Cleaning Turpentine From Fabric and Clothing?

October 14, 2009

Does anyone have advice on how to remove turpentine odors from fabric? My son-in-law accidentally put cloth soaked in turpentine in my washing machine full of towels. Now I can't get the smell off them even though they have now been washed 3 times with soap powder and conditioner!


By carol potts from UK


October 15, 20090 found this helpful

Run a pre-soak cycle with 2 cups of (clear) vinegar; then add 2 cups of vinegar in the final rinse cycle. Leave the washer door open after completion. There will be a short lived vinegar smell but the turpentine odor should be gone (the vinegar will help cleanse the drain line of soap residue as well).

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October 15, 20090 found this helpful

I second the vinegar ;-)

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December 19, 2006

I used Goo Gone cleaner on jeans to get rid of dried paint. I washed them with other clothes not thinking about it and now the whole load of laundry smells on turpentine. Please help.

Terri from Denver


November 14, 20200 found this helpful

Just vinegar didn't really do much, the only thing that seems to help is heat, so wash at 90 degrees, put it in the dryer and thén leave it on a radiator until the smell is gone.

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