Cleaning Kerosene Spilled in a Car?

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The odor of spilled kerosene is very pervasive. When it is in you car, it is not only offensive but an unhealthy situation, that you will want to clear up quickly. This is a page about cleaning kerosene spilled in a car.


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January 7, 2010

How do I get rid of kerosene smell from my car's interior?

By Brad from Stockton, CA


January 9, 20100 found this helpful

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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January 9, 20100 found this helpful

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

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January 16, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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February 23, 20100 found this helpful

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!

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June 26, 20170 found this helpful

Soak and scrub with tide and a lil bleach. If you have wet dry vac, great. A lil downy or febreeze/water mixture after seals the deal..

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March 7, 2005

Could someone please help me? We have spilled kerosene in the back of our car. We have tried steam cleaning, Fabreeze, air deodorizer and nothing seems to work. Any hints? The smell is making me sick!



March 7, 20051 found this helpful

If you spilled on the carpeting, you should remove it if you can. If it's on upholstery, you can try kitty litter or some baking soda.


If the kerosene got into the back seat padding, it's just going to take some time to air it out. Hope that helps.

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By D.O. (Guest Post)
October 2, 20080 found this helpful

Pull all the carpet up, and have it cleaned.Soak up all the kerosene with newspaper or old towels real well. Lastly Dampen the area with plain water, sprinkle dry coffee on the area for a few hours and then vaccum it up.

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By VIV (Guest Post)
January 17, 20091 found this helpful

Use coffee grounds to remove the smell from your car or carpet. Simply soak up as much of the spill as you can with towels and sprinkle the coffee grounds over the area (I use a lot) and let it stand for about a week and the smell will be gone.

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January 6, 2019

I spilled kerosene on the backseat of my Jeep. We had the backseat folded down with the kerosene heater on top transporting it. It leaked and went through to the front of my backseat.


I have been smelling kerosene for a week and don't know how to get it out! Can you help me with a cheap solution?


January 6, 20190 found this helpful

There is a product called Nok Out. You saturate the smelly object and the smell goes away permanently. You can get it on amazon

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January 25, 2012

I spilled kerosene on the carpet of my vehicle and can't get the smell out. Please help.

By Dee


January 25, 20120 found this helpful

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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