When clothes are exposed to gasoline, it can be a very frustrating issue to clean. Not only do you have the stain to contend with, but the smell as well. These particular stains can be very stubborn stains to remove. Before you begin, be prepared that the process of removing both gasoline smells and stains can be somewhat lengthy, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time!
Removing Gasoline Stains from Clothing
- First make sure to gently blot any excess gasoline from the garment or fabric.
- Sprinkle baking soda directly onto the stain and allow to sit for several minutes. When you want to check the progress of the stain, dump the baking soda off of the garment so that it is not ground into the fibers. This step may need to be repeated several times.
- Rub dish soap directly onto the stain and allow to sit for 5 minutes. After this, soak your clothing in hot water. If you are unsure if the colors on your garment will bleed, then do not use hot water and use the warmest water your garments can tolerate. Only use hot water if it’s safe for the fabric.
- If the stain remains, make a paste that is two parts baking soda and one part water. Rub onto the stain and allow to dry completely. Gently dust the baking soda off of the garment.
- If the stain is still present, use Roux Maison Stain Remover. Apply directly to the stain and allow to sit for 20 minutes.
- After the 20 minutes have passed, launder your garment with your favorite scent of Roux Maison Essential Detergent.
Removing the Smell of Gasoline From Clothing
If you are successful in removing the stain from your clothing, but the smell is lingering, try these steps to eradicate the odor.
- Place your clothing in a large bucket and submerge with very cold water.
- Add two cans of Coke and a small box of baking soda to the water.
- Allow to soak at least overnight.
- Hang everything to line dry the next day.
- After clothes have dried, launder as usual using Roux Maison Essential Detergent.
Drying Your Clothes After Stain Removal
Always check items for complete stain removal prior to any heat drying, since the heat will set any remaining stains and make them permanent.
- We recommend air drying as much as possible. It is far less damaging for fabrics than the dryer.
- If air drying is not possible, use your dryer on a no heat or the lowest heat setting available. Make sure that all items are completely dry before storing in order to avoid mold and mildew taking hold.