How Can I Remove Diesel Stains?

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Remove diesel stains from clothing by pre-treating, washing in hot water, and drying the garment. Do not use bleach to pre-treat the stain as this can create harmful fumes. If the first attempt does not work, the process of pre-treating and washing may need to be repeated before drying.

  1. Pre-treat the stain

    Apply a small amount of your favorite stain remover. Make sure that it is solvent based. Add detergent for extra cleaning power. Once applied, rub it into the stain a little, and let it sit for a few minutes.

  2. Soak the garment to get rid of the odor

    After pre-treating the stain, allow the garment to sit for a few minutes in a bowl of water mixed with baking soda.

  3. Wash the garment

    Wash the garment in either a regular load of laundry or by itself. Wash it in the hottest water possible, as per the instructions on the tag. If the odor is still there after soaking in the baking soda and water mix, add half a box of baking soda to the wash along with the detergent.

  4. Inspect the garment

    Check the spot to see if the stain is still there before putting the garment in the dryer. If the stain is still there, repeat these steps. If not, dry as normal.