Safe Yet Powerful Enough To Remove Gasoline Smells

June 05, 2020

If you own a vehicle, you may have mistakenly splattered gasoline on your hands and a few drips on your shoes. The smell engulfs your vehicle and stays on everything it touches. It's funny because if we polled our customers, we're positive half of them would like the smell of gasoline. It can trigger memories from childhood or fun times like boating on the lake.  The scent is connected to the limbic system and can trigger emotions. Smelling too much gasoline can cause elevated levels of benzene in your blood, which is a carcinogen. Thankfully, benzene is regulated and no more than 1%  is allowed in gasoline. Its primary use in gas is to increase the octane. Like tobacco smoke, it won't make you sick immediately, but over time can be insidious, so it's essential to remove it as soon as you can.  

Petroleum comes from the two Latin words Petra meaning Rock and Oleum, meaning oil. It is the fuel for 90% of the vehicles driven around the world and in plastics, fertilizers, solvents, adhesives, and pesticides. The world is estimated to consume over 95 million barrels each day. It's no wonder it's considered one of the world's most essential commodities.  

Removing Thirdhand Smoke is quite a task as it settles onto every surface in your home or vehicle. Removing gasoline is usually a more isolated task, like the back of your truck, work garments, or a pair of shoes. We are going to share some Dos and Dont's for removing gasoline from your clothing, personal items, and even upholstery.

The most crucial precaution when washing gasoline stained clothing is never to soak your clothes in bleach.  Sodium hypochlorite is generally available in two forms: as a commercial solution containing 12 to 15 trade percent available chlorine (a so-called bleaching solution), and as a household solution containing 5 trade percent chlorine. Trade percent is defined as the amount of chlorine in grams available for every 100 milliliters of sodium hypochlorite solution. Sodium hypochlorite (Bleach) is a strong oxidizer and, when mixed with organic materials such as diesel fuel oil, undergoes an exothermic reaction that generates heat and releases chlorine gas, sometimes violently. A solution with a concentration of 12 trade percent available chlorine can produce up to 1 pound of chlorine gas for each gallon of solution that reacts.[1]

The second helpful tip is to avoid masking the odor using scent boosters, fabric softeners, or dryer sheets. These additives usually contain wax or oils and coat the fibers, which add residue back to your clothing, creating a barrier, making the powder detergent less effective at dissolving stains and odors.

Instead stick with Powerizer, the one detergent, and cleaner that cleans everything dirty using plant and mineral-based ingredients and contains no fillers, dyes, or harsh chemicals.  

Powerizer contains an oxygen color-safe bleach made from sodium percarbonate, which reacts to water to create hydrogen peroxide. Also, TAED is used to supercharge the stain removing activities by boosting the bleaching reaction in colder wash temperatures.  

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Gasoline will leave an oily residue. It is essential to rinse the garment and pretreat the oil stain to allow the detergent time to work. It may require a few pretreat applications. The natural plant-based enzymes in Powerizer break down the oil molecules speeding up the stain lifting process. It's super powerful, so if a pretreat isn't successful at lifting the stain entirely, your next option is to add a paste to the surface of the stain. However, if the item your cleaning is not as easy to rinse, such as carpet attached to the floor or the back seat of your vehicle stick with a pretreat- it uses less detergent. Finally step is to rinse with plain water between applying a second or third pretreat solution. It will help prevent excess buildup of soap.  

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Make A Paste

As mentioned above, after pretreating a few times, if the stain still isn't lifting, resort to applying a paste. For isolated splatters of gasoline, apply a concentrated paste of Powerizer to the stain. Allow it to sit damp for up to eight (8) hours. Remove any undissolved powder granules before you begin to scrub the fibers. Apply the detergent using a press and twist rotation with a dry or damp split-fiber microfiber cloth. You will be surprised how effective a good quality cloth is when it comes time to scrubbing and absorbing stains from fibers. A microfiber is measured one denier or less. Each thread mimics a mini dust feather. When seen on a microscope, each split-fiber thread resembles an asterisk creating tiny pockets, making them super plush and absorbent.

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For larger soiled areas like a pair of work jeans, prepare a soak. Again, it may take a few soak sessions. However, rest assured that the color-safe bleach won't fade the colors or break down the fibers. The plant-based nonionic surfactant in Powerizer works to separate the oil and residues from the fibers, which then suspends them into the water until it washes away in the rinse cycle. It's also known to work exceptionally well in hard water environments because they do not react to calcium or magnesium ions in the water. However, when washing in hard water, it's not uncommon to have to launder heavily soiled or sour-smelling items twice or to double your detergent dosage. The oily residue will float at the top of the water, similar to when your soaking pots and pans after cooking spaghetti. We all have seen that orange oil-like residue float to the top of the pan or sink. When washing those gas stained gym shoes, pretreat, then soak before throwing them into the wash.

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Wash items exposed to gasoline separate from other garments. Depending on the color of your gasoline stained garment, wash on high heat temperatures when possible. However, if you're worried about color fading, wash your clothes inside out, color sort properly, and wash in cold water. All you need is two (2) full scoops of detergent when washing a whole load of laundry. For more delicate items, always wash silk separately using a dye-set soak and your soap and always wash in cold water. When possible, select the soak or a heavy-duty cycle.  

When used on upholstery or carpet, make sure the detergent reaches down to the padding. Allow the soap to soak through and sit wet. We share the same advice when cleaning up after pet messes. Apply a damp cloth to the surface of the stain and scrub using a Powerizer soak solution.

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When cleaning with Powerizer you must rinse the surface or fabric. Your goal is to extract the soap, oil, and dirt from the fibers so your fibers dry soft and residue-free. To do so, keep applying clean water, then absorb it using a clean microfiber cloth. Ring out into a bucket or sink until is the water is clear, this will successfully remove the detergent. The best tools for extracting water are a wet shop vacuum or a portable carpet cleaning machine. Apply plain water and extract plain water the same way. If you are washing seats in a hot vehicle, it may dry quicker than expected. During the final rinse and dry process, if you experience a white or yellowish colored residue on the surface, go back and soak the fibers again and be more diligent about removing the excess residues. If you use Powerizer in a carpet cleaning machine, use caution, the percarbonates build pressure and affect the machine's performance. Read more about how to use Powerizer to clean your carpet and throw rugs here.  


Air dry in the sun whenever possible to help deodorize and brighten. Avoid using any fabric softener, scent boosters, or dryer sheets. Refrain from drying the item if it still has a smell of gasoline. If it does repeat the process. 

We are blown away by the daily Powerizer reviews describing first hand how this one product is an amazing multipurpose detergent and cleaner that effectively cleans everything dirty.  We strongly encourage consumers to consider enrolling in the Powerizer Subscribe and Save Program which offers 15% your orders.  Less time shopping eliminates excess products and meanwhile, it saves you money.  In addition, Powerizer offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

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