How to Clean Dog Vomit from Carpet

When a dog vomits anywhere other than a carpet, it is a breeze to clean. But unfortunately, they always seem to choose the worst places to have these accidents, don’t they? 

Cleaning dog vomit from a carpet is one of the more difficult places to have to clean. But luckily, it is easier than figuring out how to get dog smell out of a couch and carpet, and definitely can be done. 

As long as you have the right products, learning how to clean dog vomit from carpet is easier than you think.

There are both commercial, and natural ways that you can do it, and we will be going through all of these different ways today.

What this article covers:

Best Way To Clean Dog Vomit From A Carpet 

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Step 1: Gather Your Equipment

To start the process, you will need to make sure that you have all of the equipment you need to clean up the vomit. This equipment is similar to what you would need to remove dog diarrhea from a carpet.

This equipment includes a large spoon, plastic cleaning gloves, a trash bag, an old towel, baking powder, a hose pipe with hot water, and some of our carpet cleaning products, namely Rug Smack Cleaner

You will also need an extraction cleaner or a wet dry vacuum cleaner. 

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Step 2: Remove As Much Vomit From The Carpet As Possible

The next step is to move as much vomit from the carpet as possible. Start by putting on your plastic cleaning gloves. You will need the spoon and the trash bag for this step. 

Scrape up as much vomit as you can off the carpet with the spoon and put it into the trash bag. Make sure to dispose of the trash bag properly after this.

Step 3: Soak Up Excess Moisture

This is only applicable for fresh vomit, if the vomit has already dried, then skip this step and go straight to step 4.

Sprinkle baking soda over the area where the vomit was. This will help to soak up moisture and vomit. 

Let the baking soda sit for about 10 - 15 minutes, and then vacuum it up with your wet-dry vacuum cleaner.  

Step 4: Apply The Rug Smack Carpet Cleaner

Apply our Rug Smack Cleaner to the affected area. You will first have to mix the Rug Smack with water as indicated in the directions on the back of the bottle and then apply it to the carpet.

The Rug Smack Cleaner does not necessarily help with stain removal, but it helps to clean your carpet beautifully. Rug Smack is safe on all carpets and leaves them looking brighter and smelling better. 

The Rug Smack will also help to lift any bits of vomit that got stuck in the carpet fibers. 

Step 5: Rinse The Carpet

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To rinse the carpet you can either use an extraction cleaner or a hose pipe, followed by a wet-dry vacuum. 

An extraction cleaner is quite straightforward, as you just use the hot water setting and go over the soiled area.

If you use a hose, turn up the pressure quite high and spray the hot water over the affected area to agitate the spot. After this, go over it with a wet-dry vacuum. 

While the above helps to clean the dog vomit, it does not necessarily get rid of the stain and all of the odor. We will get into how to do that below. 

How To Remove Dog Vomit Stains From A Carpet

Step 1: Choose The Stain Remover You Would Like To Use

Start by choosing the stain remover you want to use. We have a wide variety available, but we would recommend that you choose a product that also focuses on odor removal, as well as a carpet prespray

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Examples of stain and odor-removing products that we would recommend are Pure O2 Sweet Breeze Odor Stain Remover, USOR Unchained with Ecocide, or Pure O2 Cherry Bomb Odor Stain Remover.

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Even though you can also use the above when you are trying to figure out how to remove a dog urine stain from your carpet, how to clean dog poop out of a rug, or how to clean dog smell out of a carpet, they work equally as well for dog vomit stains and odors. 

Choose any prespray or carpet rinse of your choice. 

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Step 2: Apply The Stain Remover

Apply the stain remover that you have chosen to the stain, make sure to dilute it with water first. The recommended quantities will be shown on the back of the bottle. 

Let it soak into the carpet completely. 

Step 3: Apply Your Carpet Prespray 

Apply your carpet prespray to the stained area. Again, make sure to dilute it with water, as instructed on the back of the bottle, before you apply it to the carpet. 

Allow the prespray to sit for about 10 minutes.

Step 4: Agitate The Carpet

Agitate the carpet with a rubber brush to get the stain out fully. Agitating the carpet will loosen any vomit that is stuck in the carpet fibers. This will make sure that you remove all the remnants of vomit and will lead to better carpet cleaning. 

Step 5: Rinse The Carpet

Use one of our rinses, along with a warm water hose pipe to rinse the carpet. 

Step 6: Dry The Carpet

Use a wet-dry vacuum cleaner to get the moisture out of the carpet. This may not dry the carpet fully, so allow it to air dry further before you put it back inside. 

The stain and odor should be completely gone from your carpet, and it should smell even better than it did before it was soiled with vomit. 

How To Clean Dog Vomit From A Carpet Naturally 

To clean dog vomit from a carpet naturally, you would follow the same steps that we mentioned in the first section. But instead of using a store-bought carpet cleaner, you will use natural ingredients instead. 

So, we won’t go through the steps again, but we will give you ideas of what natural ingredients you can substitute the carpet cleaner with. 

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Vinegar is a great natural stain and odor remover and works wonderfully for removing old pee smells from a carpet, too.

Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Make sure to mix well, and then spray it over the stain so that the stain is fully covered and damp, but not wet. Allow it to air dry afterward.

While vinegar is a natural deodorizer, it does carry a scent of its own. So while it may take away the smell of the vomit, the smell of vinegar may linger for a while. 

Detergent And Vinegar 

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If the stain is extremely stuck, you can take it one step further and make a vinegar and detergent mixture that is stronger than vinegar alone.

Make sure that the detergent you are going to use does not contain bleach. Bleach can react with vinegar in a bad way, and cause damage. 

Mix 2 cups of warm water with 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid (or laundry detergent), half a cup of vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol.

Use a sponge or a spray bottle to apply it to the soiled area until it is damp. Allow this to sit on the carpet for 10 minutes, and then blot up excess moisture. 

Rinse the carpet before letting it dry. 

Club Soda 

This is a trick that not many people know about. But, club soda is great for cleaning vomit from a carpet.

Since club soda is just water with carbon dioxide and salts dissolved into it, it is very gentle on your carpet and very unlikely to cause any damage. 

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The carbon dioxide makes club soda slightly acidic, which is perfect for removing stains. 

To use club soda to remove vomit from your carpet, simply pour it onto the stain with an area that is one and a half times bigger than the stain. 

Let it sit on the stain for about 30 seconds to a minute, and then use a towel to blot the area dry. 

Since club soda is quite sticky, you want to make sure that you rinse it off properly afterward. 


While figuring out how to clean dog vomit off of a carpet might not be as easy as figuring out how to get dog fur out of a car carpet, it isn’t all that difficult to do. 

As long as you have the correct cleaning materials, and you follow the instructions properly, you will be able to clean the smell and stain from dog vomit out of your carpet fairly easily.

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