I've heard that mothballs will neutralize (or mask?) the diesel smell. I've put mothballs in the bilge of my boat where there is always a little diesel fuel leakage and it does seem to help. But if I was in your situation, I would definitely get rid of the seat.
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My husband is a heavy equipment mechanic and his clothes always smelled like diesel no matter what I used to clean them. One day I was reading one of my online newsletters and someone had written in that an insurance adjuster had told her to clean her household items with Listerine after a fire, and the smell would be gone. He said it would remove almost any odor. I tried it on my husband's clothes and it works great. Now I never wash them without it. I was thinking if your spill is a small one, saturating a paper towel or something like it with Listerine and leaving it in the car for a while might help. It's worth a try. Hope this helps, Sharon
My first thought would be to put hubby in the car and send it over a cliff. love patsAZ
Another reason to replace the seat.....the current one is now a big time fire hazard !!!!
This one is going to be painful, but GET RID OF THE SEAT. The fumes you are ingesting from the diesel into your lungs are petroleum distillates and are doing irrepairable damage. Especially if there are children that ride in the car.
You can always get another from a "pick-and-save" type of auto parts place/wrecker. It doesn't have to match, you can always put a seat cover over it.
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