How to Get Vomit Smell out of Hair

If someone has thrown up in your hair or if you have thrown up on your own hair yourself, you may have realized that the stench is hard to get out. Here's advice from experience.


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    Wash very thoroughly with shampoo. Scrub hard and leave the shampoo in for a few minutes, then rinse and repeat if the smell is still there. This may be all you have to do.
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    Mix some baking soda in with your shampoo if #1 by itself is not effective. Just pour your normal amount of shampoo into your palm and pour some baking soda in and rub your hands together. The amount of baking soda is not exact, maybe around half the portion of shampoo used. Wash your hair with this mixture, leave it in for a few minutes, and rinse.
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    Make a paste of water and baking soda to put in your hair. Pour a liberal amount of baking soda in a bowl and add water very slowly while mixing the substance until the texture is like a thick paste. Apply this to your hair and put a shower cap over it, then leave it in for at least a few minutes or even overnight. Depending on the extremity of your case, leaving it in longer might be a good idea, but just a few minutes can work too.
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    Rinse the paste out after the desired amount of time, then wash one last time with the shampoo and baking soda mixture from step #2.
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    If you normally use conditioner, go ahead and use it after the process. It might even make your hair smell better. Hopefully your hair no longer reeks of vomit!


  • If the above procedures do not prove effective for you, you can also try using tomato juice/puree or vinegar. Just put either substance in your hair, leave in for a while, and rinse.
  • Wash your hair as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the harder it is to get the vomit out as it gets very crusty.
  • Since the smell of vomit could simply be stuck in your nose, or because your hair may smell in the back where you cannot smell it yourself, ask someone else to smell your hair for you.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Shower
  • Baking soda

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Categories: Hair Remedies