How to remove dog vomit stains

If you have a dog, you will likely have to deal with vomit at some point. Dog vomit on carpet or upholstery is a disgusting issue to deal with; however, it is important to remove dog vomit at first sight for best results. You likely have everything you need right in your home to treat dog vomit stains.

Remove as much of the vomit as possible prior to treating the stain. Scoop the vomit from the carpet or upholstery using a plastic spoon and paper towels. Use caution so the vomit is not spread further or rubbed into the surface.

Fill an empty spray bottle with club soda. If you do not have club soda on hand, use cold water.

Spray the area generously with the water or club soda. Blot the vomit stain with an old rag. Switch to clean portions of the rag frequently to avoid reapplying the vomit.

Pour 2 cups warm water into a bowl. Add 1 tbsp of salt and stir until the salt has dissolved. Stir in ½ cup of distilled white vinegar, 2 tbsp of rubbing alcohol and 1 tbsp bleach-free dish soap.

Dip a sponge into the cleaning solution and blot it onto the vomit stain. Apply moderate pressure when blotting so that the cleaning solution reaches deep into the fibres of the carpet or upholstery. Blot the stain several times to ensure that the area is saturated with the cleaning solution.

Blot the affected area of the carpet or upholstery with a clean rag. Continue blotting, switching to clean portions of the rag frequently, until no more vomit transfers onto the rag.

Fill a cup with warm water. Flood the stained area with the water.

Blot the area again with old rags to remove the water. Remove as much of the water as possible and let the carpet or upholstery air dry the rest of the way.

Sprinkle the stained area with baking soda once it is completely dry. Allow the baking soda to sit for several hours or overnight. Vacuum the baking soda from the carpet or upholstery.


Always test the product you are using on a small, inconspicuous area prior to applying it to a more noticeable area. If your dog vomits on a hard surface, scoop it up with a spoon and paper towels. Clean the area with an all-purpose cleaner or a cleaner safe for that particular surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic spoon
  • Paper towels
  • Empty spray bottle
  • Club soda
  • Rags
  • Bowl
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • Spoon
  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp rubbing alcohol
  • 1 tbsp bleach-free dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Cup
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum cleaner
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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.