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Monday, February 25, 2008

The Vomit Bucket

The whole family is down with some stomach flu which I thought was food poisioning initially. I've been wiping vomits 2-3 times daily for each of my babies (including the big one). A yucky and tiring task.

When the kids were younger, I didn't know how to handle vomit. Sometimes in the middle of the night when they looked like they were going to throw up, I would carry them to the bathroom as quickly as I can. This is definitely the wrong thing to do because not only does it leave vomit on the place of origin (usually the bed), there will also be vomit on my clothing (usually the shoulders and back) and a trail of vomit all the way to the bathroom. Ewek!

After a while I got smart and decided not to carry them to the bathroom. I just let them throw up all over the bed and I cleaned up afterwards. At least this way there is no vomit trail. Usually, I tell them to try to throw up on the floor at least if there is no time to get to the bathroom. Cleaning up the floor is much easier than the bedsheets.

I hate cleaning vomit. Previously I used to try to rinse the vomit off their soiled clothing or the pillow cases, bed sheets and blankets. But that was before I thought of the SCOOP METHOD. With the SCOOP METHOD, I try my best not to touch the vomit. I would fetch a toilet roll and a plastic bag. Then I use the toilet roll to scoop up the vomit into the bag. I do this whether the vomit has landed on the floor or the pillows and the bed. Sometimes I finish up the entire toilet roll in the process. If the vomit is on the floor, I would spray something (anything) to get rid of the smell and use a wet cloth to wipe the floor after I've finished my scooping task. If its the sheets and pillow cases then I'd put them aside, quickly change new ones and throw the soiled ones in the washer the next day. Before I thought of the SCOOP METHOD, I remember crazy nights when I would go to the bathroom and use the shower to try to wash or rinse away the vomit from the sheets and pyjamas then leave them on the floor before throwing them in the washer again the next day. This left dripping water all over the floor because I couldn't wring them as dry as the "DRY" function on the washing machine. Not anymore. Now I just scoop and wash the next day.

And now, after days of wiping vomit I finally got the EUREKA moment. EUREKA! I came up with the Vomit Bucket. Now why didn't I think of this much earlier? I took a pail and showed it to the kids and informed them that if they could not make it to the bathroom they were to rush to the pail or the pail would rush to them so they could throw up into the pail. They both giggled and wanted to try it out immediately (*rolls eyes*). Nevertheless, they both DID get to try it out over the next few days.

The vomit bucket is perfect. It has saved me from lots and lots of clean up work. Whenever, I here a cough or a cry in the middle of the night and I see their faces turning green, I would rush to them with the pail and EWEK! Then I'm off to throw the contents into the toilet bowl, flush, rinse with sweet smelling soapy water and we go back to sleep. Hahaha. Now why didn't I think of this much, much, much earlier?

So, how do you clean vomit? (If you get the maid to clean, please don't share. I'm jealous. Lol!) However, I would like to hear your experiences of hiring a maid.


  1. No need special bucket. I use the potty. :)

  2. aiyoo....today we had to clean my sick girl's puke!!! I used unwanted cloth to clean a few times and throw the cloth away :P

  3. kat,
    I'm lazy. Never used a potty. Kids went straight to the "big" toilet. Hehehe.

    I hate doing that because it means I must touch when I rinse the cloth even if its an old unwanted cloth. Hehe.

  4. Aiyoo..you only thought of that now? I use bucket too but sometimes couldn't manage to grab the bucket on time...and I still have to clean up the mess on the bed.

    At least your kids understand the usage of the bucket. :-D

  5. I use potty. But if we can't grab the potty in time, i get them to to it on the floor. Yes, cleaning the floor is much easier.

  6. Hey thxs for sharing! I never wake my maid up if the boys vomit at night & will clean it myself as my maid wakes up at 5am in the mornings as she needs her rest. What do u want to know abt hiring a maid? My current maid has been with me for the past 5 yrs & my 1st maid for the past 4 yrs. The new maids we r getting r now all rejected ones as the good ones r send abroad.

  7. Ayyyy I don't deal with puke well even when it's my own lol I will definitely invest in a puke bucket when that time comeds!

  8. As your in a sharing mood... I've solved the splatter-from-on-high problem with bunkbeds. Ikea do these great buckets with clippy-on bits which were bought for the changing table years ago, but now can hang off the side in readiness for hurling at altitude. As a bonus they also tuck into the bedstead lower down so the bucket can't be spilled.

  9. khongfamily,
    Yah loh. I wish I had thought of it earlier. Could have saved me some sleepless nights and lots of grumpiness. Hahaha.

    I never used a potty in my bedroom so the thought never occurred to me ler.

    a&a's mom,
    Can I trouble you to hop over to my other blog to read and give your comment? I would like to know what I have to think of in hiring and managing a maid. Its my first time. Any suggestions would be most useful especially from you who have long serving maids.

    No need to invest. I just grabbed the dirty laundry bucket. Hehe.

    Walaueh, I didn't know there were such things.

  10. YES, i always keep a small bucket/pail in my room, as my old house bedroom is carpeted, once my boys vomit, not only the bed and pillow case and blankets sometime on the carpet itself. So smelly and so hard to remove it. After i have suffer so long (midnight wake up to change bed sheet,pillow case, blanket, and clean my boys up) i saw my SIL use a pail to catch the vomit, i get the idea! Now i keep the pail near to their bed, once they cough or sometime they will tell me, mummy "ewek ewek" i can immediately reach the pail and caught the "vomit"! Yeah, it's really save a lot of hard work! hahahahahaha

    Anyway, hope your kids and your big kid are feeling better now.

  11. I had a vomit bucket on the bed long time ago.. ;p Cos my girl tends to vomit after coughing and I hate cleaning the bed, thus I had a vomit buckeet On the bed.. It really saves me lots of troubles.. ;p


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