Vomit hack: “pave” the path to the bathroom with old shower curtains

Major joking around on Twitter the other day about vomit. (Those of you still wondering why you would ever use Twitter: now do you see what you're missing?)

After posting the snotkerchief and pee-in-a-bottle hacks, I tweeted:

Tweeting about snot and pee.

And then:

Tweeting about vomit.

What do you think flooded my Twitter stream?

Vomit hacks incoming!

It was a big social media pukefest!

I retweeted many hacks even though we've got plenty in our vomit-filled archives. (But no retweet for @ORAmyW…I just couldn't bring myself to inflict that upon you. I'm not above linking to it, though.)

This one, however, was so novel I had to share it here. From @ReenyVeffer:

Old shower curtains barf-proof the path to the bathroom

Drop cloths and Twister mats would work as well. In a pinch, use sheets.

Are Parenthackers brilliant or what?

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  1. Michelle says

    Wow, this is a great idea! My son was very sick last week, I wish I had thought of this, could have saved us some trouble.

  2. Brenda says

    As a kid, we almost never ran for the toilet. After the first time and we knew we were sick, my mom would get us an empty 5 quart ice cream pail so we could have it within reach instead of having to run. Super handy when you’re in bed or on the couch and far from the bathroom.

  3. Patti says

    Brenda, mine too! I don’t know how people function without it! My husband was appalled that I would vomit into a bucket/trash can/bowl, he just couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t go to the bathroom. When you are THAT sick, you can’t always move fast enough, nor do you have the energy to go back and forth, who wants to lie on the bathroom floor?

  4. Marie says

    Totally using a bucket too. Putting it on a towel/receiving blanket beside the bed. So if kiddo misses the bucket, I don’t need to mop the floor. And in case they would not even roll over on time, I live the upper half of the bed with receiving blankets. A lot of them. Overlapped like tissues. This way I can just peel whatever got “decorated” and get them back to sleep asap.

  5. Alli says

    in the vomit related theme, of the preventative nature: When my baby moved up to a toddler bed and a “big girl” pillow, I sewed an inner pillowcase, envelope style, for her pillow out of waterproof PUL. It goes inside the regular pillowcase and protects the absorbant pillow from not only vomit, but nighttime accidents and excessive drool. PUL doesn’t fray so it doesn’t need hemming or seam finishing, and can be washed like normal clothes (even bleached!) and costs about $10/yd at JoAnn Fabrics.

  6. says

    We have these great fold up outdoor use blankets that we picked up on clearance one year. They are a nylon fabric on one sit and a micro fleece on the other.

    Whenever a kid is puking sick, we wrap their be with these micro fleece side up.

    If they get to leave their room (when they are feeling better, but we’re not quite sure their 100% better, we lay out one of these on the floor and they are quarantined to it until they have let the contents of their stomach go for a couple of hours.

    The nice thing about the micro-fleece is that it repels the fluid and general grossness and also washes well in the washer. I’d much rather throw one of these into the washer than try to figure out how to get barf out of the carpet (another barf hack… invest in your own rug cleaner… you’ll use it through you’re kids childhoods) or mattress.

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