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How to Remove the Diesel Fuel Smell From Clothes

Diesel and its vapors can cause a long list of health problems. Headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, skin irritation and lung damage are just a few of the possible health problems that diesel can cause. When diesel comes in contact with clothing, the garment’s fibers absorb the fuel making removal difficult.

Diesel is a highly flammable liquid.

Things You Will Need

  • Paper towels
  • Plastic bag
  • Prewash petroleum solvent stain remover
  • 2 Cloths
  • Water
  • Washing machine
  • Laundry detergent

Diesel and its vapors can cause a long list of health problems.  Headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, skin irritation and lung damage are just a few of the possible health problems that diesel can cause.

When diesel comes in contact with clothing, the garment’s fibers absorb the fuel making removal difficult.  Diesel odors can linger for months after the initial contact.

These odors are more than an annoyance; they have the potential as a fire hazard. 

  1. Absorb as much of the diesel as possible by blotting the spill with paper towels. Place the diesel soaked paper towels in a sealed plastic bag and discard.
  2. Apply a prewash petroleum solvent stain remover to a clean cloth.
  3. Blot the diesel stain with the cloth for several passes. If needed, add more prewash petroleum solvent stain remover to the cloth.
  4. Saturate a clean cloth in cool water. Rinse the garment with the cloth by blotting the area.
  5. Launder the garment in a washing machine set on the coolest setting. Only wash the garment with other items that have come in contact with diesel.
  6. Remove the garment and allow to air dry. If diesel odors are still present, repeat the process. Do not place the item in the dryer if the clothing still smells of diesel. The vapors from the diesel odor can cause a fire is it comes in contact with heat.

Things You Will Need

  • Paper towels
  • Plastic bag
  • Prewash petroleum solvent stain remover
  • 2 Cloths
  • Water
  • Washing machine
  • Laundry detergent

About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.

Photo Credits

  • old diesel tank image by charles taylor from Fotolia.com
  • old diesel tank image by charles taylor from Fotolia.com