is absorbent; press the fabric down so that it absorbs all the liquid. Some people habitually wipe or rub, causing bacteria to spread to the surrounding area.


The vomit from a mattress consists of many finished products, creating a rather unpleasant odor. 

Even if you clean and find your bed white again, there will still be odors if not appropriately handled. So please follow the following way with baking soda to remove the smell effectively.

Sprinkle baking soda on the vomit area

Use Baking soda

Use Baking soda

Blotting the liquid with a paper plate will only absorb some, and the bold pad will still be moist. So you need to suck out the remaining water in the bed by using baking soda. Pour the flour over the wet part; baking soda is an effective tool to help you absorb moisture and remove residual odors.

Let the dough rise for 8 hours or overnight.

Baking soda takes time to work and absorbs any remaining liquid. So you need to leave it on the surface for at least 8 hours until they form blocks and dry thoroughly.

It is best not to affect the bed but to find another place to sleep temporarily. However, if you must lie on the bed, you can also cover the baking soda with a paper towel.

Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the baking soda residue.

Hand vacuum cleaner

Hand vacuum cleaner

After sucking all the liquid left on the mattress, baking soda will have the phenomenon of clumps. You can use a vacuum cleaner to remove this salt.

However, to avoid clogging the washing machine and make the cleaning vomit smell process more manageable, you should first use rubber gloves to remove the big salt lumps and harsh chemicals.

After vacuuming the salt on the bed, you need to clean the vacuum cleaner carefully and the garbage bag to avoid bacteria growth. You should also choose the right vacuum cleaner head and hose for the best cleaning effect.

Some alternative deodorants

If your home does not have baking powder available, you can substitute it with cornstarch to absorb moisture. However, cornstarch does not have as good deodorizing properties as baking soda, and you still need to use another method to get rid of the smell completely with rubber gloves.

Another method that can replace baking soda to remove odors is rubbing alcohol. The property of alcohol is volatile, so when you spray it on the smelly area, it mixes with the odor molecules to blow them away and spread them out.

If you use rubbing alcohol, you won’t need to use a vacuum cleaner; just let them evaporate entirely on their own. In addition, alcohol also can help clean bacteria and disinfect them.

Clean stains and disinfect

Although clean vomit from a mattress is only a transparent solution, it will also leave stains and yellow stains on the bed when exposed to the air.

These stains also contain many harmful bacteria, so you need to properly treat the color and disinfect it with a spray bottle.

Make cleaning solution

The method we use is easy to find and practice in any home. Even in the most unexpected situation, you still have a way to respond. So we will show you how to clean vomit from a mattress with just white vinegar and warm water.

White vinegar solution is quite acidic, removing and whitening yellow stains on mattresses. However, using only vinegar can cause excessive corrosion of the bed surface, causing the opposite effect. 

So, you need to use an equal amount of warm white water to dilute the vinegar solution. If you feel that the stain has been around for a long time, you can add a little laundry soap to the above explanation for a better cleaning effect.

Spray the solution on the area to be cleaned

It would help if you had a spray bottle to be precise to spray the solution onto the area. You need to pour evenly to make sure the solution mattress covers the yellow stain, but it should not be too wet because it can cause the paint to spread and penetrate deeper into the bed.

Then use a good absorbent towel to scrub and absorb the stain. You may need to repeat this process several times until the apparent color.

So, you should have a few paper towels to replace. In case the towel is used many times, it will become too wet and can cause the stain to spread to the surrounding area.


The last but crucial and time-consuming step is to let your bed dry completely before using it. If the bed is still wet, it is easy to cause mold and degrade your mattress.

In case your mattress is of several layers, such as cotton or fleece, and you do not let it dry completely, it is easy to cause the mattress to deflate during use.

Let the mattress dry completely.

Depending on the weather, you can let the mattress dry entirely naturally; this process can take 6-8 hours. You can also use a fan or dryer to dry the outdoors to shorten the time it takes to dry the mattress. 

If you use a dryer, keep it about 8-19 inches from the bed to be safe.

Use antibacterial alcohol

After the mattress is dry, you can use it right away, but you need to disinfect it one more time to ensure hygiene. 

You can use rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer sprayed on the mattress surface. If possible, you can also use a germicidal UV lamp.

Dry the mattress again

Although the rubbing alcohol evaporates quite quickly, to be careful, you should still leave it for another 6 hours for the mattress to dry again.

You also need to keep the bed in an enclosed space, out of reach of children, and be careful with pets or insects with paper towels.

For more details, check out this video below!

Some Useful Tips For You

Cleaning up the clean vomit and the mattress takes a lot of time and effort. Even if you try your best to clean it, the bed will not return to its original state.

Protect mattress

Protect mattress

Protect mattress

On the market today, there are many types of mattress protectors to prevent water from getting underneath. Some people like or eat in bed, so it is easy to choke food or spill water. These protectors will be waterproof. You need to wash the bed sheet and wipe the protective sheet without affecting the mattress.

The mattress protectors also have many different materials for you to choose from, such as cotton, polyester, vinyl. You can consider options based on the product’s price, softness, or waterproofness.

Be careful when there are signs of vomiting

signs of vomiting

 signs of vomiting

If you feel any signs of nausea or remaining vomit liquid, leave the mattress immediately. In addition, there are a few tips to help you reduce vomiting:

  • Drink lots of water – water and cold water can reduce nausea and upset stomach
  • Eat-in moderation, avoid eating greasy fried foods and sweets.
  • Divide your meals into small portions during the day
  • Distinguish between hot and cold foods
  • Need time to rest after eating
  • While eating, should focus, do not do other activities
  • Eat slowly and grind food into small pieces, avoid eating too large parts that cause difficulty indigestion
  • Be careful with strange foods because they can cause the body to react, such as nausea or bloating, if not suitable.


Vomit or general dirt is something that no one wants to show up in their bed. Hopefully, this article can help you solve the above problem. 

The methods in the report are all simple tools and can be in every home. If you find the article easy to understand, don’t forget to save it when you need it.

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