Gasoline in Clothes

How do I get gasoline smells out of my clothing? I was pumping gas yesterday and afterwards my clothes and shoes smelled like pure gasoline. I let them soak in the washer over night, but the smell is still there. Any suggestions?



Melody's picture

I also tried several times to no solution, vinegar, baking soda, AF Bleach, and enough detergent to do a weeks worth of laundry, my husbands clothes still were smelling up the house, try simple green, it works on everything, and it smells better than gas. Also be sure to use it in an empty load to get the smell out of machine. good luck.

Guest's picture

Please tell me if the coke worked to get rid of the gasoline smell -- I am hesitant to put in new washing machine -- just put in the soap dispenser? hope it (and the gasoline) doesn't damage the machine. And is it true about the fumes and whether a spark can ignite the washing machine?

Barclay's picture

From the Tide website:

To remove gas (petrol) smell from clothing, soak overnight in baby oil (use like you would downy), then wash in baking soda, then wash with normal detergent. It will rid "gas smell" from an entire basket of clothes. Air Dry ONLY

From ehow website:
Buy a bottle of baby oil. Since gas is an oil based product it is going to take an oil based product to clean the gas out of your clothing. Baby oil is a great product to use as it shouldn't, in most cases, cause further damage to your clothing.
Soak your clothes with a bit of laundry detergent, water, and a generous portion of baby oil. Also dab some right on the stain before soaking.
Swash your clothes in the water for a while and let them sit for about five minutes. Transfer the clothes into your washer, once again remembering not to mix them with any other clothing, and let the cycle finish.
Wash the clothes. If you have a top load washer, let it partially fill up about 1/4 of the way with water. Put some of the baby oil in the wash with the clothes and swash it around a bit. Once the washer cycle begins, add the detergent and let the cycle finish. Make sure that your gas coated clothes are the only clothes you put in the wash.
Dry your clothing. Make sure you only AIR DRY on a clothes line these clothes. It could take more than one wash to get all the oil out of your clothing. If you use the dryer after the first, or even the second time, you could risk starting a fire in your dryer.
Check and see if any smell remains in your clothing. If the smell of gas remains on the clothing repeat the wash with baby oil again until the smell is gone.

Guest's picture

mine is more of a question than a answer, but when i was pumping gas for a friend yesterday i mistakely started to remove the hose when a little gas hits the ground and splashes a little on her car,but i didn't think any got on me, but the fumes stayed around, so will these hints work also for that as if i did get gas on me?

Guest's picture

RE: Gas Smell on Clothing
Post By nab (Guest Post) (02/08/2008)

I found this post on another blog:
Perfect solution.
Dawn direct Foam, apple vinegar, two cans beer.
1)set water level to medium
2)add six squirts of dawn
3)add 2 cups apple cider vinegar (smells nicer than other vinegar)
4)run normal cycle
5)drink the two beers

Personally, I will be substituting a nice glass of chardonnay in step 5!

Also, most recommend completely air drying garment before attempting any sort of cleaning.
Hope this helps!

Guest's picture

Today I spilled gas on my clothes-went in a store and practically choked everone out-I realized it was me-came home and stripped and washed myself and clothes-they still smell so are in for a second wash. I will get some coke and do that later tonite as I can't this minute.

My question-since I washed that gas down the drain w/soap-is it safe in my sewer line-I mean-my house won't go kaboom will it-with that dissolved gas in the water?

any answers appreciated

:) a bit scared here

Guest's picture

1) Hydrogen Peroxide (found at Walgreens, Jewel, etc.)
2) Baking Soda (found at Walgreens, Jewel, etc.)
3) Liquid soap any fragrance you like (found at Walgreens, Jewel, etc.)

Mix 2 parts of Hydrogen Peroxide to 1 part Baking Soda and add few drops of soap.

It might be a little work but it also works on skunk smell. It is also safe to use in kitchen and bathroom.

(do not mix in a closed container)

tesajene's picture

The best and cheapest way to get any fuel out of clothing is to use a 20 oz. bottle of Coca-Cola (you can use more, if needed). I know it might sound strange but it works. After 8 years of working with Petroleum products in the Army, I know this works VERY well!

SmBizMan's picture

Going to try coke on my trousers is spilled gasoline on. You people are ridiculous if you aren't willing to "waste" a can of coke to clean out the smell.. Which is more important? your $35 work pants, or a 40 cent can of Coke?

Also, I have a question. I have a High efficiency washer... will the coke do OK in there? i'm going to put it in

USAFmech's picture

Use a 12 ounce can of Coke, (It has to be Coca Cola, not Pepsi or any other Cola brand)..Ive been using it for years with jet fuel, kerosene and gasoline smells, works great with any laundry detergent!...It also can be used a degreaser!

Lynn's picture

From reader Snowbird:

I would try adding about a cup of white vinegar to the washing machine during the last rinse cycle. Its a great fabric softner too!

Guest's picture

Soaking your clothes overnight in water, Coke, and baking soda works great! Had very smelly clothes and shoes....tried it...and no smell anymore. Cleaned my leather shoes with a cloth and Simple Green Concentrate.

I filled the washer about half full, added 5 cans of Coke, and a box of baking soda.

Hope this helps someone.

Guest's picture

I would love to know if the coke thing worked as well. My husband is in the USAF and smells of lovely lovely jet fuel as does my washer. We have a newborn son and I am in dire need of a solution NOW!

morcar's picture

I know this is an old post, but...


I found a product at the Home Depot called Nature's Orange. The label said it was OK for treating laundry stains and for using as a laundry booster. I poured about a cup into the wash and nothing else. I did that about 3 times and the gas smell is gone. To get rid of the orange degreaser smell, I did a few plain white vinegar washes, then regular detergent & fabric softener.

