When you, your child, another passenger, or a pet gets sick and vomits inside of your vehicle, you need to be prepared with the right products to quickly clean it up and prevent permanent damage to carpeting and upholstery.
The strong acids in vomit can become ingrained if left to fester, and the unpleasant odors that accompany it may linger long if you do not neutralize them or cover them over with an effective deodorizer.
The first step in cleaning vomit from your car is to remove the moisture with a strongly absorbent clean-up product. A paper towel or wash cloth will often rub the vomit into the seats/carpeting and will be a very messy and inefficient method. Paper towels can, however, help in picking up the major solid pieces after the water has been soaked up by the vomit remover. You should also consider mixing water and baking soda to scrub leather and upholstery after the vomit has been removed, and it is important to then rinse with water and dry thoroughly. Finally, open all the doors and windows to air out the vehicle (weather permitting).
Below, we review three of the best-selling vomit clean-up products sold on Amazon. All three cost between $10 and $15 per unit and are capable of both absorbing vomit water and deodorizing vomit smells. However, they also differ in certain respects, such as natural/artificial, powder/granular, strong/weak masking scent, and the buyer should carefully consider his preferences.
Best Liquid Spill Absorbent
Though called “powder,” Super-Sorb has more the consistency of sawdust, but this does not at all diminish its effectiveness—in fact, it absorbs 60 times its own weight nearly instantaneously. The Super-Sorb Absorbent Powder, 12 oz. shaker can not only works on vomit but also on blood and other undesirable liquids.
It contains “micro-biocides” that kill bacteria and eliminate foul odors, and it further masks odors with a lemony scent. Super-Sorb is fast and easy to use: simply sprinkle a half-inch coating over the affected area, wait a few minutes, then use a broom and dustpan to remove the clumps.
Reviewers say they normally get about three uses per can, though the number can vary greatly based on the size of the mess. Users tell us that it also lives up to manufacturer’s claims on odor elimination. It works best on upholstery, short pile carpeting, and solid surfaces, while long pile carpet may need a deeper clean.
Best Budget Vomit Absorbent
Ooops, like Super-Sorb, both dries up vomit and deodorizes the smell. The Ooops Vomit and Smelly Liquid Absorbent and Deodorizer, 12 oz. bag works fast, in a matter of minutes, and can be easily swept or scraped off of car seats and other surfaces. Ooops is formulated to protect upholstery and carpets from staining, and it is safe to use with pets and kids since it exceeds OSHA health and safety regulations.
Most people say they can clean up either four small messes or two big messes with one bag of Ooops. The masking scent has a pleasant fragrance to it, but it is fairly strong, which may deter some who are very sensitive to smells. On the other hand, you certainly won’t smell the vomit. There were mixed reviews on using Ooops for urine messes, but all agreed it works superbly on vomit.
Top Rated Vomit & Smell Absorbent
This product – Smelleze Natural Vomit and Smell Absorbent, 2 lbs. container is like the above two except with a focus on odor elimination. Its other distinguishing mark its 100% natural ingredients list. It contains no chemicals, no toxic ingredients, and is fully “eco-friendly.” It is odorless as well, yet its granules eliminate both vomit and other odors, improving the quality of your indoor air. Smelleze works well on seats, carpets, rubber floors, in garbage cans, and even in your dustpan. You only need to sprinkle enough on top to coat the vomit, but in extreme cases, you may need to do this several times. It also helps to sprinkle a final dusting on after the mess has already been removed.
Users agree that Smelleze is very fast-acting and extremely effective at neutralizing odors. Those who have allergies, are concerned about the environment, or simply prefer all-natural products strongly prefer Smelleze to its competition. Within days, even the faint discoloration that can come with a heavy use disappears. Some say this product is adequate for pet urine, but all agree that Smelleze Natural Urine Smell Remover, which is made specifically for that purpose, outperforms it in that regard.
Super-Sorb, Ooops, and Smelleze are three of the most effective and most popular vomit removal products sold and reviewed on Amazon. All three are affordably priced and work well for in-car vomit accidents, but each has peculiarities that will appeal to particular types of consumers.