How to Clean Dog Vomiting from a Car (Ideas & Tips)

Let’s be honest: the last thing we want our dogs to do is throw up in the car. Not only the mess you have to clean up, but also the unpleasant odor in the confined space. You’ll have to get over the smell right away, or you’ll have to walk around with the windows open for a while!

Of course, dogs can get sick of the car. Therefore, it is not uncommon for them to vomit in your car, and sometimes, vomit can leave unsightly stains that can also reduce the value of your car, especially if it is in good condition otherwise.

With that said, there are two ways you can clean up this mess: quickly while on the run and at home. If you decide to clean it quickly while you’re still on the move, then you’ll need to do a more thorough job later.

We will look at both methods below.


How to Clean Dog Vomit From Your Car When Out and About

Material: Paper towels, spray bottles, water, plastic bags, disinfectant wipes

Of course, you may not have all the materials you need in your car. If you’re only a few minutes from home, your best bet is to run home and do the next option below. However, if you’re on vacation or won’t be home for a few hours, head to a convenience store and get what you need. Leave it in your car for future troubles.

wipe the car seat

1. Remove As Much Solid Matter As Possible

First, you’ll take whatever solid vomit you can and put it in a plastic bag. Try not to smear it, as this will only smear it onto your chair. Use a clean cloth at all times to help you pick up as much as possible. Continue this process, using as many towels as you need, until most of the stain remains.

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2. Add water

Next, you will add water, using either a spray bottle or a water bottle. Don’t be afraid to soak the area. Then, use a clean paper towel to dry the area, remove the water and vomit. Place the paper towels in a plastic bag while you’re using them so you can easily throw them all away later.

If your car is leather, do not use water as this will damage it. Instead, you need a special leather cleaner. Instead, you should buy a bottle of this stuff and leave it in your car for an emergency like this.

If the spot is hard to reach, you can dampen a paper towel and use it to blot the stain. It doesn’t work very well, but it’s probably your best bet for areas like between sofa cushions.

3. Clean with Disinfectant

Even if you throw up the most, germs and bacteria can still grow—which can make your car smell bad. We recommend using disinfectant wipes if available to clean vinyl and plastic. If your dog is sick, this is even more important.

As always, only use safe leather products if your car has a leather interior.

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How to Clean Dog Vomit From Your Car Once You’re Home

Material: Bowl, dish soap, baking soda, hard-bristled brush, large plastic bag, cloth, paper towel, spray bottle, vacuum, water, vinegar

Now that you are home, you can do a very deep cleaning of the stain. If you haven’t done the steps above, you will need to take a few additional steps. However, if you’ve done your best to clean on the go and now, you’re doing extra cleaning at home, the process will be a bit simpler.

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1. Remove Solids

If you clean your car on the go, you’ve already done this step. If not, you should use paper towels to remove as much dirt as possible. Do not rub, because it can make the stain bigger. You can also try drying the area to remove as much fluid as possible.

The more you remove the stain, the easier the process will be.

2. Add water

Next, you want to add water. The water will help absorb whatever is left, which will make it easier to expel. You can add water directly with a cup or use a spray bottle. Don’t be afraid to saturate it.

Next, wipe the area with a paper towel to remove as much water as possible. Vomiting and stains should also appear. However, if it’s still stained or still smells, don’t worry. We have a few other tricks to try.

spraying car seats with water

3. Add Baking Soda

Once you’ve removed as much water as possible, add a thin layer of baking soda. You don’t need to pile it up (since only the baking soda touching the stain will help in the cleaning process), but you should cover the area. Let the baking soda sit for a few hours or so. This should absorb any residual water and remove a lot of odors as well.

Next, wipe off the baking soda.

If you have a leather interior, skip this step. Baking soda can damage the skin.

4. Use Vinegar

If the stain or odor is still there, you can combat it effectively with vinegar. (However, your car will smell a bit of vinegar. It should go eventuallybut plan to drive with the windows slightly open.)

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Just fill half a bottle of water with dish soap, then add the vinegar. White vinegar is best, but we also used apple cider vinegar (which smells a little better, to be honest).

Apply vinegar liberally to the stain and leave it on for about ten minutes. Next, blot the stain with a paper towel to remove as much of the vinegar as possible.

man cleaning car seat

5. Rinse

Since we have used soap, you will also need to rinse the stain to remove the soap. Apart from that, it will also help you get rid of more vinegar and vomit, which will hopefully leave you with a nice, clean car. You can use a spray bottle or cup for this step.

Just add water and drain. Dry as dry as possible and then allow to dry. After you have completed this step, your car should be very clean. Vinegar is a popular cleaning solution, so it works really well.

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While cleaning vomit from your car may seem impossible, it’s actually quite easy to do with just a few simple items you have around the house. By harnessing the cleaning power of baking soda and vinegar, you can effectively remove vomit stains and odors this way.

Plus, the steps above are pretty easy and don’t require any fancy tools. Therefore, you probably won’t be wasting your money using the cleaning methods above—and still getting a slightly cleaner car.

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