How Can Gasoline Be Cleaned Off the Skin?

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To clean skin that has made contact with gasoline, remove any contaminated clothing items or accessories, including leather goods such as watches or shoes. Blot the skin to remove excess gasoline. Wash the contaminated skin under lukewarm water, and gently cleanse the area with a nonabrasive soap.

After cleansing the affected area for about 5 minutes, clean any clothing or other materials that were exposed to the gasoline before reuse. Items that are not cleaned before reuse can redeposit gasoline onto the skin. Prolonged exposure to gasoline through skin contact can irritate the skin and expose the person to risk of inhalation. Inhalation of gasoline can irritate the throat and nose and cause headaches, dizziness and nausea. In severe cases, it can damage the nervous system.