NOTE: This was AFTER I tried detergent, white vinegar and baking soda (and various combinations thereof) in about 7 washes, all to no avail. The orange degreaser came to me as an inspiration after I read that since gasoline (petrol) is an oil-based product, I should try an oil-based solution. I was about to use baby oil (which I read about) when I thought about the orange degreaser idea.

Anyway, if you want to try this, I just recommend reading the label of whichever orange degreaser you find & err on the safe side - make sure it's OK for laundry use.

OH - remember, if you think your clothes may still smell a little of gasoline (like you're not quite sure) just DON'T put them in the dryer as the dryer may spark a fire. Line dry and air them, and then do a sniff test after.

GOOD LUCK to anyone else who may need this in the future!

jennye's picture

This is a frequent problem here. The best thing I found was some degreaser detergent. It's found in the automotive aisles and in a purple jug. But for the life of me, I can't remember exactly what it is called, I ran out a few weeks ago! I wanna say it's by Castrol? Just dump a cup in with your detergent.

mpmcincy's picture

You might want to try Febreeze Laundry Odor Eliminator. This has worked on some pretty smelly clothes...

curio's picture

please tell me if the coke worked to get rid of the gasoline smell -- i feel the same way about coke, but will sacrifice a can if it works. am hesitant to put in new washing machine (HE) -- just put in the soap dispenser? hope it (and the gasoline) doesn't damage the machine. thanks!

ashley mae's picture

Your comment on gasoline in clothes being an oil base may have saved my life! I wash my clothes at a laundromat and something got in them that is making my mouth burn. I have spent tons of money washing them in many combinations to no avail. Your recommendation makes perfect sense. I am greatful for your inspiration!!!

jennye's picture

I heard about the coke thing for greasy clothes! I may have to try it! Will other kinds of coke (diet, zero) work on it, or will pepsi or sam's cola work? Does it have to be real live original formula Coke? It's just I worship a good ol' real coke. I can't live without it. It's my coffee in the morning, and it goes along with my lunch. And on weekends for family movie night it goes with my popcorn. I guard it carefully and buy generic for the kids so they won't drink my precious drops of coke. And I just may cry if I pour a good one into my washing machine or the toilet (because I also read it's really good on toilet stains). I love coke. Did I mention that already? I want to marry a coke and have it's children.

Sorry, did I get carried away? LOL!

jennye's picture

Ok, I'll trust your judgement and try it. Thanks for the tip! Married to a farmer, we get tons of grease and diesel and oil spilt on clothes. But I may cry while doing it. LOL!


JEFF LOOPER's picture

Do not put gas in your washing machine ever!!!! It can explode in there and we dont want that.

Guest's picture

No, most houses have a vent that vent all of the gases out the top of your house. 8)

Guest's picture

I just tried coke on my forearm and hands after spilling gas and I think it worked great - I just put a whole can of coke in my washer so hope my pants come out clean !

Guest's picture

I tried the Coke trick last did NOT work, dang it. I poured half of a 2 liter bottle into my front loading washing machine, with some rags, added detergent and fabric softener, and ran it on a normal cycle. When it was done, I opened the door and it STILL stunk like gas. :-(

Simi's picture

As a property manager, I know that front-loaders do not agitate clothes. Although it preserves the clothing, you probably want to agitate clothes which are permeated with gasoline or gas odor. So, beg/borrow a top-loader or agitate the clothing (with coke or whatever) in a BIG bucket, using your professionally-gloved hands and arms to do the agitating. If you do borrow a top-loader, be sure to run it a second time to rid the machine of any gas smell. A nice neighborly thing to do.

Good luck!

Dundogg's picture

I doubt it will cause any harm to your drain. Fire needs oxygen to burn and there is very little of that in your pipes, unless you have been pushing air down there with a compressor. (I can think of several other reasons why this is a bad idea) This is also why you don't have to worry about your gas tank exploding from an errent spark every time you start your car.


gailz333's picture

The only thing I do is put the clothes in the sun until the smell is gone. I call it sun-laundering and it is the only thing I've tried that works.
Nothing else works for my husband's work clothes that have jet fuel fumes in them.

Guest's picture

Thanks it worked! i ended up having to use diet coke because the store at my college ran out of regular coke and it still worked :)

Guest's picture

My issue was a blanket with gas on it. It was in my van when the gas can spilled and the lid was not on tight enough. (Thankfully the blanket took the brunt of the gasoline so the van doesn't smell). I washed the blanket 3 times with regular soap then got on line to see what was suggested. I then soaked the blanket over night in the washer with water and a half of a 2-liter of diet coke...didn't work. Ugh. It's been outside hanging in the sun all day yesterday and I'll probably leave it out there until it rains or snows again.

Christine14's picture

I washed a load of laundry with one gas stained item and infected the whole load of clothes. I read through all the tips here and I dumped directly on top of the clothes (have an HE front loader machine) : one can of coke, a box of baking soda, and a splash of apple cider vinegar. It came out smelling clean!! Thanks everyone!

Guest's picture

That does not work...I've tried it.

Marie Williams's picture

Will it also work for leather shoes? My husband was wearing his sperry boat shoes outside and spilled gas on them.

