HELP! How do I get the smell of gasoline out of my washing machine?!?

Real Estate Agent with Katz Realty Group BK0679255

On Friday, while pumping gas, the nozzle popped out of my tank and sprayed me head to toe(including mouth) with gas.  Frantic, I started to drive home, and called my wife who called poison control, because the attendants did not know what to do.  When I got home and prior to getting in the shower, I stripped down and threw my clothes in the washing machine.  In hindsight, a very bad idea, but i was far from thinking clearly at the time.  Now, several loads later, my washer still smells like gasoline.  I have tried empty as well as full loads of old towels with detergent, bleach and oxy clean, to no avail.  If anyone has any experience with this, or has ideas or suggestions on how to get this smell out, i would be extremely grateful!  Thanks for any help that you can give!


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Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
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Sorry I do not have any advise have had similar experience. Hopefully someone out in AR has a good answer.

Jul 17, 2011 07:23 PM #1
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

I have done that, too. and we used this answer.....from the web. 


What you have is leftover petroleum residue and the best way to get rid of that is to do an empty load with an eighth of a cup of Dawn soap. Then do another load with a half box of Arm and Hammer baking soda. That should do the trick.

Jul 17, 2011 07:27 PM #2
Cliff Keith
Today Sotheby's International Realty - Redwood City, CA
Redwood City Real Estate

WOW that is amazing.  How did you do that?

I am sorry for you and understand how scary you may have been.

I don't know what can stop the smell other than what cuts gasoline?  Soap I think.  Why not use liquid soap in a smaill amount as you don't want to overflow your washing machine and leave it over night soaking.

In hind sight you should have burned the

good luck

Jul 17, 2011 07:27 PM #3
Ralph Gorgoglione
John Aaroe Group - Los Angeles, CA
California Real Estate (800) 591-6121

Maybe run an empty cycle with some white vinegar, and maybe another cycle with some baking soda.

Jul 17, 2011 07:33 PM #4
James L. Katz
Katz Realty Group - Aventura, FL

thanks guys.  the common consensus from here and on the web seem to have 3 common solutions.  Vinegar, Dawn and baking soda.  gonna try all 3 tomorrow

Jul 17, 2011 07:51 PM #5
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