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By Kathy

My Laundry Question

How can I get the smell of kerosene out of my clothes?

Camping trip went bad.

Thank you,

Kathy

Share a Little Background Info

Kerosene lamp spilled out on clothes during a camping trip. The type of oil is used for the small camping lanterns or tiki torches. Nothing has seemed to work to get the odor out of the clothes.

any idea would be helpful.

Lessons Learned

  • washed several times, hung out to air out, not much luck.

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

mostly cotton items

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

Oh, my! I had one of those bad camping trips once. I know the feeling! To remove the odor of any type of fuel oil, fill your washer with water and add 1 cup baking soda. Add your washable clothes and allow to soak 30 minutes or even ovenight. Add detergent and wash as usual. This should take care of the problem.

Good luck!

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