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How to Get Gasoline Smell Out of Gloves? – Most Effective Way

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how to get gasoline smell out of gloves

Gloves made of PVC or nitrile can resist gasoline well, and cleaning them is a breeze. But, they are not the protective equipment sufficient for multiple heavy-duty tasks involving gasoline.

So, the issue arises when we use fabric or leather gloves, as we are stuck with safety gloves with gasoline stink after work.

Fret not, as there is a viable solution for this problem, which we will show you right now. Here’s how to get gasoline smell out of gloves quickly and effectively.

Way to Get Rid of Gasoline Smell From Work Gloves


Other than laundry detergent, we need something strong to remove the stinky smell of gasoline stuck in our glove fabric and liners.

The secret touch here is baking soda – a familiar cooking and cleaning substance easily found in any home. Without further ado, see what we need to gather for this tutorial:

  • A 2-gallon bucket
  • Cold water
  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent
  • A clean stick
  • Baby oil
  • Baking soda
  • A small cup
  • A can of cola

Step 1: Wash the gloves with laundry detergent.


Using the washing machine is out of the question since we risk dirtying the machine and any other items washed inside. Therefore, just fill your big bucket with cold water and hand-wash the dirty and oily gloves.

Pour the detergent, about ¼ cup into the bucket, and stir to make soapy water.

You can now put the gloves inside the solution for around 3 minutes. Use the clean stick to press the gloves down and stir them around to make sure they absorb the detergent.

Step 2: Rewash the gloves with baby oil

The gasoline odor is not that easy to get rid of with just detergent, so we need to move on to the next step.

After pouring out the dirty soapy water in the first washing turn, fill the bucket with clean water. Then, fill the small cup with baby oil, then pour it into the bucket to make a new cleaning solution.

You can put the gloves in the bucket again and leave them there for about 20 minutes. After the waiting time, use the stick to stir the gloves for around 3 minutes.

Step 3: Wash the gloves with cold water


This step is less about washing the gasoline and more about washing the absorbed solution in the gloves. You can rinse the pair under a faucet or simply fill the bucket and wash your gloves.

The whole process is finished here if you no longer smell the stink of gasoline. You can hang the pair and let it dry naturally.

But, if your gloves still have that gasoline odor, mostly because you do not wash them often, the build-up smell needs a more potent treatment. That’s why you should move on to the next step.

Step 4: Wash the gloves with baking soda


Here comes the powerful ingredient we can use for the stubborn smell – baking soda. Some Reddit users also suggest it after they successfully remove the gasoline odor on their winter gloves.

Fill the bucket with water again, and pour a cup of baking soda and the can of soda into it. Mix those agents together, then put your gloves in there.

This time, let the pair absorb the cleaning solution overnight or at least 12 hours. Please do not be hasty and take the gloves out before that.

Step 5: Dry the clean gloves

As you’ve successfully removed all the dirt and odor built up in the glove fabric, it’s time to dry the pair naturally.

How to Get Gasoline Smell Out of Clothes

The good news is that we can use baking soda to remove stains and the smell of gasoline from our clothes. In addition to this substance, vinegar and hot water should further break down the stubborn scent on our items, as long as we leave some time for the solution to soak into our cloth fibers.

Warning: When washing clothes with gasoline marks and smell, please do not use a chemical detergent or detergent with fragrances. Just use your laundry soap and let the other magical cleaning solutions do their jobs.


As we have already shown you how to get gasoline smell out of gloves and clothes, hopefully, you can keep using those items without irritation. The odor of gasoline is always an issue for people working in automotive industries, so this guide should be helpful for those workers.

Tell us in the comment section below if you use our method and successfully eliminate the annoying smell. Also, feel free to share our article with anyone that needs it. Thank you for reading!

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