Pet sick on the carpet? This buy WORKS, plus it's cheap (and you've already got it)

Cat or dog thrown up on your carpet? Oops. Sort it out easily (and cheaply) with this top trick

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Not well, eaten too fast, or consumed the wrong thing? There are plenty of reasons why a pet might vomit inside your home, and it’s the way of the world that it’ll be on your carpet rather than the hard flooring it would be simpler to clean up.

It’s not one of life’s most pleasant tasks, but cleaning cat or dog sick off the carpet can be hassle-free. Find out how below – and don't miss more tips on how to clean a carpet in our guide. 

How to clean pet sick from a carpet

Good news! You've got much of the cleaning kit in your cupboard already (and if not, a dash to the shops will kit you out – it's not complicated). 

1. Scrape up as much of the vomit as you can. A bit gross, but using a plastic kitchen spatula and piling it into a pile of toilet roll will work – and you can flush it down the loo (and put the spatula in the dishwasher).  

2. The golden rule? Don’t rub at what’s there as you’ll push it into the carpet. 

3. Then sprinkle baking soda on to any stain that’s left, leave for 10 minutes and vacuum. 

4. Next, mix a good squirt of washing-up liquid, a tablespoon of white vinegar and around half a litre of warm water, and use the solution to blot and lift the stain with a clean cloth. 

5. Apply cold water on a second white cloth to rinse, and leave to dry.

6. Repeat steps three to five if necessary. 

Sarah Warwick
Freelance Editor

Sarah is a freelance journalist and editor writing for websites, national newspapers, and magazines. She’s spent most of her journalistic career specialising in homes – long enough to see fridges become smart, decorating fashions embrace both minimalism and maximalism, and interiors that blur the indoor/outdoor link become a must-have. She loves testing the latest home appliances, revealing the trends in furnishings and fittings for every room, and investigating the benefits, costs and practicalities of home improvement. It's no big surprise that she likes to put what she writes about into practice, and is a serial house revamper. For, Sarah reviews coffee machines and vacuum cleaners, taking them through their paces at home to give us an honest, real life review and comparison of every model.