How to get a petrol smell out of the washing machine

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How to get a petrol smell out of the washing machine
Washing machines can hold onto odours. (laundry image by timur1970 from

Washing petrol soaked clothing in your washing machine will leave you with a washer that reeks of fuel. The odours from the washing machine can transfer to other clothing that you subsequently place inside the washer, and can also fill your home with a petrol smell. Fortunately, removing the odours is a relatively simple process.

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Things you need

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Container
  • Baking soda

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  1. 1

    Fill a container with 474 ml (2 cups) of distilled white vinegar.

  2. 2

    Add 125 g (1/2 cup) baking soda to the vinegar and mix thoroughly. Vinegar and baking soda are natural deodorisers that remove odours without using harsh chemicals.

  3. 3

    Set your washing machine to the hottest setting and allow the drum to begin to fill with water.

  4. 4

    Add the vinegar-baking soda to the washing machine. Shut the lid and allow the washer to run through a complete cycle.

  5. 5

    Repeat the process until the petrol smell has gone.

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