Diesel Fuel Stain and Odor?

My husband brought diesel home from the garage in a can and it spilt in the car. The result is the back seat is saturated and the car is absolutely stinking. Does anyone have any advice on how to get rid of odour and stain?



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By sharon (Guest Post)
January 24, 20054 found this helpful
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My husband is a heavy equipment mechanic and his clothes always smelled like diesel no matter what I used to clean them. One day I was reading one of my online newsletters and someone had written in that an insurance adjuster had told her to clean her household items with Listerine after a fire, and the smell would be gone. He said it would remove almost any odor. I tried it on my husband's clothes and it works great. Now I never wash them without it. I was thinking if your spill is a small one, saturating a paper towel or something like it with Listerine and leaving it in the car for a while might help. It's worth a try. Hope this helps, Sharon

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June 9, 20180 found this helpful

Really good advice. Took all odour in our car!

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August 30, 20190 found this helpful

What if your spill is a big one

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By vwguy (Guest Post)
January 23, 20050 found this helpful

This one is going to be painful, but GET RID OF THE SEAT. The fumes you are ingesting from the diesel into your lungs are petroleum distillates and are doing irrepairable damage. Especially if there are children that ride in the car.


You can always get another from a "pick-and-save" type of auto parts place/wrecker. It doesn't have to match, you can always put a seat cover over it.
Good Luck!

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By Brooxie (Guest Post)
January 24, 20050 found this helpful

Another reason to replace the seat.....the current one is now a big time fire hazard !!!!

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January 24, 20050 found this helpful

My first thought would be to put hubby in the car and send it over a cliff. love patsAZ

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By (Guest Post)
January 25, 20051 found this helpful


I am an Independent Watkins Associate, and we carry two products that may really do the trick for you. I haven't had this problem and haven't tried this, but I do know of people who swear by these products. The first is Stain Pro Grease, Tar & Gum Remover, a high-powerd d-limonene that removes tar, grease, motor oil, and adhesives from clothing, upholstery, and hard surfaces like formica, linoleum, ceramics, and porcelain. The other product is our Odor Zap, a heavy-duty odor neutralizer formulated to permanently eliminate odors like smoke, mildew, paint fumes, or waste matter.


This product is biodegradable, non-toxic, non-corrosive, hypoallergenic and non-staining. It's 100% safe for people, pets, and the environment. I think I would use both - the first for the stain and the second to remove the odor.

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May 18, 20180 found this helpful


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By (Guest Post)
May 23, 20050 found this helpful

Zeolite is the safest odor eliminator known to man!
Natural volcanic zeolite mineral.

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By rob (Guest Post)
October 10, 20050 found this helpful

Diesel fuel spill in truck on cloth seat and plastic. What do I do?

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By Sailor Al (Guest Post)
August 22, 20060 found this helpful

I've heard that mothballs will neutralize (or mask?) the diesel smell. I've put mothballs in the bilge of my boat where there is always a little diesel fuel leakage and it does seem to help.


But if I was in your situation, I would definitely get rid of the seat.

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