How To Get Spilled Gasoline And Its Smell Out Of Your Car

August 20, 2020

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No matter how careful you are, somehow gasoline spills on your clothing or shoes and seeps into your car's interior.  Or the gas can in the trunk leaks the putrid petroleum product and getting rid of the smell of gasoline in your car can be tough and you’ll need to do much more than mask it with a sweetly-scented spray.  The good news is it isn't impossible or difficult to do. All you need to do is mix equal parts baking soda white vinegar and hot water, rub it in the area of spilled gas and wipe it away with a clean rag. If you spill gasoline in the garage, use cat litter to absorb the liquid. The litter will also help combat the smell. Just let the litter soak up the gasoline for a couple of hours, then sweep it up and discard it. Be sure to check with your city’s trash disposal rules to make sure the mixture can be placed in your trash bin. Remember that gasoline is highly flammable and if you spill it on your clothes, be sure to stay clear of any heat source until you can remove them for cleaning. Then let them air dry for 24 hours, preferably outside to rid them of the smell.  If the smell remains, soak the garment in vinegar for an hour and air dry again. Once the item loses that strong gas smell, rub mild dish soap onto the stain and wash the gas-stained garment only (nothing else in the same load) on the hottest cycle possible. Hang the clean clothes to dry.

SOURCE: Reader's Digest

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