Car smells of gasoline? Read these tips to remove it!


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Does your car currently smell of gasoline? If you're currently faced with this, we know exactly how it feels and this article is dedicated to getting rid of that smell.

If you have a car, you’ve probably had to deal with gasoline smell one time or another. For some people, the smell of gasoline is considered really cool and some confess it makes them high, just like alcohol does. On the other hand, a lot of individuals don’t find the lingering odor funny and according to research, it has a truck-load of effect on the human body.

Harmful effects of gasoline smell

Basically, gasoline smell can affect the central nervous system and slow down brain activity: you can start to feel light-headed, have a headache, start throwing up, and speak really slowly. If you can relate to these temporary symptoms, what you probably don’t know is that they are just short term effects. The long term effects are even crazier:

  • liver and kidney damage
  • hearing loss
  • bone marrow damage
  • loss of coordination and limb spasms (from nerve damage)
  • delayed behavioral development (from brain problems)
  • brain damage (from cut-off oxygen flow to the brain) 


Gasoline smell in car not only causes annoyance but also does harm to your health

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How to remove gasoline smell in your car

Now that you really know what that gasoline odor can cause, we’re sure you wouldn’t want to take it so lightly. The first thing you want to do is get a few supplies, here’s a list of what you’ll be needing:

  • Hot water
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Rags
  • Mixing bowls
  • Vanilla
  • Lemon
  • Wet/dry vacuum cleaner


The two main ingredients to remove gasoline smell

These are the most basic stuff you already have or can get from a store close by. Once you have all the above supplies, follow these 3 easy steps:

  • Add baking soda, white vinegar, and hot water in a bowl
  • Mix the content well enough
  • Gently use a rag to clean up the car rugs or seats

Just in case you got some gasoline on your body when it spilled in your car, you can choose to mix some hot water with either vanilla, vinegar, or lemon. Once it becomes paste-like, rub it on the affected area of your skin. You can wipe it off after a while, then take a shower. However, if you have any type of allergies towards vinegar or lemon, vanilla should be your best option. Same things apply to open wounds on your skin, vinegar could be a really bad idea.

There you go, getting rid of gasoline smell is as easy as spilling it! Don't forget to open up your car and let a lot of air in.

You might also find the video below a little helpful.

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Oluwatobi Ogunrinde

Oluwatobi Ogunrinde

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A passionate writer looking to educate people with every piece of her work. Oluwatobi enjoys writing about exotic cars, productive tech traits, workplace culture, and basic data science values. She holds a Master's degree in Diplomacy and Strategic Studies from University of Lagos. When she's not expressing herself through a new article, she's reading about international politics.

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