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How to get rid of the smell of sick please

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nutcracker · 27/12/2006 12:46

Dd1 threw up all over her bed, up the wall, down the side of her bed and in and all over her toy boxes.

Have cleared it all up obviously stripped bed, disinfected carpet and mattress and window is wide open but I can smell it all over the house, which isn't helping my already queasy tummy.

Have tried fenreeze stuff too but nothing is working.

Have no bicarb and can't get out to get any.

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mumfor1standfinaltime · 27/12/2006 12:48

I had this same problem last week. I used shake n vac on the carpet, it seems to have worked. (Most of the mess went on the leather sofa so at least I could wash that clean!)

nutcracker · 27/12/2006 12:52

Oooh good idea, will see if my mum can get me some.

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mumfor1standfinaltime · 27/12/2006 12:56

Was the only thing I coulf think of for carpet, it was very strong when I put it down, but smell seems to have gone!

nutcracker · 27/12/2006 13:01

Can i put it on the matress too ?? Am going to turn it over after it is dry anyway.

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StinkyPete · 27/12/2006 13:03

I tend to use diluted dettol on everything. It smells vaguely of hospitals, but that's better than sick.

mumfor1standfinaltime · 27/12/2006 13:05

Not sure about that...just checked the container and it says not suitable for carpet tiles or very thick loop pile carpets. Doesn't say mattresses! lol.

If your lo has asthma I wouldn't put it on the mattress, as it contains perfumes.
(it is made by Glade)

nutcracker · 27/12/2006 13:21

Hmm no dettol either, mum might have some though.

Have used zoflora so far and i'm not sure which smells worse tbh.

She isn't asthmatic but i will try and avoid having to put it on her matress if i can.

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mumfor1standfinaltime · 27/12/2006 13:27

How about talc? Is that similar to shake n vac, in the way that it is perfumey?! Remembering a time my little sister put talc all over the bedroom floor when I was a kid, and guess who got the blame - for leaving it out? Who would be a middle child heh?

Grasping at straws now! Sitting here typing with a shake n vac tub next to computer..

Heathcliffscathy · 27/12/2006 13:32

vinegar and water. big bowl. lots of vinegar and then water.

leave to stand in the areas that smell (as long as poss, pref overnight). will get rid of the smell totally.

works amazingly well this one.

mumfor1standfinaltime · 27/12/2006 13:55

Now that sounds like a good idea.

nutcracker · 27/12/2006 13:56

Oh wow not heard of that one before but will try anything.

Am off to do that now.

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nutcracker · 27/12/2006 13:57

Can it be any sort of vinegar though ??

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Heathcliffscathy · 27/12/2006 13:58

lots og vinegar, and remember bowls/tupperware pots etc wherever they are needed. under the bed is a good place for the bed.

i de-smelled our flat and our car this way.

it is a superb tip and an mner that i can't remember the name of gave it to me.

Heathcliffscathy · 27/12/2006 13:59

yes it can be. ideally distilled, but i've used poncy white wine and cider vinegar before. it really doesn't matter.

nutcracker · 27/12/2006 14:02

Argh, only got a dribble of vinegar left

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Heathcliffscathy · 27/12/2006 14:02

corner shop?


nutcracker · 27/12/2006 14:03

Ah ha tis ok, just found big bottle of distilled malt vinegar at the back of the cupboard.


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nutcracker · 27/12/2006 14:04

hot or cold water ??

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Heathcliffscathy · 27/12/2006 14:06


big sloosh of vinegar and then some water. i was v generous with the vinegar, but don't run out before you've got all the bowls you need.

i would shut the doors of the places you want to de-smell too.

nutty this really does work, give it a bit of time (i've always left it overnight)

nutcracker · 27/12/2006 14:07

Ok am off to do it now, will put dd1 in with me again tonight so that it can have all night to work.

Thanks loads

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nutcracker · 27/12/2006 15:49

I do believe it is working already. Just popped upstairs to put some washing away and the smell didn't hit me in the face like before.

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Pinkchampagne · 27/12/2006 15:52

Oh poor you! My boys had this horrible bug right before Christmas & it's just the pits isn't it?
Hope your DD's are better soon.

Heathcliffscathy · 28/12/2006 18:28

whappened then nutty?

did it work.

keep going if there is still smell with fresh water and vinegar.

hope you have a smell free home!

NappiesGalooooooooooooria · 30/12/2006 15:46

lol - was just about to post my bicarb trick on this thread, but i see sopahbles got here first with the vinegar one

doesnt it all smell of vinegar after?? like a chippy?

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