Removing Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Odors From Clothing

April 18, 2011

Dirty jeans hanging out of a washing machine.I need to clean some clothes that have some diesel fuel on them. Thanks.

By Bill Monks from Flat River Desloge



January 13, 20091 found this helpful
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I soaked jeans that diesel had spilled on in a bucket with Downy fabric softer for 2 hrs, and then washed normally and the smell was gone.

December 13, 20091 found this helpful
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My husband has worked on aircraft fuel tanks for years. He comes home reeking of the JP-8 jet fuel that he gets exposed to. I'm extremely allergic to any kind of scented products so I had to find a way to remove the smell from his clothes without using more chemicals. Get ready, it's the simplest thing and it always works.

I put everything he wears including underwear and socks that reek of jet fuel in the sun! Sometimes it can take from a few days to a week, but it always works. The sun's rays just bake the smell out. Make sure you get all areas exposed to the sun and turn inside out as well.


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April 18, 20112 found this helpful
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I used to use pinesol in the wash to remove diesel.

February 24, 20161 found this helpful
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1 cup of Simple Green along with detergent and wash in hot or warm water. I found this recipe for getting gasoline and motor grease out of clothes, and it works!

May 9, 20161 found this helpful
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The generic answer is, you need a degreaser agent that is safe on clothes. My favorite is a product called Greased Lightning, it works well, is safe on clothes, and smells decent, sold at Home Depot.

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August 3, 2015

How do you get diesel fuel out of clothes?


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August 4, 20150 found this helpful
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If there is a lot of fuel to be removed, add a bottle (about 64 ounces) of household ammonia (about a dollar where I live) to the wash water, using your regular detergent. DO NOT ADD BLEACH! When rinsed and dried, there will be no ammonia scent.


Diesel fuel is a petroleum (oil based) product. Ammonia is the best oil and grease dissolving agent on this planet.

I do not recommend this method for hand washing, as the ammonia fumes, though temporary, are quite strong. Ammonia, like oxygen, is a gas. Any remaining fumes will quickly dissipate into the air.

August 11, 20150 found this helpful
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Add a can of Coca-cola with your detergent and wash as usual. Coca-Cola takes out grease.

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May 11, 2009

My elderly mother washed her clothes with a container that had fuel oil in it instead of laundry detergent. How do I get fuel oil smell out of her clothes?

By Valerie McCook from Tunkhannock, PA


May 21, 20090 found this helpful
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GO to the local auto parts store and pick up a bottle of 'pink stuff' (real name) this pulls the smells of kero, gas etc from clothes, car rugs etc. Ria

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September 27, 2015

My husband spilled diesel fuel on his clothes. I have tried several things such as Febreze for laundry odors with no results. What do I do?


September 28, 20150 found this helpful
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Baking soda will perform MIRACLES on odors, so I bet it can tackle stinky diesel fuel!
You will need to soak the clothes in warm or hot water that has baking soda added. I would try maybe 1/2 to 1 cup baking soda per gallon of water. You could do this in a top-load washing machine (stopped), or in the bathtub or in a big bucket. Stir the baking soda into the water very well, so it is somewhat "disolved". Dunk the clothes and let them soak for a while, maybe 1/2 hour. Pull them out and wash as usual, with the warmest water appropriate for the fabrics.


As an extra boost, you could also add Oxy Clean to the laundry load. (The Dollar Store has an Oxy cleaner/laundry additive that works quite well and is much cheaper than the brand name). Hopefully this will work. I have seen baking soda and water cut some really persistent stinks, like super-smelly old Teva sandals (before they put anti-stink stuff into the rubber), and kitchen sponges that stink even after they've been boiled/disinfected.
Good luck! And please let me know if this works!

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May 6, 2019

What can I use to wash diesel out of black Carhartt coveralls? I've tried everything except adding lemon juice to my wash when I washed them. Does anybody have a solution that truly works and not just run me around trying this or that as I may have already used it.

Please help. Thank you


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May 6, 20190 found this helpful

Lestoil is a product made for greasy work clothes.

February 20, 20200 found this helpful

Pour an entire 2L bottle of Coca-Cola (Pepsi won't work) in with the wash. This works amazing for invert so it should work just as well for straight diesel.


Let us know if it works for you. Good Luck

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March 8, 2015

I am trying to remove jet fuel smell from clothing. Normally I am limited to a laundromat so presoaking would be difficult. I have presoaked in Coke, used borax, baking soda, lemon juice, hanging in the sun, that worked when I had three sunny days, but did not remove it from rubberized material - waist band of underwear, and Lestoil. The last, Lestoil, really got to the ground in dirt and removed a lot of the smell, but not all. None of the others worked. I see using Murphy's oil soap, Fast Orange, etc. on this site. Do they work? How much?

Also, need to rid my apartment fo the odor. Any thoughts? All recommendations appreciated.

By Alden from Somerville, MA


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December 8, 20170 found this helpful

Spray with Nok-Out, a product available on Amazon.

August 7, 20190 found this helpful

My hubby was a diesel mechanic for years. All I had to do was wash his clothes in Tide to remove the smell. However, since using detergent hasn't worked for you, try what a friend of ours had to do.


He had to soak his clothing in vinegar, completely immersing, letting them dry and then washing. Hope this helps.

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