No one likes to talk about it, but vomit happens. It is especially common in children and people who work in professions where they will come into contact with viruses from other people. If you’ve ever had to deal with vomit stains in clothes or other fabrics, you know that it can be a real problem to get out. The stains will set in quickly and they can smell pretty foul if you don’t get it all out.
Here is what you need to know about how to remove vomit stains from clothes:
• Remove the bulk of the stain first ( a spoon works great to scoop it up)
• Flip the clothing over and use cold water to rinse it through from the back
• Use a mixture of ¼ ammonia and 1 cup water to gently sponge the back of the clothing on the stain area
• Now rinse away the ammonia mixture- the stain should be running through more clear
• Create a sudsy soak with laundry detergent in a bowl or in the sink
• Dip the stained clothing in it for about 30 minutes up to an hour, depending on the stain
• Rinse the clothing thoroughly and check for anymore visual appearance of the stain
• When the stain is gone, put the clothing through the wash like normal
• Don’t dry in the clothes dryer until the stain is completely gone or it may just “cook” it in
Be sure that you always wash the clothing according to the directions by the manufacturer. Read the label and be sure to follow it correctly if you want to keep your clothing in proper condition. As is always the rule with stains, the quicker you can get it treated, the greater the chances of it coming out.
Over the Counter Stain Removers
There are also many packaged stain removers that you can buy over the counter which claim to help with vomit stains. If choosing this route to remove the vomit stains from clothes, you want to pick one that is designed to work with organic stains like urine, vomit and feces.
This is because these stain removers have special enzymes in them that are designed to break up organic stains such as vomit. You will need to use the over the counter stain remover according to the directions on the packing but the earlier you try to get the stain out, the better.
Dry Clean Only Fabrics
If your vomit stain happens on dry clean only fabric, your best bet is to remove the initial clumps of stain as much as possible and get it to a dry cleaner as soon as you can. If you try anything else yourself at home, it can affect the dry cleaner’s ability to clean the stain for you and it might also damage the material.
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