I didn't know what group was best to ask this in but I figure someone
here should know the answer.
I got some sort of smell on my clothes that I believe is diesel fuel,
grease, or oil. I'm thinking that it must be diesel fuel but I can't be
certain. I've already washed the clothes as I normally would but the
smell won't come out. There doesn't seem to be any stains from whatever
is causing the odor. Any ideas on how to get this horrible smell out of
i think if i had to take care of this problem i would wash them a
couple of times in the washing machine with a pine-sol and water
solution and then with regular washing detergent.worth a try.
Mike S. wrote:
I used to work with diesel. Don't wash it with any other clothes you
want to keep. I never fully got the smell out of my work clothes. Once
a work shirt, always a work shirt. I used normal laundry soap and
baking soda. Cut down the smell somewhat but not all the way.
I make quilts from old blue jeans. I once got some which belonged to a
guy who worked in a machine shop. I didn't realize how persistent the
oil odor was until after I had sewn some pieces into a top. I ended up
dry cleaning it to remove the odor.
Mike S. wrote:
Not much you can do after they've already been washed. Next time, rub
a liberal amount of creme style hand cleaner on the clothes, roll them
in a ball & let them set overnight, then wash as normal. The hand
cleaner will dissolve most petroleum products.
I think you would know if you had been exposed to any diesel fuel.
I carry diesel home in 5 gal cans for my Bobcat. I hate that smell and
it is quite persistent. Even a few drops on your glove or shirt and
you will never stop smelling it.
My strategy has been prevention. When I gas up, I am careful not to
get any on me. On my way in to pay, i am careful not to touch my
clothes or face with my hands. Once inside I wash my hands multiple
times. In cold weather I leave my gloves in the back of the truck
never in the cab. I then wash those gloves with other similar items
or just toss them in the spring.
Funny how we have such strong olfactory triggers. Things that, when we
smell them, take us back to that moment in time.
When I smell the black smoke of a diesel engine ......
0500 ............ Morgan City, Louisiana ............. 1975 ........ first
light of a glowing golden sunrise ............ the workboat I'm on hitting
the gas and casting off the lines ....... pulling away from the dock into
the Atchafalaya River for a run to the ocean and two months of living at sea
............... big plumes of black smoke from the stacks that quickly
disperses as we gain speed and the breeze moves the black cloud
................. hard left, and down the river ..........
I worked on offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico from 1974 until 1980. I
had one set of clothes that were for working. My wife used to wash them in
Simple Green in addition to Tide, or whatever was on sale.
NOTHING took that smell out. The Simple Green helped, but it smelled like a
combination of Simple Green and diesel fuel.
I'm surprised she didn't have a dedicated washing machine just for those
Try washing again and use washing soda as well as detergent. Arm &
Hammer is the most common brand. Not all supermarkets carry it but if
they do it is usually near the detergent and other laudry items.
No dumb questions, just dumb answers.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore, Maryland - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sounds like sulfurated hydrocarbons which are present in diesel and
especially gear oil. You could try rinsing with naphtha (dry cleaning).
But sulfur has a way of binding to fabrics chemically, and that just
doesn't come out with detergents or solvents.
It's already been mentioned in this thread. Dry cleaning fluid will
dissolve the fuel residue. If it's clothing that can stand dry cleaning,
take them to the dry cleaner. If you're constantly diesel fuel on your
clothes, it'll get expensive to keep dry cleaning them.
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