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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.