Does anyone know how to get the smell of puke out of hair, clothes, etc.?

Jessica - posted on 04/28/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have tried several times to wash the clothes, blankets, etc and even Chase has gotten a bath several times, no luck! I can still smell it!

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Tracy - posted on 04/28/2010

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Try baking soda in the laundry with your regular detergent. This usually freshens laundry and can neutralize the acid from vomit. If that fails, then there may be some bacteria growing in the fibers that can withstand warmer water. If it's a white blanket or sheet, you can use Clorox in the laundry, but if you have colored sheets/blankets, try using some 3% hydrogen peroxide (the kind in the pharmacy in a brown bottle.) Add this to your laundry. You can also apply some right to a smelly or stained area if needed and wash with more in the laundry load. Hope these help!

Tracy - posted on 04/28/2010

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My hairstylist says to make a paste using baking soda and water and work that through the hair. Then rinse well and follow with regular shampoo and conditioner. You will need to condition after using the baking soda as it is drying to the hair.

Rebecca - posted on 04/28/2010

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Check the fold in the neck. My son's neck was a breading ground for spit up and if we missed it at night it was horrible smelling the next day.

Stevie - posted on 04/28/2010

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huh i wonder why it hasnt come out normally one wash maybe two at the most will do it what kind of stuff are you useing you might use some stain reliever on the clothes and idk how old your son is but you can get some tear free older kids shampoo and conditioners and i would think that would work also or wash the hair with shampoo leave to set rince out and wash it again rince and then condition if you use condition for him

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You need something acidic to kill the smell. That's why people use tomato juice or white vinegar to bathe animals that have been sprayed by a skunk. But, I would be concerned about it irritating the skin. Baking soda is a neutralizer and would probably work too and it's more gentle. You can add that directly to the bath water. It's very softening on the skin and most boxes tell you how much to add. Follow up with some baby shampoo.

Jessica - posted on 04/28/2010

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Thanks to everyone for your help! I actually bought Tide with Fabreeze SPORT. It is for tough stains and odors for workout clothes. That combined with some fabric softener (which I never use) did the trick. I think it was because I was using an all natural, no dyes or perfumes detergent. My mom mentioned Lemon juice for the smell in his hair. I think I also like the idea of the baking soda. I can try that in his hair right?

Brooke - posted on 04/28/2010

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chase how cute thats my partners name if he is a chucky baby (throws up a fair bit) he will have that smell till he grows out of it my son wasnt but i no with friends of mine that have really chucky babies it just took time as far as clothes and stuff maybe soak them in nappy sand or something and hang them out in the fresh air

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