How to clean up vomit

Commerical vomit powders:

  • SuperSorb. SuperSorb is an instant absorbent powder for
    super easy, sanitary disposal of blood, vomit, or other
    liquids. Just sprinkle granular adsorbent onto spills, sweep
    up. SuperSorb absorbs 60 times it own weight immediately.
    Quat and microbiocide eliminate odors. 12-oz. shaker can.
    For a carton, order 6.

  • Smelleze Vomit absorbent and deodorizer. Smelleze is an
    ecofriendly vomit powder. It’s a great product with a strange
    description: “Simply sprinkle on vomit & smell the
    difference.” Please don’t smell the difference. Just trust the
    5-star reviews, wear a face mask and be done with it!

Step four: Get the contagion into a biohazard bag.
After you've allowed the vomit powder to absorb the mess, you'll
need to transfer the solid material for disposal. Work with a
scoop and paper towel to transfer the vomit into a biohazard bag.

Again, if you don't have any vomit powder, baking soda or
cornstarch handy, the absorbent paper towels will take most of
the biohazard. Dispose of the materials in the biohazard bag.

Step five: Sweep.
Once you've transferred the granules of vomit with the powder
into a biohazard bag and disposed, you can sweep up any
remaining contagion with a broom brush and dust pan or use a
vaccuum for any remaining granules.

For biohazards, you will want to replace the vaccuum bag and
disinfect the suction area. In extreme pandemic, quarantine the
broom and or vacuum so you don't inadvertently spread contagion.

Step six: Cover the stained area.
Cover the stained area to disallow any foot traffic to spread the
contagion. You can simply lay the paper towels on the area,
inform the household of the quarantined area, and place
obstacles to help enforce.

Step six: Disinfect.
After the area has been allowed to dry sufficiently, you can

  • Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide. Clorox Healthcare
    Hydrogen Peroxide cleaner disinfectant, pictured right, is EPA-
    registered for use on hard and Soft surfaces. This
    professional strength disinfecting spray uses the power of
    Hydrogen peroxide to kill germs including: Norovirus,
    Rotavirus and TB. It contains no chlorine bleach and is made
    with plant-based biodegradable surfactants. Thankfully also
    it doesn't bleach clothing. There are no VOCs (volatile
    organic compounds) or harsh chemical fumes.

  • Enzyme cleaners. Let nature do the work of disinfecting and
    cleaning up. Enzymes can help devour the dead,
    decomposing and inert material.

If you have kids or pets, you know that vomit and bodily fluids
are a random possibility any day of the week. You may as well
prepare for it! Preppers caring for people with cancer also should
take care to create a spill clean up kit.

Cleaning up vomit from the carpet is the ultimate in unpleasant
tasks. You must act quickly as the vomit creeps its way into the
fibers and settles into the foam underpad. Prepping is about
having a plan for how to deal with biohazards. Now you have a

Finally, go beyond the ordinary cold and flu preparations. Know
how to set up a quarantine room and have the supplies in place
prepare for a pandemic.

Happy endings...
Vomit happens. Having a procedure in place should help you feel
in control of the situation.

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How to clean up vomit from the carpet (and other places).
It’s just an unpleasant fact of life, vomit happens ~ especially if
you have cancer, kids or pets in your household. You may have
been forced to learn how to clean up vomit and did it the wrong
way. Now you can learn the right way for next time...

How Preppers Clean Up Vomit
Vomit is a biohazard and how you treat vomit and other contagion
in a pandemic situation is extremely important if not vital to your

When the vomit hits the fan and all over the carpet, here's what
to do...

Step one: Get out your vomit kit.
Don't have a vomit kit? Get to assembling one now! A kit can
provide efficient, safe and sanitary removal of blood, feces, urine
and other potentially infectious substances, not just vomit.

Spill Clean Up kit, right, is around $19.69, and includes all
the necessary cleaning tools and personal protective equipment
to safely clean up potentially infectious bodily fluids such as
vomit, spit, blood, or urine.

What should a vomit and spill kit contain?
Create a vomit and bodily fluid spill clean up kit to prepare for a
pandemic or everyday emergency by assembling these items:

  • Antiviral masks. Nature provides a repulsive smell to vomit
    for a reason. It keeps you away! In the natural world you
    could just walk away and nature would take care of itself.
    The Curad anti-viral facemasks  will give you the protection
    you need, working hard to keep harmful germs away from
    you and your loved ones. It kills 99.99% of tested flu
    viruses* in 5 minutes of contact on the surface of the

    *For a complete listing of tested viruses, please refer to
    the product labeling).

