Cleaning Gasoline Smell From Clothing

March 24, 2011

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


March 28, 20112 found this helpful
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Put the clothes in the washer with 2 cups of white vinegar and 1 cup of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). Add detergent and wash as usual.
Hang outside to dry.

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March 28, 20111 found this helpful
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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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March 24, 2003

How do you get the smell of gasoline out of a load of towels in the washer?


March 26, 20030 found this helpful
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First, I would try a cup or so of baking soda (such as Arm & Hammer). Baking soda neutralizes odors. Use it just like you would powdered detergent. Add nothing else to your machine and run it through the full wash cycle. Then, run the towels through a wash cycle using the detergent you regularly use. If that doesn't work, I would then try a cup of vinegar. Again, add nothing else to your machine and run it through the full wash cycle. I would think one of these two would get rid of the odor. Hope this helps - GOOD LUCK!

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November 8, 2004

My husband was using his chain saw to cut wood and got gasoline all over his nylon sweat pants. I have tried soaking them in biz, washed them 3 times and they still smell like gasoline.

Got any solutions?


Linda from IL


November 9, 20040 found this helpful
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I would think that washing them using Lestoil would work. It's supposed to clean greasy, grimy, smelly work clothes, so I would think that would do the trick.

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January 17, 2015

How can I remove the smell of diesel from a whole load of laundry? My husband spilled diesel on his shirt sleeve and put it in with the clothes I had in the washer. I did not realize the smell would not come out with a regular detergent (unscented All).

By Mary Ann H.


December 4, 20170 found this helpful

You are going to have to rewash several times. You can line dry in between washings (don't use the dryer). Put vinegar in with the detergent.

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December 4, 20170 found this helpful

I would dry outdoors to remove the odor. Spray with Febreeze or Nok-Out

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February 12, 2015

I had a petrol spill on a diving buoyancy compensation device. How do I get rid of the petrol contamination on my diving equipment?

By Jehan from Sri Lanka


December 10, 20170 found this helpful

Use baking soda or cornstarch to absorb

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November 23, 2014

How do I get a gasoline odor removed from a sweatshirt?

By A Garner

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