How to Remove Gasoline Stains

Gasoline stains are some of the worst stains to deal with due to the smell and the pain of taking out the stain. Even though it will take some elbow grease on your part to get rid of the stain permanently, the time you put into it is worth it. We’re going to show you how to remove gasoline stains.

How to Remove Gasoline Stains

How to Remove Gasoline Stains From Your Driveway

If you were working on your car or your car developed some sort of leak, you likely have some sort of gasoline stain in your driveway. Here’s how you can get rid of that eyesore quickly.

What you will need:

  • Clumping Cat Litter
  • Dustpan and Broom
  • Trash Bag
  • Gloves
  • Bucket and long-handled scrub brush
  • Trisodium phosphate and water mix (one gallon water, one half cup trisodium phosphate)
  • Water hose
  1. Cover the gasoline stain with clumping cat litter and allow it to sit for several hours. The litter will absorb a majority of the residue that came from the spill. After several hours, sweep up the cat litter with a dustpan and broom.
  2. At this point, you will want to don your rubber gloves and make the trisodium phosphate and water solution. Take the solution and saturate the long-handled scrub brush with it. Then, scrub the asphalt repeatedly. This process will help to break down the stain that has set into your asphalt.
  3. Rinse the area with the water hose. Allow the area to sit and dry for several hours (perhaps overnight at this point). Check the area in the morning; if there are still stains, repeat step two in the same exact way until the stain is totally removed from your driveway.

How to Remove Gasoline Stains From Fabric

Accidents happen, and sometimes gasoline stains your fabric because you were working on your car or because it splattered on you when you were at the pump. Gasoline is one of the most difficult stains to get out of clothing, but a little elbow grease will help you remove it for good.

What you will need:

  • Clean white cloths
  • Baking soda
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Vinegar and water solution (1 to 1)
  • Hot water
  1. Take one of the white cloths and blot the area, especially if it is a fresh spill. This will help to absorb the excess gasoline.
  2. Take the baking soda and sprinkle it onto the stained area. Allow this to sit for five to ten minutes, depending on the size of the stain and the thickness of the fabric. Then, dump the baking soda off of the stain. This will help to neutralize the gasoline smell.
  3. Take the liquid dish soap and gently rub it into the stain. Allow the dish detergent to sit on the gasoline stain for about five minutes. Then, take the fabric and allow it to soak in hot water for about a half an hour.
  4. If any of the stain remains (or if it still smells oddly), take some more baking soda and allow it to sit for five to ten minutes again.
  5. After this has completed, see if the stain has disappeared. If it has not, or if the smell is still there (which is possible; the smell is sometimes worse than the stain), then soak the fabric in the vinegar and water solution listed above for about a half an hour.
  6. Finally, allow the piece of clothing or fabric to air dry. Wash it as usual; if the stain is still not gone, air dry it again (instead of putting it through the dryer, which can make the stain set in and be more difficult to remove) and repeat the above process.