9 Ways How to Clean Dog Vomit From Carpet

Filed in Dog Products by on March 17, 2021

How to Clean Dog Vomit From Carpet

If you own a dog, you know that accidents can happen. One of these instances is when your dog vomits on your carpet.

It’s wise to have something available to clean up the vomit as soon as possible. By quickly cleaning up the mess, you will get rid of any lingering odors and avoid long-term staining.

There are specific products you can buy, plus other DIY ways using common household items to clean up the vomit.

In this blog post, I discuss the 9 best ways how to clean dog vomit from a carpet.

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1. Baking Soda, Dish Soap, and Vinegar Homemade Cleaner

This cleaning method uses three items you probably have in your kitchen: baking soda, dish soap, and vinegar. They’re safe to use on carpets and around humans and pets.

What you will need:

Baking Soda, Vinegar Homemade Cleaner

  • Trash bag
  • Baking soda or cornstarch
  • Dish soap
  • White vinegar
  • Microfiber cleaning cloth (white)
  • A couple of white towels

How to:

  1. Always wear gloves when you’re cleaning up vomit.
  2. Using a spoon, scrape up the vomit into a trash bag. Throw out the trash bag right away so your dog won’t get into it.
  3. Sprinkle some cornstarch or baking soda on the area. Allow it to soak up wetness for 10 minutes.
  4. Vacuum up the baking soda.

Disinfect the area:

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of dish soap with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar with 2 cups of warm water. Using the white microfiber cloth, gently rub the mixture into the stain. Let stand a few minutes.
  2. Using another clean cloth, dip the cloth into cold water and sponge the area until the vinegar and dish soap are totally gone. If the area isn’t dry enough, get a clean towel to blot the carpet until it’s dry.

2. Baking Soda Homemade Cleaner

Baking soda is a natural carpet cleaner to clean dog vomit from a carpet. Using baking soda to clean your dog’s vomit off your carpets is safe for humans and pets.

You’ll need:

  • Gloves
  • Baking soda
  • Paper towels

How to:

  1. Always wear gloves to clean up dog vomit.
  2. Scrap up as much vomit as possible into a trash bag. Be sure to throw away the bag so your curious pooch won’t get into it.
  3. Sprinkle baking soda over the remaining liquid. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Once the area is completely dry, remove the baking soda by vacuuming the area.

3. Stain and Odor Remover Sprays

Homemade cleaners are great, but sometimes you need something stronger to do the job. Stain removers are one of my top recommendations on how to clean dog vomit from carpet.

They’re tough on stains and other messes like dog throw-up. Many of these sprays are organic, so you don’t need to worry about using these products around your family or pets.

Because these products use natural enzymes instead of bleach to kill bacteria, they are safe to use on carpets, floors or upholstery. The scientifically formulated enzymes clean stains and destroy odors.

While each product is different, normally you want to scrape up any chunks of vomit, then apply the enzyme cleaner.

The enzyme cleaner activates as soon as it comes into contact with the vomit. Allow it to remain for the recommended time, then wipe the area with a clean cloth.

Nature’s Miracle Dog Stain & Odor Remover Spray is an organic cleaner that kills bacteria naturally without bleach. It has a light citrus smell which leaves your carpets clean and smelling sweet.

Customers say it’s an amazing cleaner that works on stains, spots and removes all odors. If you’re in the market for a simple, but effective way to clean up dog vomit, this could be your favorite go-to product to keep on hand.

Another popular enzyme cleaner sold on Amazon is BUBBAS Super Strength Commercial Enzyme Cleaner. This cleaner uses millions of enzymes to remove stains deep into your carpet fibers, so there is no lingering odor.

Other enzyme-based cleaners use fewer enzymes so they don’t clean as well or as deeply in the carpet. Customers say this stain remover works instantly and smells great.

4. White Vinegar and Water

This is another tried and true natural cleaner made up of half white vinegar and half water in a spray bottle. The vinegar kills the odor and cleans the stain.

Spraybottle with Vinegar and Water Cleaner

How to use:

  1. Always wear gloves when cleaning up dog vomit.
  2. Scrap up the messy vomit into a trash bag. Be sure to throw out the bag to keep your curious pooch away.
  3. Put the vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the vinegar and water mixture all over the area, but don’t saturate the carpet.
  4. Let sit for less than a minute. Then blot the stain with a clean white towel.
  5. Repeat the process if the stain is still there.
  6. Once it’s dry, you can vacuum the area.

