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How do you remove a gasoline odor?

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To remove the odor of gasoline, sprinkle it with baking soda, rub it with dish soap, rinse it, apply a paste of baking soda and water, and rinse again. This 1-hour procedure requires microfiber cloths, baking soda, dish soap, a sponge, water, a bowl and a plastic bin.

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  1. Blot and sprinkle the affected area with baking soda

    Blot the affected area with a microfiber cloth to remove residual gasoline, then sprinkle it with baking soda. Leave the baking soda in place for an hour. While you are waiting, take a microfiber cloth outside, open it up, and lay it on a flat surface. Keep it outside until the gasoline evaporates.

  2. Inspect the area

    Dump the baking soda into a bowl. If the gasoline odor remains, apply more baking soda, and wait another hour. Discard the used baking soda, and rinse the bowl.

  3. Apply dish soap

    Drizzle 2 tablespoons of mild liquid dish soap over the affected area, rub it in for 5 minutes, then soak the area in hot water for 30 minutes.

  4. Apply a baking soda paste

    Put several tablespoons of baking soda into a bowl, and add enough warm water to make a thick paste. Spread the paste over the malodorous area, and leave it there until it dries. Brush the dried paste back into the bowl, and discard it. If residual odor remains, make more paste, and repeat the treatment.

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