It's fair to say that many of us pump gasoline on a regular basis, and when doing this it is all too easy to get a gas stain or odors from this flammable liquid on our clothes or other parts of our home or car, such as upholstery or carpeting.
Below are tips for how to remove the spots caused by gas dripping and causing spots on fabric, as well as a video focusing on removing the gas smell from clothing.
Whenever you try to clean up fabric from a spill or splash the most important thing to remember is safety.
The more gasoline on the fabric the more caution you should exercise, and perhaps if it is truly soaked just safely dispose of it instead of trying to clean it up.
On the other hand, if it is a small drip or drop, you can feel safer in proceeding with the stain removal process. Just be very careful of not adding the clothes into the dryer until all traces of the spill have been removed!
As usual, there is often more than one way to clean up or remove odors from fabric. Therefore, if you've got a tip you've used that you don't see below please share it with me here, and I'll the best ones to the site.
Removing Gasoline Stain From Clothing After Normal Wash Didn't Get It Out
Ripley wrote me the following question about removing a gas stain from clothing.
A friend got gasoline on her clothes and washed them normally. The smell is gone, but the spots remain. Any tips on post washing gasoline stain removal?
Ripley, thanks for your question.
It would be easier for me to answer you if I knew if your friend had run the clothing both through the washer and the dryer, or just washed in and then let it air dry when she noticed the spots remained.
Preferably she did not run the stained clothing through the dryer, because heat helps set stains (so this would violate one of the top 10 rules for removing stains).
Try this treatment, either way, but it has more chance of success if she let the clothing air dry, then if it was run through the dryer.
In any event wash the clothing again, in the hottest water allowed for the garments according to their care labels.
Hopefully this will remove the gas stain.
Make sure to not run it through the dryer until all the spots are removed, for the reasons explained above, plus because running clothes through the dryer that have gasoline residue on them is a big no no, because of safety reasons!
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CAUTION: This website is provided for informational purposes only. It is provided as is, without warranties or guarantees. Some stains and messes just won't come out, and are permanent. Further, some cleaning methods can harm your item, so if what you want to clean or launder is sentimental or expensive call a professional. See disclaimer of liability for more information.