How to Remove Paint Thinner Odor From Clothing

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How to Remove Paint Thinner Odor From Clothing
If you are unable to remove paint thinner odour, vinegar represents an effective last resort. (botella image by federico igea from

White spirit, or paint thinner as it is commonly called, is a type of solvent made from petroleum distillate. It is used to thin oil-based paints and also functions as an effective cleaning agent in certain situations. Unfortunately, it has a potent, gasoline-type smell that can be hard to get rid of especially when it finds its way onto clothing.

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Things you need

  • Measuring cup
  • Baking soda
  • Large bowl
  • Vinegar

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  1. 1

    Place the clothing in a large bowl or pan of warm water. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda and let the clothing soak for fifteen minutes.

  2. 2

    Place the shirt in the clothes washer. Add another 1/2 cup of baking soda and run the clothing through a washing cycle.

  3. 3

    Repeat Step 1, except use 1 tsp of vinegar instead of baking soda. Skip this step if you were able to remove the paint thinner odour in steps one and two.

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