Guest's picture

I tried the coke in the laundry when my clothes had gasoline on them. Either there are critical details missing in the description or somebody's trying to sell more coke - either way - no luck at all. I had some success with dawn dishwashing liquid, but it did not completely get rid of the gasoline odor. (My clothes are still wet from this and I intend to try the simple green next. I also plan to drop by my local auto parts store and see if they have any suggestions. I'd just give up and burn the clothes, but my favorite pair of jeans are in there ;)

pdulac's picture

I was riding my Harley this morning and pulled into a gas station to fill up. I set my helmet on the handle bars and started to pump the gas and ended up splashing some on the leather piece that connects to the chin strap. I rode home without the helmet on and began searching online till I found this suggestion. I filled a shallow bowl with full octane Coca-Cola and let the helmet sit sides in it to cover the leather piece. An hour later the smell was gone. Great suggestion!

harpertoo's picture

:( Me & my husband own a gas station, he was changing a filter on one of the pumps and some of the pressure was still in the line and he got a real good soaking (luckly no one decided to toss a lit cigarette at him)
He went home and put all his clothes in our utility sink to soak along with Dawn detergent. I then rinsed, removed and put in my HE washer, NOT a good move on my I have smelly clothes and a smelly washing machine. I tried Coke, Apple Cider Vinegar & baking soda.....NONE of these ideas work...I am on day 4 of soaking these clothes, as I don't want to toss out because they are monogramed. I was able to get the smell out of my washer for the most part after multiple washings. With these clothes sitting in my laundry room...the smell is choking us all, I ended up adding more dawn soap and a whole container of Arm & Hammer carpet least the smell isn't as bad....I figure I'll give it another day or so soaking (changed the water everyday)and see if I will be able to save these clothes. Wish me luck ! :)

Mary Zylo's picture

I tried Simple Green. I washed it twice with Simple Green and Oxyclean. Then aired it for weeks. It still smells.

Matt Wallis's picture

i used about 1/8 cup of dawn dish soap and also a full dose of tide laundry detergent and it worked after 2 washes. ;) oh i used hot HOT/cold water cycle on my washer.

Guest's picture

:grin: This technique worked for me! I had a fleece blanket that smelled very strongly like someone had poured kerosene or gasoline on it (right out of the package). I washed it at least three times with detergent and baking soda and hung it outside in the sun for hours to no avail. I run a bed and breakfast out of my home and was about to just pitch the blanket because it was so noxious smelling. Then I tried this and it worked! I soaked the blanket in hot water and about 1/4 cup baby oil (that is the amount I had left in a bottle) for about 6 hours in a large sink agitating it by hand every once in a while. I neglected to put detergent in this soaking solution, merely because I overlooked that aspect in the directions. I then washed the blanket in hot water with about 1 cup of plain old baking soda. Then I washed it again with just detergent. Yea! I don't have to throw away a brand new blanket! Thank you so much!

Joyce807's picture

:) We just had a wheelbarrow fall off of the garage wall and hit the gas can and spill it all over a box of brand new softball team shirts. After reading all the solutions, we washed them in cola, baking soda and apple cider vinegar about 3 different times with the smell getting less but still there. Then we washed them again with those same things and added simple green and half a bottle of mouthwash. After that they were almost done, but we then sprayed them with Febreeze and they still smelled good this morning after being hung in a closed closet over night, so pretty sure this all did the trick. Hope this helps anyone that has this horrible problem. My husband has been in the cleaning business for his whole life (72 years), and had no idea what to do until we found this website.

Guest's picture

The automotive Degrees-er Is Purple Power.

It is a great Laundry, General household cleaner and is good with driveway's, and any other Oil based mess! For really bad laundry, I use one cup in with the cloths, running a full cycle. Then I do a double rinse with white or apple vinegar.

Guest's picture

Web site I read years ago insisted the Coca-Cola Co. uses Coke to keep company vehicles in good working order and clean office toilets. If true, I certainly see the logic in using it to remove gasoline odors and will try it.

Matches's picture

The coke did not work!

Bobb's picture

Thanks for your tips. My gas smell was very strong, so I rubbed it with baby oil, then soaked in hot water with Dr Bronners 18 in1 Tea Tree soap. It is oil based and worked great, Murphy's oil soap may work also.

Ms. Hen's picture

I used the coke during the wash cycle and white vinegar during the rinse cycle(with my downy) and the smell came right out. Thank you because the smell was killin us!!!!!! I didn't trust the other brands I used the real Coca-Cola!!!!

Jenn's picture

I have been washing my husbands smelly gas clothes now for 2 days, and I came across this post. I had one bottle left of a 20oz. Coke so I decided to give it a whirl, and the SMELL CAME OUT!!!!! from now on, I will have a Coke in the frig for this very reason.

Stacey W.'s picture

do you remember how much coke and how much vinegar you used for 1 load of wash? Thanks!

Guest's picture

Is that true that we can't wash clothes (dirt) with gasoline in the wash machine? After we wash and take off the gas smell can we wash in the wash machine and dry in the dryer?

rio's picture

I just read that a little baby oil with the laundry detergent and no other clothes but the ones with gas, gets gas out due to it being an oil base. also don't dry them until it's all out, about two washings, because you could start a fire.


Guest's picture

Just yesterday I put gas in the car and later realized that I had been standing in what was obviously, a puddle of gasoline. Because of all the snow on the groud and sluch etc. I later noticed that my shoes and "new" black pants smelled like gasoline.
My question is, one, does the Coke really work and do I put it in with detergent or do I put it directly on the pants? And, as for my boots, are they pretty much "gone" or is there some way that I can clean them. They are made of swede material...faily new also! Help!!!

monika's picture

Stay tuned. If the coke works, I'll let you all know.
Very desperate at this point.

Guest's picture

I spilled gasoline on my clothing at the service station and could not remove the smell even after washing twice with a baking soda and a double rinse cycle each time.

Here is what worked...

