How Do You Remove a Kerosene Odor?

remove-kerosene-odor Credit: Keith Levit Photography/Photolibrary/Getty Images recommends the following method to remove the potent smell of kerosene from clothing. Before attempting to remove the kerosene odor from any fabric, first check the garment's care label to see if the item can be laundered.

  1. Soak the kerosene stain

    Mix a solution of 1 part ammonia to 10 parts water in a pail or basin. Dip the area with the kerosene stain into the ammonia solution. Allow the stain to soak for at least an hour.

  2. Launder the garment

    After soaking, launder the stained item in the washing machine using the hottest water setting suitable for the fabric.

  3. Add baking soda to the wash cycle

    Baking soda helps to pull the smell of kerosene out of fabric. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the washing machine before laundering.

  4. Add white vinegar to the washing machine

    White vinegar is also effective in helping to remove the smell of kerosene. Add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to the washing machine to help boost its deodorizing action.

  5. Hang the garment outside

    A lingering odor of kerosene may remain even after soaking and laundering. If so, hang the garment outside to allow the circulating air to help remove the remaining odor.