How to Remove Gas Stains

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Gas gets spilled on clothing while filling the car at the pump, or it may get spilled from gas cans stored at home. Gas can leave permanent stains on clothing and carpets if not cleaned up quickly and properly. While most of the combustive nature of gasoline evaporates quickly, gas spills can still pose a hazard if you are near open flames. You can remove gas stains and save your clothing by cleaning them properly and promptly.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Baking soda
  • Stain remover
  • Towels
  • Vacuum

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    How to Remove Gas Stains

  1. 1

    Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the spill. Let stand for 30 minutes to absorb as much liquid as possible, then brush the soda into the trash or vacuum it from carpet.

  2. 2

    Apply a pre-wash stain remover to a stain on clothing or apply a dry cleaning solvent on carpet and upholstery.

  3. 3

    Wash clothing in the hottest water safe for the particular garment.

  4. 4

    Blot up the dry cleaning solvent on carpet and upholstery with a clean white cotton cloth. Reapply the solvent and blot up two to three times or until the stain is completely removed.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't have dry-cleaning solvent, mix 1 tablespoon hand soap and 1 tablespoon vinegar with 2 cups warm water.
  • Do not tumble dry clothing until the stain is completely removed to avoid fire danger.

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