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Cleaning Gasoline Smell From Clothing

Pumping gas or refilling a gas powered mower or tool are all opportunities for an accidental spill onto your clothes. This is a guide about cleaning gasoline smell from clothing.
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March 24, 2011 Flag

My mother-in-law drives a bus. She got fuel today and there was an air bubble in the hose and fuel got all over her shoes and sweatpants. How can we get rid of the smell?

By Paula from Emlenton, PA

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March 28, 20110 found this helpful
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Put the clothes in the washer with 2 cups of white vinegar and 1 cup of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). Add detergent and wash as usual.

Hang outside to dry.

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March 28, 20110 found this helpful
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My husband drives a gas tanker, so I deal with this regularly. What I do is along with my regular detergent I add 20 Mule Team Borax, gets it out every time and in only one wash!

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March 24, 2003 Flag

How do you get the smell of gasoline out of a load of towels in the washer?

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March 26, 20030 found this helpful
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First, I would try a cup or so of baking soda (such as Arm & Hammer). Baking soda neutralizes odors. Use it just like you would powdered detergent. Add nothing else to your machine and run it through the full wash cycle. Then, run the towels through a wash cycle using the detergent you regularly use. If that doesn't work, I would then try a cup of vinegar. Again, add nothing else to your machine and run it through the full wash cycle. I would think one of these two would get rid of the odor. Hope this helps - GOOD LUCK!

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March 28, 20030 found this helpful

I've heard that because gasoline is an oil based product that oil will take it out. Baby oil was recommended. Try putting a little baby oil in with the load, it should wash out and take the gasoline with it.

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March 30, 20030 found this helpful

My sister's mother in law used pinesol in the wash for her husband's clothes. It takes out oil, tar and anything else he gets covered with doing road construction.

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March 31, 20030 found this helpful

Rubbing a little Dawn dishwashing liquid into the spots works well. Also you could try using some mechanics hand cleaner.

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March 2, 20050 found this helpful

Fabulous site. Thank you SO much. We had a gasoline mishap where gasoline from the pump spilled on shoes but when we washed them everything in the wash smelled gasoline. The vingar worked like a charm...it's better smelling like a salad then gasoline!!! If you want to get the vinegar smell out just wash in regular detergent.

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August 3, 20060 found this helpful

Try 2 cups of Vinegar in with a quality detergent, not

the bargain stuff. This should do it.

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March 19, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks. My husband spilled old gas from equipment on his shirt and coat. I thought they were ruined. Vinegar did the trick. Thanks

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February 6, 20090 found this helpful

Coca cola is a good item to use to get gasoline smell out of clothes as well as oil stains.

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November 8, 2004 Flag

My husband was using his chain saw to cut wood and got gasoline all over his nylon sweat pants. I have tried soaking them in biz, washed them 3 times and they still smell like gasoline.

Got any solutions?

Thanks,

Linda from IL

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November 9, 20040 found this helpful
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I would think that washing them using Lestoil would work. It's supposed to clean greasy, grimy, smelly work clothes, so I would think that would do the trick.

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November 8, 20040 found this helpful

Wash them with mustard.

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March 24, 2011 Flag

How do you get gasoline off clothes?

Teresa from Cincinnati, OH

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Gas Smell on Clothing

It was my husband's work clothes, but I always kept the clothes outside and let the rain and sun clean out most of the smell and then washed as usual. Hang outside to dry. (02/25/2009)


By kghsave

Gas Smell on Clothing

I've had trouble getting the gas smell out too, until I found this stuff at my local Publix, but apparently it's not available nationally yet. It actually got the smell out completely. I was shocked!
www.fishhandsoap.com (05/06/2009)

By MissMary

Gas Smell on Clothing

I washed a full load of laundry twice using 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castile soap in my front-loading machine. I then line-dried the load, which is gasoline-odor free. (05/11/2009)

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February 25, 2009 Flag

How do you get gasoline off clothes?

Teresa from Cincinnati, OH

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Gas Smell on Clothing

I had this happen once and I added Febreze to the laundry! (01/07/2007)

By justathought

Gas Smell on Clothing

I used vinegar. It not only gets the smell out but whitens up your whites and makes your colored clothes even brighter. Use about a cup per washload.
Hope this helps. (01/08/2007)

By Star

Gas Smell on Clothing

Putting clothes with gas on them in the washing machine only makes things worse - including the washing machine. Instead hang them outside for a couple days while the gas evaporates, then wash them. I didn't need to use vinegar or anything after hanging clothes outside.
(10/21/2007)

Gas Smell on Clothing

Perfect solution. Dawn Direct Foam, apple vinegar, and two cans beer.

  • set water level to medium
  • add six squirts of Dawn
  • add 2 cups apple cider vinegar (smells nicer than other vinegar)
  • run normal cycle
  • drink the two beers

Then you are back to playing with engines! (02/08/2008)

By nab

Gas Smell on Clothing

I tried everything listed on here for getting gasoline out of my jeans. None of it worked until I took a friend's advice and used cotton balls dipped in pure vanilla extract. I let the cotton swabs sit on the clothing for about an hour and the smell was finally gone. (03/01/2008)

By Jamie

Gasoline smell in washer

I heard that if you have the gasoline smell in your washer after washing clothes with gas on them, use baby oil in the machine with some old rags and wash. The smell is gone, I also ran the washer empty with detergent once before I washed in it again. (04/19/2008)

By Gramma Sam

Gas Smell on Clothing

I had this problem, too. I washed the clothes several times with vinegar or baking soda or both, to no avail. I searched the internet and found a lady who soaked the clothes in Coke Classic and baking soda. I soaked my clothes in the sink with 2 20 oz bottles of Coke Classic, a whole box of baking soda, and cold water for almost 48 hours. Then I washed all of the clothes one last time. And it worked! I was very skeptical at first but that Coke did the trick. Make sure it doesn't smell like gas when you put it in the dryer! (05/18/2008)

Gas Smell on Clothing

I got gasoline on my denim skirt while filling up my car. Washed it several times in washer, and the smell would not come out. Found this website and tried some of the suggestions found here. Soaked my denim skirt in a mixture of Coke and vinegar overnight and then washed in washer. The smell did not come out. Then I tried the M30 hand cleaner from Dollar General, as someone suggested. I put three huge tablespoons full in with my detergent and washed as usual. It took the smell right out. The M30 cost only a dollar plus tax. Hopefully I won't get gasoline on my clothes again, but if I do I know exactly what to use. (05/26/2008)

By Motorcycle Mama

Gas Smell on Clothing

Got an involuntary gasoline shower at the gas station when the nozzle slipped out of my hands and the lever locked it into the on position. Tried the water, Coke, and baking soda soak over night and my clothes smell great! No smell at all! Cleaned my leather shoes with Simple Green concentrate and a cloth and they smell fine too. Yeah! I highly recommend it. (12/18/2008)

By Jennygirl

Gas Smell on Clothing

If none of these work for you, call your local Home Extension Agency (part of your county government). They are there to answer just this sort of question.

I had a similar problem years ago and my home extension agent told me to wash with a big name detergent such as Surf or Tide, (and now they also have the Febreze additives to remove smell) with a cup of white vinegar. First, do a soak cycle, then wash and rinse, then wash a second time and then line dry. The line drying is an important step, as the air drying helps to dissipate the fumes! Good luck! And remember, if all else fails, call you home extension agency. (02/18/2009)

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