Question: How do I remove gas and diesel fuel stains and odor from clothes?
Gasoline or diesel fuel stains make clothing more flammable than normal. Be sure to handle the garments carefully. The garments should not be washed with other clothing. If after washing you can still smell fuel, do not place the garments in the dryer. Air dry garment to prevent possible fires.
Oil-based stains should be pretreated using a solvent-based stain removal product, like Shout or Spray 'n Wash. If you don't have a solvent-based pretreater, apply heavy-duty liquid detergent to the stain and work it in by gently rubbing.
After pretreatment, wash the garment as usual in the hottest water appropriate for the fabric using the recommended amount of detergent for a regular load. Inspect the garment before drying and repeat treatment if necessary.
To remove any faint lingering odors, soak the stained clothes in water with 1/2 to 1 cup baking soda and then wash and rinse as usual. For heavy odors, fill the washer with warm water and add 1 cup non-sudsing household ammonia. Allow to soak for several hours. Drain the washer and wash as usual. DO NOT USE ANY CHLORINE BLEACH during the soaking or washing as dangerous fumes can form.
If the garment is dry clean only, point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner. If you are using a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.
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