5. Ammonia Homemade

Your grandma might have used this homemade cleaner in her home. Ammonia is a natural cleaner, and it’s also powerful.

Wear a mask and ventilate the room while you’re using ammonia and never mix it with bleach. This creates a toxic vapor that could damage your lungs, nose, and eyes.

How to use:

  1. Always use gloves to clean up dog vomit.
  2. Scrap up the messy vomit and throw it into a trash bag. Throw away the trash bag right away.
  3. Mix 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of ammonia. Blot the area with a white towel dipped into the mixture so it covers the area. Don’t saturate the area.
  4. Blot the area with a clean towel dipped in cold water. Repeat the process if needed.

Be sure to buy cleaning ammonia as opposed to 100% ammonia. Cleaning ammonia is only 5% to 10% ammonium hydroxide mixed with water. It’s slightly caustic, so be careful not to get it on your skin.

6. Portable Carpet Cleaners

Portable Carpet Cleaners

A handheld portable carpet cleaner is worth considering having on hand to clean your carpets of dog messes. These cleaners are convenient to use anywhere you have carpeting, including your car.

You can use any type of cleaning solution you want in a carpet cleaner. There is usually a tank for you to add water and the cleaning solution.

The Bissell Pet Stain Eraser is one highly popular portable carpet cleaner. One of its unique features is that it doesn’t require water to clean.

You just spray a cleaning solution on the messy area and use the built-in brush to scrub and then suction up the mess into the dirty water tank.

The device is also chargeable and takes 4 hours to recharge. It’s cleaning time is anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes.

Customers rave about this product, saying they’d buy this product again. One dog owner said after their dog got sick, it cleaned up all of the stains.

7. Pet Rug Steamer

Another way how to clean dog vomit from carpet is to buy a pet carpet steam cleaner. They can deep clean your carpet better than most other options.

It can remove stains and odors, making your carpet look brand new. One powerful carpet cleaner that is especially designed for pets is the Hoover PowerDash Pet Compact Carpet Cleaner Machine.

It’s designed to tackle even the worst pet mess and stains. It’s lightweight enough to carry for easy cleaning in any room of your house. It’s not large and clunky like some carpet steam cleaners so you can store it even in a small closet.

The Hoover Power Dash Pet Carpet Cleaner has a unique heating feature that dries your carpet after cleaning. Customers say it’s their “go-to” for cleaning their carpets of pet stains-everything from vomit to tracked in mud.

Besides being 2x more powerful than most carpet steam cleaners, it’s affordable. It sounds like something every pet parent should have in their home.

8. Organic Compounds

One of the easiest ways to get rid of dog vomit is by using an organic compound. These cleaning compounds contain organic matter that will dry it out when sprinkled over the mess.

Once it’s dried, you just vacuum the area. Because these products are organic and free of chemicals, they are safe to use around humans and pets.

SPILLFIX is a chemical-free,100% organic matter compound that’s conveniently sold on Amazon. Pet parents love how well this product works cleaning vomit off the carpet.

Some customers suggest you scrape up extra large chunks of vomit first, before applying SPILLFIX.

9. Absorbent Granules

Another simple, but effective way to clean up dog vomit is absorbent granules.

You simply sprinkle them onto the vomit mess and allow them to dry for a few minutes. The granules turn the vomit into a powder which you vacuum away.

The absorbent granules are color-safe, so you don’t need to worry about carpet discoloration. Absorbent granules are completely safe to use around your kids or pets.

Smelleze Natural Vomit Absorbent & Smell Eliminator is a popular absorbent granule pet cleaner. It’s non-toxic and chemical-free.

Customers love this product because it cleans and neutralizes the mess. They say they’ve tried other products, but Smelleze was by far the best one they tried.


Well, I hope these 9 suggestions were helpful on how to clean dog vomit from carpet.

Whether you want to try a homemade solution or buy a ready-made product, one of these solutions should help.

Your carpet will be looking clean and smelling fresh in no time. You should also find out the cause of your dog’s vomiting to get them feeling better.

By the way, I also wrote an article on how to get dog smell out of a couch, plus how to get dog hair out of a car.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments below.

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