1. Washed with half a 2 liter of Coke, Cheer detergent and double rinse cycle. Still smelled of gasoline.

2. Washed again with the rest of the 2 liter of Coke, Cheer detergent and double rinse cycle with vinegar added during each rinse. Still smelled.

3. I ran out of Coke so I washed with a can of Diet Coke, Tide detergent, baking soda and double rinse cycle with vinegar added during each rinse. NO SMELL of gasoline!! YAY!

chaya's picture

Is it dangerous to put the clothes in the dryer?

Valory's picture

ya'll are soo funny. I saw baking powder, vinegar, simple green and coke (that killed me lol) My husband changed a fuel filter and got soaked with gas. Already washed them twice and they still smell, going to try simple green, then coke and vinegar in the rinse, will update.

Guest Kelly's picture

Ok, since you all were giving out pretty much the same advice, I didn't read to the end. Until of course, I already started the wash in the machine & my basement smells like a refinery!!!! So now what?
1, Will the smell comeout of the basement?
2. Will the drain line be contaminated? How do I flush it?
3. Do i know have to be concerned with someone walking in my house with a lit cigarette or a spark of some sort??

Guest's picture

I have an HE washing machine and it has a "clean washer" function - you're supposed to put 2/3 cup of bleach every month - that takes the gasoline smell out of the washer (but unfortunately I can't use it for the clothes...they are coloured fabrics - darn).

geust's picture

:jawdrop: well, have a washer full of clothes, ruined because of gas , so coke it is :grin: , nothing else to loose .
some times the simplest things work the best ....will let you know .

mj's picture

I tried the coke- worked on clothes that had already been washed about 7 times, but not on "fresh" ones. I tried vinegar- didn't work. I used a half bottle of pinesol on my clothes and it got the smell out the first time. I did wash again with regular detergeant and fabric softener to get the pinesol smell out.

I also tried Oxyclean, dawn, and a mixture of the two, but it didn't do anything.

Alanna's picture

I got gas all over my clothes today. I have washed them 5 times and they still smell. I tried 2 times with baby oil and once with vinegar with the detergent and none of it worked. Im going to try coke and baking soda and vinegar in the rinse cycle and hope that works.

Guest's picture

I was filling up my car when I noticed that some gas a spilled out and went all over my good work pants. I immediately thru them in the wash with the regular detergent, but after the load was done I could still really smell the gas.
My husband had suggested that I just put them in the dryer for a while (since that was all he used to do when that happened to him) and that should do it, since the heat from the dryer would make the smell of gas evaporate.

Well I tried it and add a few other clothes in the dryer to help it dryer quicker along with a softener sheet, and low and behold it worked! The clothes will not catch on fire in the dryer, and you can wash them first then put them in the dryer, (I think the softener sheet helps with the odour as well)

Guest's picture

If the clothes are SOAKED in gas, wait until they are dry to wash.
The amount of residual gas required to make them smell bad is tiny - not enough to burn.

Once they are dry, (shouldn't take too long, gas evaporates very quickly) you can wash them in a washing machine in the normal way without any danger to the machine or your drains/sewers. Once they are finished washing, you can then dry them in a dryer.

AK's picture

OK, the coke did not work ugh help?

Guest's picture

DO NOT wash gas soaked clothes in the washing machine. I did and I had a small explosion in my washing machine. The lid blew off and the fumes also traveled through my heat ducts all over the house. It moved a wall in my basement. What a mess. I'm lucky it didn't catch on fire!!

Guest's picture

Bullshit. There is nothing inside a washing machine to produce a spark; there is not enough gas on the clothes when submerged in 20 Gallons or more of water to ignite. This fool obviously is simply seeking to scare people with this nonsensical story which amounts to nothing more than the promotion of a farce and playing on fears of the ignorant. Even his description of his 'small explosion' is clearly fictitious. What a jerk.

Guest's picture

Thanks for all of the tips! I accidentally washed my clothes in Black Magic tire cleaner and tire wet, which is petroleum based and contains silicone. I tried a concoction of stuff you all suggested that I had in my house and soaked my clothes in the laundry tub: diet coke, dawn dishwashing soap, baby oil, baking soda, Wisk pretreat. I also tried bleach, Smelly Washer and Febreeze in the washer. I did not try vinegar or Simple Green. I then aired my clothes outside overnight. I think maybe 75% of the smell was gone, but it was still there. I then got a laundry degreaser called Jungle Jake professional grade, concentrated. The store also had one called Grease Lightning. It worked on my clothes and in my washer...YAY! Next time I will skip the other stuff and start with the degreaser first. Note: I knew that you weren't supposed to put items with petroleum in the dryer, but my HE washer also said not to put those items the washer either.

Guest's picture

Buy new clothes.

Guest's picture

Wow. Give me some of the money you prefer to throw away and maybe I will replace my husband's work clothes. Geeeze.

Thank U All's picture

:? I bought a skirt at Marshalls and laundered it. It wreaked so bad after I washed it. It smelled up the laundry that was in with it. The smell penetrates a plastic garbage bag. I called Marshalls and asked 'em if they had others have the same thing happen ... because I know their bedding/sheets stink like petrol.

Anyway I'm trying the Simple Green for the machine. The machine is only a year old.

I will post if it worked or not.

Guest's picture

I did dawn and vinegar..... worked like a charm :grin:

Guest's picture

When I was a kid my dad put some gas soaked rags in a GAS washer and it exploded! So likely shouldn't put gas soaked things in a gas washer or dryer. I just washed gas soaked clothes in my electric front loading washer without cheking the WWW first, big mistake. It didn't explode but didn't get the gas out of the clothes and now smells like gas. Thanks to all for sharing your tips, I am confident I will find a solution.

