If you have ever spilled fuel on your clothing, you know that the odor is sometimes difficult to remove. This is a guide about removing diesel and gas fuel odors from clothing.
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How do you remove diesel fuel smell from clothes and trunk of car?
As the wife of a trucker, I used to have this problem.
One way I use to remove that distinctive diesel odor is to lay a baby wipe in his drawer. Baby wipes tend to absorb diesel odors better than any other product I've found.
Another use for the baby wipes is to get 5th wheel grease off his hands and clothes. We discovered this not long after he started driving. Baby wipes are the ONLY thing that will remove that stubborn 5th wheel grease.
My elderly mother washed her clothes with a container that had fuel oil in it instead of laundry detergent. How do I get fuel oil smell out of her clothes?
By vmccook from Tunkhannock, PA
GO to the local auto parts store and pick up a bottle of 'pink stuff' (real name) this pulls the smells of kero, gas etc from clothes, car rugs etc. Ria
I need to clean some clothes that have some diesel fuel on them. Thanks.
By Bill from Flat River Desloge
I used to use pinesol in the wash to remove diesel.
My husband has worked on aircraft fuel tanks for years. He comes home reeking of the JP-8 jet fuel that he gets exposed to. I'm extremely allergic to any kind of scented products so I had to find a way to remove the smell from his clothes without using more chemicals. Get ready, it's the simplest thing and it always works.
I put everything he wears including underwear and socks that reek of jet fuel in the sun! Sometimes it can take from a few days to a week, but it always works. The sun's rays just bake the smell out. Make sure you get all areas exposed to the sun and turn inside out as well.
I Soaked jeans that diesel had spilled on in a bucket with Downy fabric softer for 2 hrs, and then washed normally and the smell was gone.
Is pumice in the fast orange that bad to put in the washing machine to remove diesel fuel from clothing?
By Stacey s
I would recommend Dawn dishwash liquid and hot, hot water. Pumice works like sand paper and the diesel has worked into the fiber of the material. It may take several cycles to remove the diesel and the Dawn itself, so don't use too much Dawn.
If you can, stop the wash cycle after the clothes are saturated and let the items soak for 10-15 minutes to allow the water and Dawn to permeate the fabric. Vinegar in the rinse cycle will help get soap out.
WARNING: Dawn suds like crazy and you will have a mess if you use too much. Add a little at a time until there is a very thin covering of suds on the top of the water. Good luck.
Does anyone know how to remove the smell of diesel fuel from hands and clothing?
Michelle from PA
By Ellen (guest) (Guest Post)01/31/2009
Try soaking the clothes in a tub of warm water or washer after agitating a few minutes with 1 cup of Tide or degreaser like Dawn dish soap for 2 hours (this breaks down oils in fuel). Drain this water off, then rinse, and then refill tub or washer with warm clean water and a 2 liter bottle of Coke and a whole box of baking soda agitate it around to mix it up with the clothes. Let this soak for 12-24 hours. Wash like normal. There is not even a faint fuel smell left. This could get expensive if you do this each load for some one who works and gets full of fuel/gas all the time though.
By Veronica (Guest Post)12/20/2007
My husband works in the oil field and always reeks of diesel. Getting sick of running to the laundry mat everyday, finally I just threw some baking soda and vinegar in with laundry soap, in the washer, and the smell came out. I was shocked!
By Kelly (Guest Post)01/02/2007
My husband spilled diesel on his hands tonight and we saw that Simple Green might get rid of it, so we tried it. The smell is gone for the most part. We're satisfied with it!
By Jill (Guest Post)10/04/2004
My husband is a truck driver and we have had this problem a lot on his work clothes. He has a hand cleaner called Fast Orange. We got it at Wal-mart, they also carry it at auto parts stores. I put a little of that on his clothes and wash as usual. It gets the smell and the greasy feel out of the clothes. I would think it would work just as well for your hands.
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
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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|I am requesting any information regarding the elimination of diesel fuel smell from clothing. I have tried washing (twice actually) with regular detergent but the smell remains. Subsequently, I now have the smell inside the washing machine and am afraid to wash a load of laundry in case the smell comes off on other clothing. |
|Try soaking overnight with detergent and a cup or more white vinegar. You may need to rinse twice but that should work.|
|Vinegar and Baking Soda||12/28/2004|
|You might want to try the vinegar and baking soda together as well! Also some good softener may help! Good luck!|
|I used to work in insurance restoration. The only thing we found that removed the diesel smell was citrus based products. Something like Orange Glo all purpose cleaner. Fill a tub with lukewarm water and a substantial amount of Orange cleaner (heck... use a whole bottle!!). Let it soak over night. Next day, drain the water and put the wet clothes into the washer. Run it thru a cycle using about a cup of the orange cleaner. |
You should probably run the washer thru an empty cycle with a cup or two of the orange cleaner first, just so you don't add the smell back in.
