How Preppers Clean Up Vomit

How to clean up vomit
Prepper's guide to cleaning vomit

How to clean up vomit from the carpet (and other places).
Vomit happens. Are you prepared when vomit happens?

It’s just an unpleasant fact of life, but vomit happens especially if
you have cancer, kids or pets in your household, but vomit is a
biohazard. Safeguard your family from spreading the contagion
and learn how to clean up vomit properly so no one else gets sick.

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...

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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
survival. Norovirus may spread through droplets of vomit that
transfer to a person's mouth after making contact with the
surfaces where the vomit reached and wasn't properly cleaned.
Norovirus is a very contagious virus that causes vomiting and
diarrhea. Unfortunately, the norovirus is a relatively stable
contagion and survives easily on surfaces (even in freezing
conditions). Norovirus is spread through these droplets of vomit
through food or water contaminated with fecal matter and as a
prepper you should learn how to contain this contagion!

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

Step one: Get out your vomit kit.
The University of Minnesota offers a step-by-step method for the
clean up of vomit to avoid norovirus: "Put on personal protective
equipment," the University says. This includes "
disposable gloves,
mask and plastic apron ~ to reduce your exposure to the virus."

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.
The
Spill Clean Up kit, right, is around $14.95 on Prime, 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?
Vomit clean up kits generally for all kinds of bodily fluids to
include urine and blood. Basic vomit kits are good to own and will
provide the basis for a vomit clean up kit, but they generally are
good for only one incident.  That's not going to cut it if you have
a household of ill people. Still, a vomit kit provides the basics
and these
body fluid cleanup kits are very handy.

Generally, a vomit kit will have the basics including:
  1. Nitrile gloves
  2. A plastic biohazard scoop
  3. Biohazard bag
  4. Vomit cleanup powder
  5. Disposable cleanup towels
  6. Germicidal wipes
  7. Personal protective equipment*

    *The kits tend to be light on the personal protective
    equipment. For example, they rarely include an apron or
    goggles, sometimes they include an anti-viral mask.
    Generally they always include gloves.

Assemble your own Vomit kit!
Preppers go beyond to ensure they have the best kit for
pandemics. Create your own 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
    facemask.

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

  • Plastic apron. A plastic apron is what the university of
    Minnesota recommends you wear for cleaning up vomit. The
    apron right is designed with a tear-away cutout that allows
    for disposable aprons for sanitary and hygienic purposes.
    Comes in a pack of 50 plastic aprons and useful for so many
    other messy tasks like art projects.

  • 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
    duties.

  • 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 receptacle.
    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. Emesis bags are hard to find,
    even at supply centers near hospitals! Order them online.
    You'll be glad you did.

  • Biohazaard Scoop or 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. It doesn't hurt to wear a pair disposable shoe
    covers! This will help minimize spread of the contagion.

  • 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 (or baking powder for that
    matter)! 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 cleanup.

  • 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.

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

See what's inside your kit:

  • Spill Magic Biohzard Cleanup Kit, pictured right, includes
    vomit powder that's odorless, lightweight, non-toxic, non
    flammable, non-carcinogenic and harmless to humans,
    animals and the environment. Best of all this kit is OSHA
    compliant. The kit includes an apron, gloves, a face mask,
    broom and dustpan, chemical surface wipe, antimicrobial
    towelette and a biohazard bag with I.D. tag.

  • 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.
With vomit powder, you layer the absorbent powder onto the
vomit and allow a short period for absorption. Then sweep or
scrape spillage onto a dustpan, or piece of cardboard into a
bio0hazard bag for easy disposal.

Cleaning vomit from your hardwood floors or tile will be much
easier than from carpeting:

  • Hardwood floors. The first order of business is to remove
    the vomit, but secondarily you'll need the action of enzymes
    to make sure the hardwoods.

  • Tile. After you've addressed the vomit removal with a vomit
    powder, you can get to the task of sanitizing the tile.
    Steramine tablets are ideal for helping you sanitize counters
    and tile. One tablet of Steramine makes a gallon of
    sanitizing solution and one bottle makes up to 150 gallons.
    You mix it fresh so it's more powerful, and it costs just
    pennies to make.

  • Carpets. 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!

Here's how to clean up cat vomit using the paste:
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While the above video doesn't use proper OSHA procedures to clean up vomit,
it does provide a valuable tip about Bio-Zyme.

The above video uses Bio-Zyme and enzyme cleaner by Detail king,
pictured right. This cleaner is a synergistic blend of bacterial
enzymes that breakdown organic stains, grease, and oils. It
removes odor removal from carpet and upholstery, caused by urine,
feces, blood, wine, coffee or vomit, for example, and eliminates
odors naturally. This highly concentrated formula  contains 150 to
200 billion organisms per gallon. It's non-pathogenic and properly
pH Balanced.

    Directions for use of Bio-Zyme: Use 16 ounces of Bio-Zyme
    per gallon of water. Spray or soak surface you want to clean,
    then allow 10-30 minutes dwell time before cleaning. In
    extreme cases, use undiluted and cover treated area with
    toweling to allow for slower evaporation. Allow to dry and
    clean as usual. Use between 45-105 degrees and a pH balance
    between 6 and 9.

Happy endings...
Vomit happens. It just does and you must have a plan for dealing
wit it. Having assembled a kit and having the procedures in place
should not only help you feel in control of the situation, but could
help prevent others in your household from getting sick.

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Commercial vomit powders:
Vomit powders take most of the dirty work out of cleaning up
vomit. These super absorbent powders provide a quick solution
for emergency clean up. The absorbents aim to stabilize the mess
and wick away the nasties. Some vomit powders are fortified with
enzymes to help with cleanup and odor.


Below are some popular brands:

  • 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!

  • Voban Enzyme Vomit powder. Voban is an aromatic
    absorbent ~ it's an enzyme vomit powder that's formulated
    to attack and digest the source of the odors, and it leaves a
    surprising pleasant scent. For pet vomit problems it's good
    to know the smell also helps discourage similar accidents
    from taking place.

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.

If you don't have any vomit powder,
baking soda, baking powder,
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
vacuum or brush so you don't inadvertently spread contagion.
Depending on the contagion, you may need

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 vomit dries).
The final procedure for cleaning up vomit is to disinfect. After the
area has been allowed to dry sufficiently, you can disinfect.

  • 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
plan!

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

How to clean up vomit in vehicles:
Vomit happens everywhere. Here's how to clean up vomit in the
upholstery of your vehicles:
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Spill Magic BioHazard Cleanup Kit
How to control diarrheal symptoms
Electrolytes in the prepper's pantry
Vo Ban Aromatic Absorbent Vomit Powder
Shop towels