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How to get a petrol smell out of the washing machine

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.

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

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.

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

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

Repeat the process until the petrol smell has gone.

Things You'll Need

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Container
  • Baking soda
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Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.