Vomit stains can be a tricky problem, especially when it comes to keeping your washable fabrics looking clean and fresh. But don't let those unsightly marks ruin your favorite clothes or linens! With our easy-to-follow guide, you'll learn how to remove vomit stains from washable fabrics quickly and effectively. Whether you're dealing with a stubborn stain on your shirt or a spot on your sheets, our step-by-step instructions will show you how to get rid of the problem for good. Keep reading to learn more.
Various (depending on content)
These stains appear as discoloration of the fabric that can come in various colors depending on the type of vomit. They can be slightly wet or dry to the touch and may have a strong odor of stomach contents.
Hot (120° to 140°F)
RATIONALE FOR WATER TEMP
Hot water helps to break down the vomit and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Vomit Stains
Vomit stains clothes because it contains stomach acid, which is a strong acid that can break down the fibers of the fabric. The acid also causes the color dyes in the fabric to bleed, resulting in discoloration. Additionally, the undigested food particles in vomit can leave behind stains and odors that are difficult to remove.
What You'll Need To Get Rid Of Vomit Stains
Step By Step Process To Remove Vomit Stains
Blot up as much of the vomit as possible with a clean, dry cloth.
Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of dish soap, and 2 cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the stain and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes.
Mix 1/2 cup of borax and 2 cups of warm water in a separate spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the stain and allow it to sit for an additional 5-10 minutes.
Blot the stain with a clean, dry cloth to remove as much of the solution as possible.
If the stain is still visible, mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 3 parts warm water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the stain and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes.
Wash the garment in the washing machine with warm water and laundry detergent, according to the care label instructions.
Note: It is important to test the solution on an inconspicuous area of the garment first, to make sure it won't cause discoloration or damage to the fabric.
Vomit stains clothes due to stomach acid and undigested food particles. To remove the stain, first blot it with a clean, dry cloth. Then, using a mixture of white vinegar, dish soap and warm water, borax and warm water, and hydrogen peroxide, and warm water, spray the solution on the stain and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Finally, wash the garment in warm water with laundry detergent. Remember to test the solution on an inconspicuous area first.
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About The Writer
Marcene Livn has worked in the cleaning industry for more than a decade. Her specialty is stain removal. From everyday spills to tough, set-in stains, Marcene's methods and knowledge are unmatched.