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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me? The Aftermath of Vomit

Just because mommy can handle the grotesque image of vomit doesn't mean she will deal well with the cleanup. The splat on the floor is easy enough to wipe up but the discolored clothes and soaked sheets are another matter entirely. Many a mom's first instinct is to throw it all in the wash. Let me save you a plumber's bill and months of stank by telling you to rinse as much of the mess off the surface as possible before tossing it in the bin with detergent. Take it outside and spray it with a hose or run it under the bathtub faucet. Ladies who think the stench is going to disappear into the wash tubes may be more than disappointed to discover the remnants of the baby's tummy may find their way into the underbelly of the washing machine for months to come.

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Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
Who wouldn't think to rinse them first?? I did it once! When my nephew threw up everywhere at 2 am I was in such a stupor that I got him in the tub and cleaned, got him warmed up, threw what I could in the washer without thinking, tried to get clean things on his bed so fast that I just didn't think things through first. I will never forget how horrible it was, he was so confused and 1/2 asleep. By the time I got back to the sheets in the wash I realized my mistake--it was disastrous trying to clean the front loading washing machine--disastrous. AHH! I will never make that mistake again. This was almost four years ago and it is still burned in my brain!
Akpril Akpril 8 years
I am so glad you said this! I never would have thought about old vomit festering in my washer. Thank you, thank you!
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 8 years
They also have Frebreze for the washer that works great. I just throw some of that in and we are good to go.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
The need to be held and comforted right before they hurl is the hardest part for me. You're juggling the squirming crying kid in your lap and trying to grab ANYTHING that could hold as much of it as possible before they throw up. My mom used to keep a trashcan on her side of the bed because we were always sick at night and almost never woke her up in time, we would come stumbling into her room and and throw up while we were climbing up her side of the bed.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
Throw in some baking soda and and vinegar in the fabric softener and bleach containers of your washer.
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 8 years
The worst is when it happens in the middle of the night and you are awaken by the lovely sound of your little one puking up supper. What I tend to do is take the blankets or sheets and try to flush the chunks down the toliet and then just throw them in the tub with water and some soap and let them soak until I am fully awake and have the sense to throw them in the wash.
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