I washed a towel full of diesel in the washing machine. I've washed clothes several times after that and the diesel smell is still on the clothes. I've put it on many empty cycles to wash it away but no luck. Can you help?
Try washing with detergent and ammonia. I've had good luck with it getting smells out of my husband's garage rags.
By pat (Guest Post) 01/30/2009
Hi, try using some orange oil and washing soada both are good at getting rid of diesel smells.
Years ago i was told by a professional to use a cup of salt when washing my husbands garage clothes to cut the grime and smell. Maybe you could try adding a box of salt to the machine, filling it letting it set a bit then run through cycle. I never had a problem with the smell and I've washed shop rags with gas, diesel and oils on them and I always use salt with the detergent.
Diesel is an oily thing. You need to rub down the whole interior of the tub with detergent such as Dawn or hand cleaner or Fast Orange. Then run it, hot water, with towels from a thrift shop that you'll throw away if they come out smelly. If that doesn't work, you can take the tub out and do the same with the outer tub.
Salt can't be good for your plumbing!
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