Vomit: How to clean up after hangovers and unruly stomachs

It doesn't matter whether it's chunks of mango or chunks of chicken breasts on your bathroom tile floor. It doesn't matter if it's french fries or fresh salsa with cilantro.

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Vomit is still vomit. It's disgusting. However, there is hope when it comes to cleaning up puke. Here's how to clean up the vomit on your bathroom tile floor:


  • Baking soda
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Household cleaner of your try e.g. white vinegar, bleach
  • Paper towels

1. Sprinkle baking soda on the mess

Grab your trusty box of baking soda and sprinkle the baking soda on the affected area on your bathroom tile. It's ok to be on the generous side. It'll help provide odor control. Allow the baking soda to sit for 1-2 minutes.

2. Sweep up the goods

At this point, a decent percentage of the moisture should be gone from the vomit. Pull out your broom and dustpan and get to work. You should be able to sweep up the mess quickly. After sweeping up the mess, don't forget to empty the dustpan* in the trash can.

3. Spray the affected area with your preferred cleaner

Like the baking soda in step one, be generous and spray your preferred cleaner. It can be anything that has germ-killing properties like white vinegar or a store-bought cleaner. Let the liquid cleaner do its thing for 3-5 minutes then follow it up by wiping the affected areas dry with paper towels.

These three steps should do the trick. If you have your tried-and-proven vomit clean up crew methods, leave them in the comments below!

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*If your dustpan still has leftover puke in it after emptying it as best you can in the trash can, wash your dustpan with hot water and soap. Don't forget to dry it!

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