How to Remove an Oil Smell

Written by r. sinclair
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If you've spilt some fuel oil in your house or garage, the smell can stick around long after the mess is gone. It can then transfer onto your clothes and furniture. The sooner you get rid of the smell, the better. You can eliminate the smell of oil using fresh coffee grinds, which will absorb the smell. If that doesn't work, try ZORBX, a specially-designed odour absorber.

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Things you need

  • Paper plates
  • Fresh coffee grounds
  • Vinegar
  • ZORBX Unscented Odor Remover
  • Washing machine

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  1. 1

    Fill some paper plates with fresh coffee grounds.

  2. 2

    Place them around the room where you've spilt the fuel oil.

  3. 3

    Leave the plates overnight. The coffee grounds will absorb the odour. By morning, the room will smell fresh, with a slight hint of coffee. If the method hasn't worked, proceed to Step 4.

  4. 4

    Spray ZORBX Unscented Odor Remover on the area of the oil spill. Leave it overnight. The smell should be neutralised by the morning. If the odour is really strong, you may have to repeat this step two or three times before it's gone completely.

  5. 5

    Remove the smell of oil from clothes by adding a cup of white vinegar to your wash, instead of fabric softener. Give the clothes an extra rinse so they don't smell of vinegar.

Tips and warnings

  • The sooner you get rid of the smell, the less chance it has to transfer to your things.
  • If you have pets, keep them out of the room while you have the plates out. They can make a mess with the coffee grounds.

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