How Do You Get the Smell of Gas Off Your Hands?

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White vinegar, lemon juice, dish detergent and salt, hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol, baking soda paste, hydrogen peroxide and mechanic's soap can remove a gasoline smell from hands. These affordable household remedies are more effective than ordinary soap.

Rubbing white vinegar between the palms and fingers for at least 45 seconds before washing them allows the chemical properties in vinegar to dismantle the gasoline bonds. The citric acid in lemon juice cuts through gasoline as well; a solution composed of equal parts water and lemon juice rubbed through the hands for at least a minute replace the gasoline scent with lemons. Adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of salt to dish detergent provides a gasoline bond-breaking remedy; rubbing the solution on the hands for one to two minutes and then rinsing removes the smell. The high amount of alcohol in hand sanitizer can neutralize gasoline odors, or simply use rubbing alcohol by itself; it is best to rub it on the hands until it evaporates. Rubbing a paste of one part baking soda and three parts water through hands for at least a minute absorbs gasoline odor. Soaking hands in a bowl of one part hydrogen peroxide and three parts water for at least 1 to 3 minutes removes gasoline smell from hands, and purchasing the tried-and-true mechanic's soap quickly eliminates gasoline odors.