Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to get the vomit smell out of car seat straps? I have ripped the car seat apart, and washed all of the padding, then hosed down the rest of the seat in my bath tub but the smell still lingers on the actual straps of the car seat. I have tried laundry detergent and oxyclean but I haven't had any success.

Any ideas before I have to put my stinky car seat back in my car?

asked 12 Feb '10, 17:38

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Shannon B
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Baking soda and vinegar are next on my list to try, but I just read that they won't work either...

(12 Feb '10, 17:52) Shannon B

I think that to really get rid of the smell you might try soaking the straps if possible, and for areas that you can't submerge in water, I would air it in the garden or somewhere with good natural ventilation for 12-24 hours!

(12 Feb '10, 19:53) Emi

+1 Good question by the way!

(12 Feb '10, 19:54) Emi

@Emi I've always heard that you aren't suppose to submerge the harness as it degrades the fibers. However, I believe many manufacturers allow you to buy replacement straps.

(12 Feb '10, 22:36) Kiesa ♦

@Kiesa ah thanks for pointing that out! I had washed the straps of our feeding chair but not those of a carseat!

(13 Feb '10, 16:48) Emi

A mixture of 1 tbsp sodium bicarbonate (known variously as bicarbonate of soda or baking soda) to 1 pint (568 ml) water works well at removing smells and stains.

Scrub it gently into the straps with a soft brush (a toothbrush works well) then leave to dry and brush away any residue. Don't scrub too hard as you don't want to damage the straps.


answered 14 Feb '10, 21:06

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edited 14 Feb '10, 22:07

Ok, I had to add that one to the translation dictionary (, so "bicarbonate of soda" = "baking soda".

(14 Feb '10, 21:14) Scott ♦♦

yes, updated with the variants

(14 Feb '10, 22:07) Rich Seller

This worked! I scrubbed the straps with baking soda and my old toothbrush and the smell is gone! Thank you!

(15 Feb '10, 01:04) Shannon B

Try a pet stain/odor remover like Get The Odor Out or Nature's Miracle.


answered 12 Feb '10, 18:14

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edited 13 Feb '10, 20:11

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+1 that's a good idea!

(12 Feb '10, 20:48) Emi

Yay, Nature's Miracle! Works great for dogs and kids.

(13 Feb '10, 01:31) lgritz

I've never heard of Nature's Miracle before... will have to try it out. We always used ProSolve.

(13 Feb '10, 20:12) Scott ♦♦

My father, a dry cleaner, always used diluted white vinegar to get the dog pee or vomit smell out of the carpets. Those were the days before Nature's Miracle, which is what I now usually try first.


answered 13 Feb '10, 01:33

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edited 13 Feb '10, 20:12

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I noticed your found a solution, but when this happened to me I took the car seat straps off completely and put them in the washing mashine on delicate. I think the key is soaking them for longer periods of time with regular detergent. There was one part of the strap I couln't get off and so I turned the car seat over and soaked the strap in a bucket overnight. It worked well for me. Maybe something to try that's easier than scrubbing just in case there is a next time...but hopefully not! :)


answered 15 Feb '10, 19:10

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This was my first thought, to physically soak the straps, but my straps cannot be removed from my carseat as they wind in to tighten. It would be so much easier if I could have removed them!!

(15 Feb '10, 21:36) Shannon B

Just curious...what kind of car seat do you have?

(15 Feb '10, 23:19) Sabrina
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