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Removing Diesel Fuel Smell from Clothing


I am requesting any information regarding the elimination of diesel fuel smell from clothing. I have tried washing (twice actually) with regular detergent but the smell remains. Subsequently, I now have the smell inside the washing machine and am afraid to wash a load of laundry in case the smell comes off on other clothing.


White Vinegar 12/28/2004
Try soaking overnight with detergent and a cup or more white vinegar. You may need to rinse twice but that should work.
By lindal
Vinegar and Baking Soda 12/28/2004
You might want to try the vinegar and baking soda together as well! Also some good softener may help! Good luck!
By homeschoolin_mum
Orange Glo 12/28/2004
I used to work in insurance restoration. The only thing we found that removed the diesel smell was citrus based products. Something like Orange Glo all purpose cleaner. Fill a tub with lukewarm water and a substantial amount of Orange cleaner (heck... use a whole bottle!). Let it soak over night. Next day, drain the water and put the wet clothes into the washer. Run it thru a cycle using about a cup of the orange cleaner.

You should probably run the washer thru an empty cycle with a cup or two of the orange cleaner first, just so you don't add the smell back in.

Good luck, it's a stubborn odor and all the typical restoration tricks and chemicals (including odor neutralizers) didn't work. We tried the citrus as a last resort and it actually worked!!

Don't use dish soap... it will suds way too much!

By beanygurl
Cola 12/30/2004
I don't know if this works but I have heard that if you soak the clothes in cola it will remove the smell - also oil smells.
By toni k (Guest Post)
Dawn Dish Detergent 12/31/2004
Since you already washed the clothes this may not work but try Dawn dish detergent.
By brizaksmommy
Simple Green 01/01/2005
Use 1/4 cup of Simple Green and half of what you would normally use of your laundry soap. It worked for us when my daughters mobile had a fuel leak and all their clothes smelled like fuel.
By Cheryl (Guest Post)
Orange Hand Cleaner 01/17/2005
Does the orange hand cleaner work to get the smell out of the washing machine? Does it harm the machine at all, my washer is fairly new and I don't want to ruin it. Heck, we are still paying for it!
By Malarie (Guest Post)
Vinegar and Baking Soda 01/18/2005
I tried vinegar and baking soda approach-did absolutely nothing.
By Tim (Guest Post)
Orange Glo 10/20/2005
Thanks beanygurl for the Orange Glo tip! I was in a panic; I had washed my son's clothes three times-once with bleach and laundry soap, once with vinegar and the last time with vinegar and laundry soap but had no luck in getting rid of the smell of diesel that was still in the clothes and was now in my washing machine. After reading your posting I thought I'd give Orange Glow a try. I filled the washer with warm water and 3/4 of the bottle of Orange Glow and let the clothes soak for approximately 4 hours.

I then added a regular amount of laundry soap and then let the machine run through the cycles. Not only did the Orange Glow get ride of the diesel smell, it also left a nice smell on the clothes and also got ride of the diesel smell that I thought might be permanently on the washer. THANKS AGAIN FOR THE GREAT TIP!
By Lynda C (Guest Post)
Removing the Smell 02/01/2006
By the way, to remove the smell from your hands, wash your hands with common white toothpaste (not gel). Works good after cleaning fish too.
By Robert Dingley (Guest Post)
No Luck 02/20/2006
My fiancé hauled fuel oil for 4 years. There is no way that we ever found to completely remove the smell or the residue. We tried Fabreeze, OxyGel, Baking Soda, Vinegar, every detergent on the market, tried hot water, cold water everything. Even after 1 shift in which he didn't get "sprayed" his clothes reeked. It's an oil on a porous fabric - like oil floats on water. We just threw them out.
By Cass (Guest Post)
Coke 03/11/2006
Glad I found this site. My hubby sprayed himself with diesel when filling up his lorry. I've tried all sorts of cleaners (lemon, baking soda, 20 washes, vinegar, etc.). I am going to get a bottle of coke now and give that a go. Will let you know how I get on.
By Angie Webster (Guest Post)
Orange Glo 03/16/2006
Where do you get the Orange Glo?
By Joseph Barnett (Guest Post)
Orange Glo 03/22/2006
I Tried the orange glo wood cleaner. It's the only one I could find. I used the whole bottle. I can still smell the fuel, not so bad but still there. Did I use the wrong kind or not enough or what?
By Kelly (Guest Post)
Ammonia 04/24/2006
My husband works at a quarry and has to fuel the trucks frequently. He gets fuel on his clothing often. The only thing we have found that works to get the smell off is washing the clothes in ammonia. I wash them once w/ammonia and water and then I will rewash them w/detergent. That has always worked for me.
By Josie (Guest Post)
Orange Glo 04/29/2006
Thanks for the tip with the orange glow it got the awful smell of diesel fuel out of my entire load of jeans!
By christi (Guest Post)

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