By Brad from Stockton, CA
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Purell hand sanitizer. I have spilled gas on myself before and used purell hand sanitizer and it took away the smell. The other day I spilled gas on my leather gloves and thought for sure they were toast. However, I tried the purell hand sanitizer and my gloves no loger smell like gas!
By Melanie Jackson 01/16/2010
Why does it smell? Was there some sort of leak, or was something spilled in the car? I ask because, if something is leaking from the car's engine, it's dangerous to inhale the fumes. So the source would need to be fixed, before you deodorize the car.
Then - not to sound like a broken record, as I recommend it a lot - cut up oranges and put them in bowls or on plates. Oranges will absorb almost any odor, leaving a lovely citrus scent behind.
By Cheryl Warner 01/09/2010
I don't know if it will work on kerosene but you could try it, something as simple as vanilla will take the smell of diesel fuel out of the house,cloths etc. I have put it in the laundry when my husband gets a lot on his cloths and if you have a room or like put the vanilla on a cotton ball and it will absorb the smell., sometimes you have to put out more that one cotton ball depending on the size of the room and the spill.
Cheryl from MI
By REE 01/09/2010
Call local auto supply shop ask for a bottle of pink stuff .. this is used by mechanics for cleaning up stuff. It works in the little green machine for the car (*my dh car was new - he was not happy). It works when oil delivery over filled and it spilled all over. It works on clothes with oil, kerosene & gas. Ria
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I spilled kerosene on the carpet of my vehicle and can't get the smell out. Please help.
By Frugal Sunnie 01/25/2012
Pour at least two inches of cat litter directly on the spill and leave for several days. Use a commercial vacuum at the filling station to vacuum up the cat litter when the odor is gone.
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I don't know if any reader has ever had to get kerosene, gas, or other smelly liquids out of their vehicle or not, but I sure did. It's easy to put something in your trunk or back seat and spill some on your floor. The fumes from the containers and what spills on the floor gives me a headache.
A friend told me about using coffee grounds. She gets the cheapest kind, sprays the rug or floor lightly with water and sprinkles the dry coffee grounds over the area and then waits a few hours before vacuuming. It takes the kerosene or whatever fuel smell there is out and doesn't leave a coffee stain. Some truck drivers use this method due to the diesel fuel getting tracked into the cab of their rig.
I hope this helps someone. Sent in by LaH friend, Pebbles462002)
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By Lois from Bridgeport, WV
Finally, my hardware store recommended a product called "Environmental Air Sponge". It comes in a plastic tub and within 30 minutes of opening it and leaving it in the car, the gas smell was gone. I was really impressed with this product and highly recommend it. (10/04/2008)
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