Guest's picture

Your Dad didn't get a washing machine to explode, there is no such thing as a GAS washer. The water is heated at the water heater, not the washing machine you fool! Where do you idiot liars come from? GAS washer, what's next you moron, a gas powered toothbrush that your brother blew his head off with because he was smoking while brushing his two teeth? Go back under your rock you fool!

Guest's picture

YES there is such a thing as a gas washer. My uncle had one on the farm, he didn't have electricity, and my neighbor has one at his hunting cabin.

Guest's picture

There are gas washing machines. Google it, stupid!

Joel's picture


I found all your comments helpful. What worked for me on my Bosch front loader washer was Simple Green. Yes, I put it in the three trays( detergent, bleach, and softener) and it got the 'gasoline smell' out of the washer tub! Yeah!!! I am currently letting the pants outside to air out and then decide what my next move is. Thanks all for your suggestions.

Joel S.

Guest's picture

Thanks Joel! I tried the Simple Green in my Bosch front loader HE washer and it worked! I am so relieved! I was worried about the suds so the first time I sprayed a good bit over the drum and the rubber. It still smelled a little after running it so I poured it in the detergent tray while the water was running, then half filled the bleach & fabric softener.

Guest's picture

I spilled gasoline on my sneakers, pants and socks two weeks ago. I let everything sit in the garage until today. I washed everything in my front-load washer with one can of regular Coke and a box of baking soda--no detergent. The smell is GONE!! I think letting the gasoline evaporate for two weeks made a difference! Good luck!

Kat7's picture

My leather coat & boots were saturated with gasoline, I put them outside and 24 hours later there was no smell - it was 26 degrees. My jeans were soaked also, I used Dawn, Coke & baking soda in the wash & vinegar in rinse cycle - it worked. Thanks for all the tips.

Guest's picture

:? does the coke thing work for BUNKER FUEL?

kelectica's picture

trying simple green, seems to be making headway. nervous about drying it and air drying it seems like a good idea if its sunny tomorrow.

will keep you posted

kelectica's picture

well simple green worked for the clothes that got gasoline on them from being washed with the doused pants. Other than that, waiting for the smell to evaporate is the best I can do.

Guest's picture

i used a generator the other day and didnt have truck to put it in so it was inside the car all day with me now my clothes smell like gas its very strong they have been sitting outside for a couple of days and we tried to wash them that didnt work please help it was my fav outfit

guest's picture

:? Couldn't decide what to try so I am soaking my clothes in white vinager, detergent, baking soda, and lemon juice!! I'm really hoping SOMETHING works lol!!!

thatsarachick's picture

My son actually spilled a gallon of gas on his sheepskin lined coat, so it was BAD... soaked up a lot of gas & I didn't think ANYTHING was going to work.. tried a lot of things. What finally did the trick, was Pine Sol & Crystal dish detergent. I pre-soaked a couple times in the washer w/ the Crystal & some baby oil, then used Pine Sol for one pre-soak & then washed normally & it totally all came out! Maybe that'll work for you!

Guest's picture

I was getting gas and when the tank was full I went to hang up the handle and the HOSE DISCONNECTED from the handle!! The hose flipped all around before I got someone to turn the pump off and sprayed gas on my shoes, coat and pants. I have tried detergent,febreze, vinegar, in several washes. Still some odor there. The shoes are the worst. I will try the baby oil and the coke to see if that helps.
By the way the manager at the gas station responded with... well thing break from wear and tear you know...and was not willing to assist with any costs. She did (very begrudgingly) give me some money for the spilled gas that I was charged got.

I sure hope the coke works.

G girl's picture

I googled this forum, while looking for a method to remove gas from my new jacket and slacks. On the same day as the spill, I washed everything in a 32 oz bottle of coke and baking powder, I did this twice without a rinse cycle. I then added 16 oz of vinegar, and again went thru the wash twice before rinsing. I this went thru a complete wash and rinse cycle, wash my items one more time with vinegar and detergent and the smell was totally removed.

Tanner's picture

:O im 9 my mom had the same problem she was taking the sprayer out of the car and it sprayed her
all over i dont know how she got the smell out though

Guest's picture

Be sure to check the care label on your clothing before using vinegar(or any other cleaner for that matter). Some fire-retardant clothing specifies not to wash with acidic additives.

Gordon7's picture

For gas smell on clothes pour on 409 liberally on affected area. Let soak for twenty minutes(outside)in a bucket. Then wash on a medium load with warm water. Rinse twice. Hang dry.

Guest's picture

At the gas station, I was filling up my car with gas. When gas intake automatically stopped, I pulled the spout out. It was still on! It splashed gas on the front of my brand new down coat and my jeans. (And my car, the ground...)

Before reading this blog, I washed the coat and jeans in my top load washer with regular Tide detergent. Once done, Everything still smelled like gas. Then I found this blog. I now put the coat in the garage to air out for a week or two. Will try to wash it later. For the jeans, I tried a second wash with tide detergent, 1/4 cup baby oil, and one scoop Oxiclean. All the gas smell is gone after the second wash! The jeans are ready to wear!

Today I am picking up Coke, Simply Green, Baking Soda, Dawn, 409, and Cider Vinegar to try. I don't want to try the baby oil as I am worried this would affect the down feathers. More when try this on the coat!

Guest's picture

:? my son dropped a gas can on his hockey equipment. any ideas as to how to remove the smell off all his stuff? its not like i can throw them in the washer. please help!!!!

