Removing Diesel Fuel Odor?

How do you remove diesel fuel smell from clothes and trunk of car?

By Sheila


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April 22, 20131 found this helpful
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A thick layer of cat litter in the car will absorb the odor, you may need to repeat the application several times to completely rid the space of the smell.

Simply pour the cat litter over the spot, leave it at least 24 hours and then vacuum or sweep up. If you still smell diesel, repeat the application until the odor is gone. It does work-I've had to do it a few times myself and can vouch for the success.

The clothes are a loss. You can't wash the diesel (or any flammable material on fabric) out, and it's dangerous to try because the fabric may ignite if exposed to heat whilst machine drying or even wearing.


I've been there-done that, and it's upsetting to have to throw out clothing that's been splashed with petrol or oil. But it's the safest thing in the situation.

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April 22, 20130 found this helpful
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As the wife of a trucker, I used to have this problem.
One way I use to remove that distinctive diesel odor is to lay a baby wipe in his drawer. Baby wipes tend to absorb diesel odors better than any other product I've found.

Another use for the baby wipes is to get 5th wheel grease off his hands and clothes. We discovered this not long after he started driving. Baby wipes are the ONLY thing that will remove that stubborn 5th wheel grease.

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May 3, 20180 found this helpful

What brand of baby wipes

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