  • Broom brush and dust pan. You  may be able to get a
    cheap plastic brush and dust pan at the dollar stores. It will
    be good to have one just for the purpose of cleaning up
    vomit and other spills so that you don't spread contagion
    around your home with your regular household cleaning

  • Disinfectant sprays and antiseptic wipes. Disinfectants are
    an important part of prepping. A disinfectant is a chemical
    liquid that destroys bacteria, viruses or fungi on surfaces. A
    disinfectant helps prevent the growth of disease-causing
    microorganisms. You will want disinfectant wipes for cleaning
    ancilliary areas and a spray  for spraying on your hardwood
    floors. An antiseptic, sometimes also called a germicide or
    bactericide also prevents the growth of disease-causing
    microorganisms, but applies to the skin. After taking off the
    gloves you'll want an antiseptic to help ensure that in taking
    off the gloves you don't infect your hands with the biohazard.

  • Emesis bags. You might be able to avoid the whole problem
    of how to clean up the vomit if you simply had a recepticle.
    Emesis bags are a solution for cancer patients undergoing
    chemotherapy or as a way to limit the contagion when you
    know a loved one is ill. These clever bags have a wide mouth
    and long receptacle for the contagion. Just tie the bag off at
    the ring to reduce contamination and smell. They are hard to
    find anywhere but online, but they are well worth getting
    into your prepping supplies.

  • Kitty litter scoop. A kitty litter scoop is an inexpensive item
    you can buy at the dollar stores to add to your home made
    biohazard cleanup kit. Use it to gently lift the unpleasant
    matter up off the carpet and into a paper towel and then a
    zipped plastic bag or biohazard receptacle.

  • NOTE: Some commericially manufactured spill kits
    include forceps to get at lodge particles and chunks. The
    Biohazard Fluid Clean Up Kit, right, is around $7.50 and
    includes a scoop and a disposable forcep; however, it's
    missing other components that preppers will want.

  • Goggles. Contagion from a sick person can splatter into your
    eyes and make you sick through tiny droplets as someone is
    vomiting if you are in close range or as you clean up. The
    droplets could be so minuscule that you wouldn't even be
    aware until it's too late. Use goggles anytime you suspect a
    pandemic. You can buy cheap disposable goggles at the
    dollar stores to help combat the problem. Goggles are
    extremely important in dealing with Ebola and are usually
    part of a full-face respirator.

  • Hazard bags. For ordinary cold and flu, your kit could include
    zip lock bags and garbage bags; however biohazard bags
    provide the ultimate in security. Biohazard bags meet
    Federal and State regulations for tear resistance.

  • Nitrile gloves. Wearing gloves is important for cleanup. After
    you are done you need to pull the gloves inside out to limite
    the contagion.

  • Paper towels. Paper towels for gently blotting and lifting.

  • Shower cap or bouffant head covering. Reserve this for
    severe contagion.

  • Shoe covers. pair disposable shoe covers,

  • Vomit absorbing powder.  You might already have vomit
    cleanup powder in your prepper's pantry and not even know it!
    Baking soda can clean up vomit! Another powder in the
    pantry that can help clean up vomit is cornstarch. While
    these home remedies for cleaning up vomit are fine for
    ordinary times, preppers know that in pandemic situation it's
    more critical and a good idea to rely on a commercial product
    which could have extra absorbing powers to contain the
    contagion. SuperSorb, pictured right, is an instant absorbent
    that transforms liquid spills into a manageable gel for easier

  • Disinfectant. Absorbing the vomit is one thing, but getting
    rid of the contagion is quite another. You'll need a
    disinfectant that kills bacteria and viruses, such as
    Norovirus, eColi, methicillin-resistant Staphyloccocus aureus
    (MRSA) also called the superbug, and more. OSHA
    recommends a disinfectant registered to kill HIV-1 and
    Tuberculosis for final cleanup. Th o

Step two: Get out your kit.
Getting vomit stains out of the carpet isn't going to be easy, but
when you need to do it, here's how:

Suit up depending on the mess. Tie your hair into a pony tail if
it's too long then get out the contents of your kit. Start by
putting on the facemask and then the gloves. If you are
particularly concerned about the biohazard put on the goggles,
shower cap and booties.  For blood borne pathogens you may
need a
chemical suit. Read more about Ebola.

Step three: Sprinkle the vomit with vomit powder.
Clean vomit off the carpet by allowing a vomit powder to do most
of the work. Sprinkling
baking soda or cornstarch will work to
absorb and help contain the mess of vomit, but there are
commercially available vomit powders that can work 60-times
better in absorbing the contagion.

Good Houskeeping suggests you “Let [the vomit powder] stand 10
to 15 minutes, and then vacuum.”

Alternatively, you can make a paste with baking soda and
hydrogen peroxide. It works great, too!

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