Removing Gasoline from Car Carpet

Gasoline odors can be very noxious, especially inside of a car. Since you can't remove your car's carpet it can be tough to remove spilled gasoline. This is a guide about removing gasoline from car carpet.

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I spilled gas on the floor of my car. How do I suck up the gas without ruining my carpet and get the smell out?

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    I spilled gasoline in the trunk of my car. I solved the odor problem by laying newspaper over the carpet where it was spilled. The paper absorbed the odor and there was no stain to even see where it was spilled. The problem was solved!

    By Ethel G. from PA

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    How do I get the smell of gasoline out of the metal in my car trunk after the carpet is out?

    By Marg

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    I also have gasoline smell in back of my van from a spill. How do I get it out?

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    I spilled gas in my car about two weeks ago and used coffee; that didn't work. I also used Mr. Clean and washed the floor of my car. The kitty litter didn't work either, what else can I try?

    By Melissa

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    Gas Off at Walmart. I use probably a bottle/month. Does the trick.

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    I had a 2 gallon gas can unknowingly tip and spill contents in the back of our new Ford Van. 1st thing I did was PANIC. Then I soaked up all the gas that I could with rags and spread that green/piney smelly floor clean-up powder to absorb gas wetness in the carpet.

    This turned the beige carpet green and my wife PANICKED. Vacuumed it up & scrubbed with Haggerty's Carpet cleaner, the green went. Bought a huge bag of kitty litter and covered the entire floor. Now we Pray and have a sleepless night. Any response or help would be appreciated. Thanks. Edgar from Canada

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    I loaded up a lawn mower on it's side thinking it was empty...wrong!!!

    I put a disposable pampers diaper on it, opened up as wide as possible, absorbant side down, and put a heavy weight on it for a day. When I removed it, the diaper was full of the gas and the smell was gone! If yours is dry, you could re-wet it with water and the diaper will draw up the moisture-gas and all. Yours sounds like a much bigger spill than mine, so you would have to use many diapers, but it would be worth the cost of a bag of diapers to get rid of the smell!!! I guess you might have to repeat the process if it is really deep. I happened on this idea, because I always have extra diapers in my van, and it was the only absorbant material I had at the time!

    Good Luck! Let me know if you try it, and if it works.


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    How do you remove gasoline smell from the trunk of a car?

    By Rafael from NYC, NY

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    I saw this tip once for a lady who had spilled a gallon of milk in the trunk. She was told to buy a bag of charcoal briquettes for the grill (the kind without lighter fluid), lay the bag in the trunk and split it open on top side. She said that leaving that in there for a while absorbed all of the smell and totally got rid of it. Hope this works for gasoline too!


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    A gas can spilled over on my carpet in my Tracker. I have read about the coffee grounds. Is it just coffee from the can or dried out used coffee grounds? It is also 4 degrees out and I can't air it out much with freezing rain and snow. Brrrrr

    Man it stinks and I have severe breathing problems as it is.
    Thank you.

    By Wen from NH

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    Try using kitty litter to soak up both the smell and any remaining liquid. Change it until smell is gone. Good luck.

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    DH spilled gasoline on the carpet in our car. The smell is horrible. How can I get rid of the smell?

    By Barbara from Middletown, DE

    Removing Gasoline from Car Carpet

    I spilled some gas on my dad's brand new Suburban, not a lot, but the smell was sickening. I tried every thing, but only two things helped. I used Muphy's oil soap mixed with water (1/2c to 1g), and rubbing alcohol. Scrub/soak the area with the oil soap water then let it sit for an hour or so then use a shop vac to suck it up. Repeat until the smell is almost gone when you stick your nose right up to the carpet. Then let the carpet dry in the sun, fans help to. When it is completely dry take a clean rag, soak the rag in rubbing alcohol and liberally wet down the area of the spill. Let this air dry. When that's done it should smell much better. Hope it helps (06/12/2010)

    By arem250

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    How do I get gas smell out of my car carpet?

    By reeski55 from San Leandro

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    Gas was accidentally spilled from the can while sitting on the floor between the seats of the car. The carpet still smells of gas after many days with the windows rolled down, brrrr. How do we get rid of the smell?

    By 3catslady from Epworth, IA

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    How do you remove gasoline from my car's carpet?

    Ingrid from Blind Bay, British Columbia

    Removing Gasoline from Car Carpet

    First of all. A basic chemical property is that "likes dissolve likes". So, in order to remove gasoline you must use an oil based product. I used Lestoil and water and rubbed it into the gasoline (let it sit for about an hour.) Then, I took detergent (like Tide) with water and rubbed that into the area (let it stand for another hour). Then I used a vacuum cleaner that aspirates water. I dried the whole area (and let it finish air drying about 1/2 hour). Then I poured rubbing alcohol over the whole area and let it air dry for 2 hours. The smell was gone. (08/28/2006)

    By Isabel

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    Clean area with Dawn or Joy, vacuum with a shop vac. Take a cake pan or some large surface container and cover the bottom of the container with vanilla. Set the container in the vehicle for 24 - 48 hrs and the vanilla will absorb all the odor. (08/31/2007)

    By John S.

    Removing Gasoline from Car Carpet

    What will help is if you simply leave the item (car or whatever) open in the sun all day. Gas will evaporate given enough time. At least enough to make it bearable, until one can try one of these more involved methods. (01/27/2008)

    Removing Gasoline from Car Carpet

    Just sprinkle the unused dry coffee grounds all over any spots or smelly areas. I bought the cheapest brand and sprinkled it liberally. If you want, every couple of days you can swish them around, but after about 2 weeks the smell should be gone. Just clean the grounds out. If it still smells, do it again. This worked for me when I got kerosene in the back of my car. It just smells like coffee inside your vehicle and not the gas/kerosene. You can then wash it with a solution of Dawn and water. (07/09/2008)

    By carnation037

    Removing Gasoline from Car Carpet

    Gasoline leaked from a container in the back seat of my SUV the other day while I was driving home from a gas station. The odour was horrendous by the time I got home as it had soaked a two foot square section of the carpet. I purchased some Prosolve Carpet Cleaner and sprayed it on yesterday morning and it worked wonders. Today there was only a minor smell and I sprayed it again. It is drying now, but I suspect the smell will be entirely gone by tomorrow.

    I sprayed the section of the carpet liberally with Prosolve and rubbed it around. I then let it sit 15 minutes. I then used toweling paper (2 rolls) to blot it up until the area was dry. I left the car doors and windows open for a few hours to let the air at it and then closed them overnight.

    As I said, when I opened the car this morning, the smell was almost completely gone. And there was no discolouration of the grey carpet at all. I went through the process today, but did not need to use as much Prosolve.

    I was amazed at how simple this process was. Having read earlier posts I was concerned I might not ever get rid of the smell. Fingers crossed.

    Cheers (09/10/2008)

    By manotick

    Removing Gasoline from Car Carpet

    I had a gas can in the back seat of a car and some spilled out. First I opened the trunk and passage way to the backseat and put a house fan on the floor of the backseat. Leaving the trunk and windows open I left the fan on overnight in the garage for a couple of days and that took care of the problem. I also sprayed Febreze in the trunk and backseat.


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