Getting Rid of Gasoline Smell in Car


August 23, 2006

How can you remove odor from gasoline spill on carpeting in van?

Zionchief from Zion, IL



August 24, 20060 found this helpful

I heard that you can dampen the carpet (like with a spray bottle of water) and then sprinkle fresh, unused coffee grounds on it and leave for at least a few hours (overnight would probably be better). Then vacuum it up.

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August 27, 20060 found this helpful

Shampoo carpet very well, may have to do a couple of times, when completely dry sprinkle dried fresh coffee grounds on that area, may have to leave for a couple of weeks, don't dampen as the coffee will stain the carpet. I have used it successfully for removing cat urin from floor.

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September 4, 20060 found this helpful

I have a new van and it smells like dirty socks and i cant get rid of the smell. Ive washed the carpets 4 times cleaned the seats and it is still there

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By Kahlee (Guest Post)
September 11, 20060 found this helpful

My parents spilled a gas container with about 6 gallonds of gas in it and it has been smelling like gas for the past month or 2 I need help

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By Martin Meyer (Guest Post)
January 21, 20070 found this helpful

Soak the area where the gasoline was spilled with Dawn detergent and water (about the same mixture you would use to wash dishes) and allow to soak for several minutes. With a wet/dry vac vacuum out the spent detergent, and rinse with plain water several times. Then wet the area with a 30 part water, 1 part OdorXit Concentrate mixture and allow to dry naturally.

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By Pat (Guest Post)
April 25, 20080 found this helpful

So Simple! Slice up a few raw potatoes, skins and all and layer over gas smell. Leave for a day (or nite).

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By Amanda (Guest Post)
September 8, 20080 found this helpful

Try the advice at

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By Paul P. (Guest Post)
December 7, 20080 found this helpful

You will need Dawn Dish Detergent, plenty of water, Shop vac , and DL Permatex Hand Cleaner. All I did was, Shampoo carpet about 3 to 4 times with dawn dish washing liquid, vacuum out, then I smeared DL Permatex Hand Cleaner in erea and let it sit for about 20 min then vacuum it out. Then your choice of air freshener, referable. frebreeze

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February 15, 2016

How long does it take usually to soak up all the gas spill and remove its odor?


September 17, 20170 found this helpful
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It kind of just depends on what you are using to soak up the gasoline. Cat litter works pretty good to soak things like this up out of the carpet. You may need to do a thorough carpet and upholstery cleaning with a degreaser to remove the smell also.

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December 22, 2011

I spilled gas in the front seat of the car. How can I get rid of the smell? I need something more than "open the windows and air it"; that's been done and was not much help. I also put newspaper on the seat and put a heavy rock on top, hoping to absorb the gas, that helped some, but not much. Anybody have any ideas? Thanks.

By SharonH


December 23, 20110 found this helpful
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Have you tried plain charcoal and leave it in the vehicle for a few days? It works wonders on other odors.

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April 18, 2011

How do I remove gasoline smell from my car's interior?

By Bill from Sonora, CA


December 22, 20110 found this helpful
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Many years ago, my mother-in-law spilled kerosene in her car and her car insurance paid to have the carpet replaced. It doesn't hurt to ask your insurance company. Good luck.

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August 19, 2016

Gasoline spilled in the car. How do I get rid of the smell?


September 14, 20160 found this helpful

i had a can of gasoline spill over in the back of my Focus, luckly i had a horse blanket and a plastic table cloth obsorbed up most of the liquid, but some did get on the cover of the wheel mat in the back, i took it out hung on the line and washed several times with dawn soap and sprayed with a water hose till it looked like all the gsasoline was washed away. what can i use to continue to get the smell out. thankyou.

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August 30, 2018

About one gallon of gas spilled over in the back of my van. It soaked through the carpet, padding, and even started to eat the underlayment (maybe the sound barrier), I don't know!

I had to tear out the carpet and pad and wash with Dawn! Is there anything else I can do?

I use my van for taking my three dogs with me; sometimes to the vet!



August 30, 20180 found this helpful

Have you asked the dealer or mechanic to check it out to make sure there there isn't structure damage to the spill area? I would, just to be safe. They can give you their go to solution for smell removal while you are there.

My go to is to use acitvated charcoal packs to absorb bad smells. Keep the car in a well ventilated space with windows down if feasible! Wishing you an easy solution!

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August 30, 20180 found this helpful

There is a product called Nok-Out that removes all odors. You can get it at Amazon

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August 31, 20180 found this helpful

First - if you are concerned about the under side of your van (sound-barrier) I would suggest you take it to one of the oil change stations and either get an oil change or just ask them to check this out for you.
These places have either a pit or a lift that gives them access to stand under your van for a good vision of what has taken place (if anything). Or - You should be able to ask at your usual place for oil changes.

  • Do you mean you have completely removed (and thrown away) your carpet and cleaned the metal with Dawn or do you mean you have washed your carpet and padding with Dawn and replaced?
  • I think you will need something that will clean the metal before you can replace any carpet and padding or the odor may remain in the cracks/crevasses for a long time.
  • If you mean you have washed the carpet and padding then you need to be sure the gasoline smell is gone before putting it back in your van.
  • If you are not sure about the odor, you can put the carpet in a large plastic bag, seal it up and check 24 hours later. I'll bet the odor is still very strong. If you have already put it back in your van, then you are probably still smelling the gasoline from the carpet every time you leave the van closed up.
  • I would suggest you go to an automotive parts store and explain what happened and see what cleaner they recommend for removing gasoline from carpet and metal.
  • I would be very sure there is good ventilation if you have to carry your dogs to the vet before you find a good solution.
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March 7, 2017

If you have spilled some gas in your car's trunk, it can be difficult to eliminate the odor. This is a page about gas smell in car's trunk.

An empty trunk of a car.

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November 9, 2011

Gasoline odors can be very noxious, especially inside of a car. Since you can't remove your car's carpet it can be tough to remove spilled gasoline. This is a page about cleaning gasoline from car carpet.

Gas can on the car hood.

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April 18, 2011

I have a 94 Mercury Cougar. I spilled gasoline in the trunk of the car. It is making the entire car reeks of the smell. How do I get rid of it?

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May 26, 2004

My mom spilled some gas in the back of her minivan on the carpet. Any suggestions on how to get the smell out?

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