Guest's picture

Leave the equipment outside for a week or so. I got gas on my coat and I just had to wait until it evaporated. There was a noticeable difference after just a few days.

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For those who are just dead set against coke, my grams used ginger ale, apple cider vinegar and baking soda. It's what I use in my HE washer, one washer with this, then one with detergent. Has worked for 3 generations of oil field workers...

JJ Henry's picture

My odor removing secret is Room Shocker. I have had a lot of success with it. It is an odor eliminator that works like a fumigation bomb. It really works, is environmentally friendly, and super easy to use. You definitely have to check it out at

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Coke, a little bit of dawn, some baking soda, and some normal laundry detergent saved my boyfriends brand new castleX jacket! He put it on an ice auger and when the wind blew... There goes 2cycle mixed gas all over it! He didn't know and it soaked it all up for 4 hours.. Yuck! Thanks everybody for the input and ideas! It worked splendid! :)

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I read through the comments and many hold some truth. The gas itself is not the smell. The smell is benzine and if you can smell gas, you have already been exposed to well over the ppm's since your permitted exposure is 100ppm and your nose doesn't smell it until 10ppm.
Benzine is an aromic additive and gasoline is at the middle of the refining process and contains light ends but it is still and oil. It does evaporate at a very low temp so leaving outdoors for a few days in the sun and breeze would work.
The baby oil and orange oil work as an emulsifier but would work better on grease or motor oil than gas.
Ammonia works great as an emulsifier on oils. That is why it cleans light oils so well but it takes time and if I was going to use it in the wash I would let it soak overnight with 4-5 cups in the wash.
Dawn (not anything else) breaks the water tension as well as emulsifies the oils.
Vinegar and Cola (any cola would work because they all use phosphoric acid) work by chemically breaking down the gas and oxygenating it so it can be wisked away with the water but adding laundry soap will lower the Ph and thus render it less than effective.
Best try is add ammonia (4c) and vinegar (5c) and put it on "HOT" let it run for 5min to mix it up then turn off for an hour. Return and finish the cycle. Now run a regular cycle wish detergent, a squirt of dawn and a fabric softener.

JJ Henry's picture

Room Shocker is the best product I have used to handle nasty odors. It’s an odor eliminator so it doesn’t cover the smell with perfumes; it actually kills the smell at its source. It’s super easy to use and environmentally friendly, so no harsh chemicals. Check it out at

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:) Try your friendly dry cleaner

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I've been using Pinesol to get oil stains out of clothing for years. I was given this tip when I was a teenager by my friend's dad that owns a dry cleaner business. All those T-shirts with oil spots, just dab straight pinesol on the stain and launder it twice. The first time gets the stain out, the second time gets the pinesol smell out.

So it made sense to me to try pinesol and vinegar on gas odor, since pinesol gets the oil out, and vinegar neutralizes just out any odor you can throw at it.

Washing clothing with gas fumes will not make your washer explode. Just don't put them in the drier until the fumes are gone.

Guest's picture

I have the same thing i see was that everyone who said they were gonna post if their solution worked or not, never did.

So I wound up throwing half a liter of coke, a box of baking soda, and vinegar and detergent into my wash....did NOT work!!!!

Next is SimpleGreen and Oxiclean mixed worked.

If youre gonna post, please post the result too. It helps us that have the same issue and need guidance and dont wind up throwing everything under the sun into their wash. Thanks

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"If you spill gasoline on your clothing: Avoid open flames. As soon
as you can, thoroughly wet the gasolinesoaked clothing and then remove the clothing
slowly (to avoid ignition by static electricity).
Take a shower, bathing contaminated
skin with warm (not
hot) water and soap.
Change into clean
clothes. The soiled
clothing should be
aired OUTSIDE for 24
hours, then washed
in lots of soapy, lukewarm water."

Sara C's picture

My husband put an item in the washer shortly after spilling gas on it. I did not discover this until the next day. Item was washed twice in hot water--still smells of gas so I put it outside to air out.

However, the smell has remained in the washer though I have tried Simple Green, vinegar & ammonia, vinegar & baking soda and just detergent (all in hot water). I am washing raggy towels that I don't mind throwing away and stuff is still coming out smelling like gas.

Help! I am afraid to use the washer for anything else until the smell is gone and must have run 7 cycles today.

Josh Illian's picture

I followed the advice of pouring in a 12 oz can of Coke (actually Coke Zero), along with detergent, and that worked extremely well.

I had washed the clothes twice prior to this, and they still smelled like gasoline. The Coke, really seemed to do the charm.

Colleen Anne's picture

Hubby hunts and fishes. While hefting the gas tank from the boat, the cap came off and.....y'all know the rest. He thought he was being helpful when he threw the clothes in the washer. Sigh. He did, at least, soak the clothes overnight in a bucket of simple green. Not sure if that helped any, but he gets an "A" for effort.
I could fuel a small car on the fumes from my washer. I tried detergent and simple green, and, before reading this blog, I doused the cothes in washing soda. It's maybe better by 10 percent. I'm more worried about the machine. The clothes are soaking in Coca Cola, and will be thrown into the machine tonight along with a ton of vinegar. I WILL post the results.

Amelia's picture

Yesterday while filling up my 20-gallon tank, I was surprised when the pump didn't stop automatically around 15 or 16 gallons like it normally does. (Though I was driving on empty, I never go past 16-ish). By the time the meter reached 18 gallons/almost 70 bucks, I decided to call it a day... and when I pulled out the pump, those extra 2 gallons of gas exploded all over me, soaking through my jeans and knit shirt.

