How to Remove Gas Smells From the Trunk of a Car

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How to Remove Gas Smells From the Trunk of a Car
Use coffee to absorb and eliminate strong gasoline odours in your car's boot. (Coffee grinder, beans and ground coffee image by Angel_a from

Gasoline smells are overwhelmingly strong. If you are exposed to the smell for too long, you can actually get headaches and feel nauseous. Since the boot of the car is the most sensible place to transport a gas can, spills are unavoidable because you can't keep an eye, or a hand, on the can. If you've been driving around for weeks or even months with the windows down to cope with the fumes, try using a common household remedy to get rid of the smell for good.

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Things you need

  • Washer
  • Washing powder
  • 2 or more cans of ground coffee
  • Shop vacuum

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  1. 1

    Take removable carpets and rugs out of your trunk. Wash on hot water in your washer, and allow them to dry in the sun.

  2. 2

    Leave your trunk open to air it out.

  3. 3

    Cover the entire surface of the inside of the trunk with coffee. Make sure the area is not wet to avoid coffee stains. Replace the dry carpets and rugs over the coffee and add more coffee on top.

  4. 4

    Leave the coffee in your trunk for one-two weeks. Then use a shop vacuum to vacuum up the coffee.

  5. 5

    Drive the car for a day or two to see if the smell is still lingering. If you can still smell it, repeat step 3.

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