How to Get Gasoline Smell Off Hands: Expert Guide

How to Get Gasoline Smell Off Hands: Expert Guide

If you have put gasoline in your car, and we bet you have, then you know just how strong its smell can be. Unfortunately, the intense smell of gasoline doesn’t go away quickly on its own.

Some folks resort to using harsh chemicals to get the smell off their hands, but that exposes their bodies to harm. You don’t have to go down the same route because today, we will show you a natural way of getting gasoline smell off your hands, and the good thing is that it’s safe and effective.

Also you can want to know How to Get Rid of Diesel Smell (click here)

Let’s go through it, shall we?

Secure the Ingredients

  • White vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Vanilla extract
  • Detergent
  • Salt 

Steps to Ridding Your Hands of Gasoline Smell

1. Clean with white vinegar

Pour some vinegar on your hands – vinegar’s chemical properties break up gasoline’s bonds thereby making it easy to clean. Pour enough white vinegar to entirely cover your fingers as well as palms.

After pouring the vinegar, rub your palms together for a minute or two, interlacing your fingers and massaging them all the while. Be sure to reach all the parts of your hands.

Then, wash the vinegar off your hands under running water (like under a faucet). Use soap to ensure the vinegar comes off efficiently, and when you’re done, the smell of vinegar should be gone. Use a towel to dry your hands. 

2. Utilize vanilla extract

Pour about 100 ml of water into a cup and add a few vanilla extract drops. If you don’t feel the smell of vanilla extract in the water, feel free to add more drops.
Next, pour some of the mixture over your palms and fingers and rub them together; do this for about a minute or two but don’t stop until the smell of gasoline is almost totally gone.

Once you can hardly smell the gasoline on your hands, wash the hands with water and some soap. Vanilla extract has a nice smell, so don’t scrub your hands very hard; you don’t want to lose it. When you’re done, use a towel to dry your hands.

3. Scrub with lemon juice

Pour identical amounts of water and lemon juice into a cup and use a spoon to blend them into a fine mixture.

Pour some of the mixture over your hands and rub them together for about a minute. The lemon juice works to eliminate the remaining smell of gasoline that wasn’t removed by the previous ingredients.

Then, wash your hands under running water, with some soap, and use a towel to dry them once you’re done. 

4. Wash with salt and detergent

Pour one to two teaspoons of regular salt into a bowl. Put that aside and pour some dish detergent onto your hands, such that it only covers your hands with a thin film. Then, pour the salt over your hands and rub them together for around two minutes.
The purpose of the detergent is to break down the remaining gasoline’s chemical bonds while the salt further diminishes the smell of the gasoline.

This is the final steps and once you’re finished, rinse your hands thoroughly with water to get rid of the salt and detergent.

Once you dry your hands with a clean towel, the hands should be entirely free of that annoying gasoline odor.

If, for some reason, there is still some gasoline smell on your hands after going through the procedure, feel free to repeat the process, this time carefully, and using bigger portions of the ingredients. Ensure you’re reaching all the parts of your hands, including the spaces between your fingers.

How do you remove gasoline smell from your hands? Feel free to share your method with us. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Can gasoline harm my skin?

Yes, it can. There are hazardous hydrocarbons in gas, including benzene and methane. But, the most notable risk is when gasoline comes into contact with your lungs; that is, when you inhale the fumes. That is part of the reason why it’s essential to get rid of gasoline smell. 

2. Can gasoline make my eyes go blind?

The chances of going blind when gasoline comes into contact with your eyes are slim, but they can get severely impaired. The toxic chemicals in gasoline can damage your cornea. 

3. How do I get gasoline out of my clothes?

First, soak them in vinegar for an hour or so, and then, wash them in the washer. But, make sure you’re not washing them with other clothes that are not stained with gas. 

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