Good luck, it's a stubborn odor and all the typical restoration tricks and chemicals (including odor neutralizers) didn't work. We tried the citrus as a last resort and it actually worked!!
Don't use dish soap... it will suds way too much!
|I don't know if this works but I have heard that if you soak the clothes in cola it will remove the smell - also oil smells.|
|By toni k (Guest Post)|
|Dawn Dish Detergent||12/31/2004|
|Since you already washed the clothes this may not work but try Dawn dish detergent.|
|Use 1/4 cup of Simple Green and half of what you would normally use of your laundry soap. It worked for us when my daughters mobile had a fuel leak and all their clothes smelled like fuel.|
|By Cheryl (Guest Post)|
|RE: Orange Hand Cleaner||01/17/2005|
|Does the orange hand cleaner work to get the smell out of the washing machine? Does it harm the machine at all, my washer is fairly new and I don't want to ruin it. Heck, we are still paying for it!|
|By Malarie (Guest Post)|
|RE: Vinegar and Baking Soda||01/18/2005|
|I tried vinegar and baking soda approach-did absolutely nothing.|
|By Tim (Guest Post)|
|RE: Orange Glo||10/20/2005|
|Thanks beanygurl for the Orange Glo tip! I was in a panic; I had washed my son's clothes three times-once with bleach and laundry soap, once with vinegar and the last time with vinegar and laundry soap but had no luck in getting rid of the smell of diesel that was still in the clothes and was now in my washing machine. After reading your posting I thought I'd give Orange Glow a try. I filled the washer with warm water and 3/4 of the bottle of Orange Glow and let the clothes soak for approximately 4 hours. I then added a regular amount of laundry soap and then let the machine run through the cycles. Not only did the Orange Glow get ride of the diesel smell, it also left a nice smell on the clothes and also got ride of the diesel smell that I thought might be permanently on the washer. THANKS AGAIN FOR THE GREAT TIP!|
|By Lynda C (Guest Post)|
|Removing the Smell||02/01/2006|
|By the way, to remove the smell from your hands, wash your hands with common white toothpaste (not gel). Works good after cleaning fish too.|
|By Robert Dingley (Guest Post)|
|My fiancé hauled fuel oil for 4 years. There is no way that we ever found to completely remove the smell or the residue. We tried Fabreeze, OxyGel, Baking Soda, Vinegar, every detergent on the market, tried hot water, cold water everything. Even after 1 shift in which he didn't get "sprayed" his clothes reeked. It's an oil on a porous fabric - like oil floats on water. We just threw them out.|
|By Cass (Guest Post)|
|Glad I found this site. My hubby sprayed himself with diesel when filling up his lorry. I've tried all sorts of cleaners (lemon, baking soda, 20 washes, vinegar, etc.). I am going to get a bottle of coke now and give that a go. Will let you know how I get on.|
|By Angie Webster (Guest Post)|
|RE: Orange Glo||03/16/2006|
|Where do you get the Orange Glo?|
|By Joseph Barnett (Guest Post)|
|RE: Orange Glo||03/22/2006|
|I Tried the orange glo wood cleaner. It's the only one I could find. I used the whole bottle. I can still smell the fuel, not so bad but still there. Did I use the wrong kind or not enough or what?|
|By Kelly (Guest Post)|
|My husband works at a quarry and has to fuel the trucks frequently. He gets fuel on his clothing often. The only thing we have found that works to get the smell off is washing the clothes in ammonia. I wash them once w/ammonia and water and then I will rewash them w/detergent. That has always worked for me.|
|By Josie (Guest Post)|
|RE: Orange Glo||04/29/2006|
|Thanks for the tip with the orange glow it got the awful smell of diesel fuel out of my entire load of jeans!|
|By christi (Guest Post)|
My husband works with diesel all day long and he comes home smelling of it. I have no clue in how to remove the smell off his clothing I know not to wash it in our own washing machine and I really can't soak it.
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