My son has an uncanny knack for throwing up anywhere but somewhere that is easy to clean up. One day we were on our way home from Country Cupboard. We were about 5 minutes from our house and I heard it. I knew, without checking my little baby finder mirror, what had just happened. He just ralphed chocolate milk all over my new car’s leather interior and carpeting. (Please join in the collective gasp and groan of everyone reading this who has ever experienced such a thing) Now I am faced with trying to clean up a toddler, his car seat and cleaning the interior of my car. (WHY did I not date a nurse or doctor or some guy down at the local car detailing shop??)
I got B out of the car and cleaned up and decided to take on the car seat because I was running out of daylight. I wasn’t about to take it into my house, so with the sun setting I was standing at our well’s pump with a cell phone to my ear, tapping the knowledge of one of my more experienced mommy friends. Between her hysterical laughter and gasping for breath she informed me she wasn’t sure what to do. *sigh*
I finally took it apart and dumped boiling water over the car seat ( I don’t advise this). I got to the car and was praising Jesus that he had not succeeded at throwing up on my seats, but my floor, on the other hand was not so lucky. Another friend of mine suggested scrubbing, blotting and applying a liberal amount of baking soda to the spot over night and then vacuuming it up. So that’s what I did.
After the chaos died down and I was able to get B into bed, I decided to research how to remove the smell and such, just in case the previous attempt had not worked. I found all kinds of hints and none of them really seemed logical to me, but some of them had logical parts so I took bits and pieces of this suggestion and that hint and came up with my own idea. My son, being ever so helpful and willing to offer me new opportunities, crawled into my bed that night around 3am and proceeded to barf all over my freshly changed sheets, new pillows and mattress. (YAY!!!!! )
Time to put my concoction to the test.
Here’s what I did.
Obviously, you have to clean up the mess first… a rag, hot water to dampen the rag. Once you have the mess cleared scrub the spot with the following mixture.
In a bucket (yes, ironic, I know) combine,
Hot Water (about 1/2 of the bucket full)
White Vinegar ( a nice hefty amount…3-4 cups)
Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap (1/2 cup or so)
It will look milky and smell kinda gross, but you are just gonna have to trust me on this one. Scrub the spot thoroughly and then, if you are neurotic like me, scrub it again, just to be safe.
Now, sprinkle a nice thick layer of baking soda on the spot and let the baking soda absorb the remaining moisture. I let my bed sit until mid afternoon just to make sure. (If you have it you can add a mixture of baking soda and a little carpet fresh to the area. The carpet fresh is nice, but not necessary) Once it is dry, vacuum up the baking soda and pat yourself on the back for conquering the mess!
I am sure this sounds slightly odd, but trust me…it is the greatest solution I have found. Try it…I promise you will not be disappointed!