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Old 11-13-2006, 03:36 PM
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Default Getting gasoline smell out of clothes/boots?

Anyone have any good ideas for getting gasoline out of clothes and wading boots without destroying them? (I got the stuff on them on a boat, so I hope this isn't too way off-topic.)

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Old 11-13-2006, 03:43 PM
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Lestoil and lots of it... put on full strength...soak in a bucket.....do not put in dryer...
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I used Oxyclean on my leather shoes and it reduced the smell considerably.
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Old 11-14-2006, 09:28 AM
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Thanks to both of you. "Reduced the smell considerably" isn't good enough, though, I need to get rid of it. Amazing how persistent it is.

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Wash in heavy duty cleaned Greese cutter hang outside in breeze no dryer
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Old 11-14-2006, 10:57 AM
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I spilled diesel fuel on my pants once and hard a really hard time getting rid of the smell. Washed them a couple of times and all that did was make the washing machine smell like diesel. Anyway, a found out that if you find a really concentrated citris cleaner and dump a bunch in the washing machine that it will get rid of the smell in the clothes and washing machine. I think diesel is harder to get rid of than gas. I forget the name of the product, but it is one of those orange colored cleaners. It also made the house smell like citris for about 2 days.
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I am an Aircraft mechanic and take enough baths in jet fuel/Kerosene....Pine Sol but it is almost as pungent as the kero
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Saddle soap for the leather and normal soap and water for clothes. Greased Lightning is good for clothes too but don't put it on leather shoes. Diesel fuel is oil and it is about impossible to remove. I think you need to define these smelly threads as work clothes and leave them in the garage. Remember a lot of textiles are pertoleum products, so gasoline will change the chemical compsition of almost any fabric other than 100% cotton or leather. Therefore in theory you can't wash off something that is now a part of.........
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Simple green is a very good Bio-degradeable grease cutter. Its also water soluable and will wash out. So I would let your clothes set overnight in a fairly strong solution of it in a bucket and then run them thru the wash.. Simple green will clean a dirty engine block, I bet it'll work great on a pair of pants..
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For gas, I just let the clothing air dry then wash normally. For rubber boots, I would suggest drying thoroughly then wash with hot water and detergent. let them dry and repeat is neccessary.

I have used Simple Green on small items and it works. Baking soda will probably work too.

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Thanks again. I've been leaving the boots--they are wading boots--outside in the rain, and the smell is slowly diminishing. It's not as if they were all soaked, I think they were soaking up a saturated atmosphere (long boring story), so I'm not draining gas anywhere outside. I'll continue to wash the other clothes according to the mfr instructions and try some of the products you've mentioned. Yuk.

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