Removing Gasoline Smell from Shoes

June 1, 2007

Gasoline CanI stepped in gasoline while filling the car and want to know how to get the gas smell off the bottom of my shoes?

Susan from Chicago



By Katrina (Guest Post)
June 10, 20070 found this helpful

Try straight Simple Green.

February 2, 20190 found this helpful

The only thing I found to work on my new running shoes was scented baby oil. Use cotton ball and generously spread it on the bottom of your shoes

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January 24, 2012

Somehow, gasoline spilled on my brand new shoes. I have washed them in cold water with baking soda and detergent twice to no avail. The smell is still there. What else can be done?

By Michele


January 24, 20121 found this helpful

I would fill a sock with baking soda and stuff it in the shoe, then fill the other sock and put it on top of the shoe. Leave it for a few days and the smell should disappear. I spilled gas on the carpet in the back seat of my car and placed baking soda on it and left it for a few days and the smell disappeared completely.


Try that and see if it works for you.


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January 25, 20120 found this helpful

You can also try filling the sock with cat litter and leaving that in the shoe for a few days.

August 19, 20180 found this helpful

thank you I will try

February 2, 20190 found this helpful

Take a cotton ball and spread scented baby oil on the bottom of the shoes

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July 9, 2020

I have managed to spill gasoline in my shoes when filling up the car. I was wondering how to get the smell out of them. The shoes are made of synthetic.


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July 9, 20200 found this helpful

Soak shoes in Dawn Dish Detergent and water. After a few hours, rinse and air dry! This detergent is a life saver for so many issues. Just make sure that it is Dawn and not the generic.


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July 9, 20200 found this helpful

There are 2 ways I have found that worked best for me to get the smell of gasoline out of clothes or even off of your shoes. One was to use a cotton ball and rub scented baby oil over the surface of the shoes and sit them outside in the sun for a few hours. The second one was to use baking soda on the surface of the shoes and allow them to sit with the baking soda on them.


This can take up to 48-hours before the baking soda pulls the order out of your shoes. If it has gone to the inside of the shoe you will need to put some baking soda on a sock and place it inside the shoe to get rid of the order. You can also use the sock method on the outside of the shoe too.


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July 9, 20200 found this helpful

First: There are all kinds of synthetic shoes but most use some type of glue to hold them together so I'm not sure you can soak your shoes in water/soap for a long period of time.
Any smell that is on the outside can probably be cleaned with blue original Dawn; try using full strength or diluted and rub or brush the complete outside (if your shoes can take this type of treatment). Rinse and let air dry - outside in sunshine if possible.


As to the inside; you could try using cat litter or baking soda; sprinkle inside completely (fill up the shoes if necessary) and place in a bag overnight. Check for odor and if still there; discard litter and place outside for a few hours - strong sunshine is best.

Some people recommend wiping down with white vinegar but I've never tried that - still; it may help.

Also; if you got gasoline in your car, you'll have to remove the mat and do some of the same cleaning as your shoes.

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December 9, 2014

I have managed to spill some petrol which had some 2 stroke in it into my boot, which has a polystyrene decoration in the shape of a tyre. Any ideas on how to get the smell from it? Your help would be appreciated. Kind regards.

By titquinn


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June 5, 20180 found this helpful

You can try a product called Nok-Out. It is available from Amazon.


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June 5, 20180 found this helpful

Fill a sock or cotton glove with either baking soda or activated charcoal, stuff it into the boot and leave it sit in a dry, well ventilated space for several days.

September 8, 20190 found this helpful

Used cascade dishwashing powder. Left it on, put running shoe outside, in a windy area. Seems to have worked. Another brand may also work.

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