- Remove excess gasoline by blotting.
Using a clean white cloth, blot up as much gasoline as possible.
- Use baking soda to absorb the gasoline.
Sprinkle baking soda onto the stained area and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Dump the baking soda off of the stain.
- Rub liquid dish soap into the stain.
Allow the clothing to sit for up to 5 minutes before soaking in hot water for 30 minutes.
- Use more baking soda.
If any scent of gasoline or hint of the stain remains, make a baking soda paste and rub it directly onto the stain. Allow it to air dry and then brush the baking soda off of the clothing.
- Use a stain stick, gel, or spray.
Apply a stain remover to the fabric according to the directions. You'll want it to sit for at least 5 minutes. Wash in the hottest water that is safe for the fabric.
- If you still have any gasoline smell left, you might also try a vinegar and water soak for 30 minutes.
- As a last resort, you can also add a little orange cleaner to the wash load to help break down the traces of gasoline and get rid of the smell. Look for an all-purpose cleaner derived from oranges, like OrangeGlo's Orange Clean All-Purpose cleaner or Fantastik Orange Action Cleaner. If you've doused a gallon of gasoline on thick denim jeans, you may need to use the whole bottle.
What You Need
- Clean white cloth
- Baking soda
- Liquid dish soap
- Stain stick, gel, or spray
- Vinegar (optional)
- Orange Oil Cleaner (optional)