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Removing Diesel Fuel from Shoes and Boots

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Work boots and shoes, in particular, can have diesel fuel accidentally spilled on them. This is a guide about removing diesel fuel from shoes and boots.


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January 17, 20150 found this helpful

I splashed diesel on my Nike shoes. I can't get the odor out.

By Phil


September 16, 20150 found this helpful
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A diesel trucker's wife uses Baby Wipes! She lays them in the shoes, trunk, floor mat, closet, drawer, wherever and they absorb the odor. Also wipe the shoe or boot down with them. If shoes are washable, use 3 Mule Borax or "Pink Stuff" (found at automotive stores).

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January 21, 2009

How do I remove diesel fuel from boots?

Sally from Westminster, CA


May 22, 20180 found this helpful
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After stepping in diesel fuel at a gas pump (I thought it was regular gas), I checked your site for how to get it off the bottom of my suede boots. I put baking soda on the soles and then placed them on paper towels that I put a coating of baking soda on. I let them set there and checked for smell every week or so.


Finally, after a month, the smell was gone! Using an old dry toothbrush (I recycle them for cleaning sinks, faucets, etc.) I cleaned off the baking soda then wet the toothbrush to clean the soles again. I hated the thought of tossing out my favorite boots.

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April 21, 20130 found this helpful

How do I remover diesel fuel from leather boots?

By Mary from Gaffney, SC

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