I've run the wash 8 times. I've been through 2 liters of Coke, 2 boxes of baking soda, and a liter of white vinegar. The clothes are now soaking with 32 oz. coke, a box of baking soda, and Dawn. I plan to rinse with white vinegar.

If this doesn't work... what should I do???

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Like several people here, I too was splashed with gas (man that stuff burns).

After 3-4 washes with just laundry soap and vinegar, which didn't work at all, I ended up making a concoction of a can pepsi (no, you don't have to use coke), a cup or so of lemon juice, and just for good measure, I threw in some mouthwash (minty fresh :-) ). Sloshed them around a bit with my hands (gotta remember to use gloves), let them soak for about 1/2 hour, ran them thru the wash cycle w/soap and then set them outside in the sun for a couple hours to dry. After that, all I could smell was the mouthwash.

Just washed them again tonight in a regular load with other clothes, and all the smells are gone, including the mouthwash. This concoction also worked to get the smell out of the washer.

Ellis Post's picture

Pumping gas and it came gushing out all over my favorite outfit. Threw leather shoes & purse away :( but HAD to save the clothes. Aired out for a day. Soaked in Dawn for a day. Hung out to dry. Took to dry cleaners. Problem solved. :)

M. Gardner's picture

Hey there all you fellow gasoline-spill victims. My story is we bought new gas cans to take fuel down to Hurricane Sandy victims, put them in the trunk of my car, and somehow one of them tipped over en route and had emptied out onto the carpeting covering the trunk of the car and soaked through everything. :jawdrop: I actually had to cut the carpeting out, and have scrubbed it with Dawn and hosed it down, then liberally sprinkled baking soda on it. It's still hanging on my deck railing, still smelling.

No luck on that yet, but what really is a problem is the carpeting lining the walls in my car trunk. Any suggestions on how to deal with that? I can't throw that in the wash. The smell as I've driven to work and back is really giving me a headache! :sick: Thanks so much for any help.

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Washed a load of clothes with a pair of socks that I'm not exactly sure how were soaked in gas/kerosene (something with a strong gas-like odor)Don't ask why I didn't just throw out the socks!!!! I don't know.
Washed the clothes several times with just clothes detergent and still smelled. Today I tried above suggestions with a combination of 1 can of diet coke, half a bottle of the apple cider vinegar, and baking soda. (was a small load) It worked! Smell is gone! So.....THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all the suggestions!

Matt Wallis's picture

After reading all the different solutions to getting Gasoline out of your cloths i found the solution. a few mentioned oil based products and one tried that Fantastic orange stuff. I am familiar with that when working in the shop on my truck. I use that stuff to clean the grease off my hands, Works amazingly! only i don't have any and need my clothes for work today!! so here is what i did:

On my first attempt i used just normal detergent.. that didn't work. so then I thought, Dawn dish soap is a degrease product. So then i mixed about 1/8 cup i would guess of Dawn with a full loads worth of normal detergent. THAT WOrked! my mom says only dawn would work but i didn't try any others so .. she is usually right.

any way no smell at all of gas. 100% back to my normal smell after just 2 washes! hope this works for you guys.

oh i used liquid tide detergent... not sure if the type or brand makes a difference in the results either.

oh and i just used the dryer.. but uh as a disclaimer if your house goes up in flames.. its not my fault.

Ms. Galvez's picture

After reading most of everyones recommendations I tried coke and vinegar and it worked!
Overnight I soaked my gasoline smelling clothes in 1/2 liter coke and 1/2 apple vinegar And filled up bucket with water. The next morning I threw them in the washer with arm and hammer and oxy clean booster and my regular detergent. My clothes smell fresh and are in good condition...YEAH!

Good luck!

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My honey works on 18 wheelers so I'm used to him coming home smelly and dirty. Last night he was changing out the fuel line on his own truck and gasoline got all over him. He put his clothes in the washing machine and left it open to air dry. I have washed these clothes four times, with laundry soap and vinegar. I have a killer headache from this smell. I can't air dry or air them out because there is 2 ft. of snow outside and its freezing. I am now soaking the clothes in Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda (Yay science class volcano in my washer), half a bottle of Ajax dish soap and the smell is either going away or I am getting used to it.

My electric dryer has a warning label that says it will explode if I put gas soaked clothes in it, so I'm scared to dry them. I guess I will wash these clothes infinitely.

If it doesn't work I guess I'll be picking up a bottle of coke on my way home tomorrow.

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:( I was opening up the car, which had a gas can on the seat (don't ask me why my husband put it there, please, sigh), and it started to fall. I put my hand out to stop it, and my sleeve brushed the side of the gas can, getting a very tiny amount of gas on my sleeve. Great. Now the sleeve smells like gasoline, and I'm afraid to use anything harsh on the down jacket. >:( Help?

Guest g-ma's picture

;) i really appreciate reading all y'alls ideas on how to get the smell of gas out of your stuff. i am going to try some or all of these things to get the smell of gas out of our clothes. i do not have a great story about how often or how much the smell of gas has been on our clothes, but i do know that no one in my house knows anything about the smell of gas. unless it is their own. i will keep y'all posted. nice talking to you.

Reanna's picture

My mother-in-law gave us two bags of baby clothes for our unborned child and my husband put them in the back of his truck that had two gas cans in it. One fell over and got all over the bags of clothes. (I haven't told her yet. I fear that woman.) So I put them in the washer last night when we got home and then put them in the dryer (nothing exploded) but they still smell like gas. I put them in the washer again with some laundry soap and then started reading these posts. So I put them through the washer again with some apple cider vinegar and baking soda. I'm going to go check and see if that worked...


The smell seems to be fainter but I just did another load with just Dawn dish soap since it seemed to work for that other guy. Here's to hoping!

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Hi! If the dish soap works I would recommend washing the clothes once more with Dreft and put about 1/4 c. white vinegar in with the rinse cycle just to make sure everything is out completely....only because your baby will be wearing the clothes and they are a lot more sensitive to fumes and soap residue. Congrats by the way!!

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Would Dishwasher powder work? Or would it ruin the washing machine?
I am currently trying ginger ale, arm and hammer washing soda, borax and about 1/4 c Resolve carpet cleaner. I'll let you know how it works.

Guest's picture

Well, the ginger ale, arm and hammer washing soda, borax and resolve didn't work. :( :( I am now trying dishwasher powder. (Great Value brand)

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Well, the dishwasher powder helped a little. I poured about 1/4 c. white vinegar in with the rinse cycle. I have to do other laundry now, but I think I will set the clothes aside and try the dawn dish soap next (have to get some from the store.).

Terry's picture

My husband + changing auto fuel filter = horrible gasoline fumes! After washing the clothes 5 times with Tide, Downy, and white vinegar, the smell was still there. Then the lightbulb went off.....I live in the country and I have three dogs, so I always keep a bottle of "Nature's Miracle" skunk odor remover under the sink. I have a front loader HE washer, so I filled up the detergent cup and the bleach cup with the skunk odor remover. more gasoline smells on the clothes!!!! We buy our skunk odor remover at the local Tractor Supply, but if you can't find it in your area, the company name is: Pets 'N People, Inc., a subsidiary of Eight In One Pet Products, 2100 Pacific Street, Hauppauge, NY 11788 or call (877) 880-8855. They can probably give you a list of places that carry this product. Good luck everyone! Hope this helps you!

Guest Laura Dominick's picture

How much baking soda, vinegar & what else should I use to get gasoline out of a blouse?

Erica's picture

Guys, gasoline is a hydrocarbon which means to get rid of it in fabric you just need to soak it in another hydrocarbon so that they can bond and then you just wash them out like normal. I tripped over a gas can in my garage and got it all over myself and my clothes. To get rid of it just soak the clothes in rubbing alcohol for several hours, how long depends on how much is on you, and then wash it in very hot water. If you don't have that on hand then very high proof drinking alcohol would probably work too. And vinegar might work on its own but if you put the baking soda in their with it then you are reacting it away and it doesn't do its job with the gasoline

Robin Hessner's picture

Ok, now so far I've tried vinegar, oxyclean, degreaser, baking soda & the sun. None have truly worked so far, but the smell is better. The sun seemed to help, but as soon as the clothes got wet, there was that smell again. As we speak, I am trying the baby oil. How in my 35 years of doing laundry, I never came across this situation before, I don't know. I knew that the gas on the shirt, so I took it outside and sprayed it off really good before I washed it, thus infecting the whole load, and my washer with this horrible odor.I guess my last resort is the alcohol, but I'm not feeling too comfortable with putting that in my washer. When I open the washer door it smells up the whole laundry room. If anyone else out there has any sure fire remedies, I would appreciate the info.

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Got douse a couple days ago while pumping gas. bumped the nozzle and it got all over my canvas boat shoes. I did a regular wash with hot water and regular detergent first before coming on here. didn't work (front loader machine)

so after reading the suggestions here, I put my shoes in a 3 gallon bucket with a 40 ounce coke, probably a half box of baking soda and filled about 3/4 of the way with water. I added a couple good splashes of cider vinegar, and gave my shoes a good poke down into it off and on for about an hour (rubber bottoms kept floating to the top). then I let it sit for about 30 minutes.

after that, I dumped the whole bucket and the shoes into my front loader machine. I used a liberal amount of blue dawn, maybe an 1/8 cup in the soap dispenser. also did a regular amount of clothing detergent (Kirkland free and clear) in the bleach section, plus a little softner.

I ran the load hot/cold with an extra rinse cycle.

the shoes are now drying in my garage, but so far don't seem to have any of the smell left at least none that wasn't masked by the cider vinegar.

Guest's picture

This is an older thread but it helped me a great deal and so I wanted to post what I used. My husband threw his clothes into the washer after mowing the lawn because they smelled like gas, I didn't realize this and filled the washer with clothes and washed them regularly. I discovered when I went to move them to the dryer that they all smelled like gas. I tried another wash cycle with vinegar added to the rinse, no change. What did work was:

Soaked overnight in warm water and several generous squirts of Seventh Generation all natural dish soap (with clementine and lemon essential oils which may have also helped)

Drained the dish soap water and then washed with detergent and 1 cup of baking soda. Added 3/4 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle and then did an extra rinse.

I'm going to dry these clothes outside just to be sure but they don't smell like anything other than clean laundry with a hint of citrus at this point!

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:jawdrop: :sick: i substituted chardonnay for corn liquor

Guest's picture

well i tried baby oil and dawn dishwashing liquid and helped alot,its still a faint smell but im going to let it air dry outside for a few days since they say gas will evaporize with in 24 hours will see

Guest's picture

Hubby spilled gas on his clothes, threw them in the washer, washer reeked! On the 3rd washing cycle, I found this blog. Here's what I did so far: took clothes and put them in a giant, clean paint bucket with half a box of baking soda and dish washing liquid. They've been soaking for about 5 hours....preliminary sniffing is positive although I'm going to leave them overnight.

For the washer, I gathered that venting was key to elimating the odor so I dumped the other half of the baking soda in the drum(front loading HE) and left it open. A few hours later, not a whiff of gasoline! Washed a few old towels with a scoop of OxiClean for good measure. Towels smell great. Washer smells great. I am SO relieved.

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