How to Remove the Smell of Gasoline From Your Hands

how to remove the smell of gasoline from your hands

If you’ve spilled gas on your hands and tried to wash it off with soap and water, you would’ve found that the pungent smell lingers. Luckily, you can break yourself clean of the smell in just a few minutes! Here are 5 methods to follow.

Method 1. Baking Soda and Vinegar

The chemical reaction caused by baking soda and vinegar helps to lift and remove the oils in gasoline that stick to the skin.

  1. Take a palmful of baking soda into your hand, and add a tablespoon of vinegar.
  2. Scrub vigorously for at least two minutes.
  3. Once the smell is gone, thoroughly rinse your hands with water.

Method 2. Hydrogen Peroxide

In the past, hydrogen peroxide was just used to treat skin wounds and kill germs. Today, it is often used for non-medical situations, like cleaning, disinfecting, and stain removal.

Hydrogen peroxide can irritate the skin, so if your skin is sensitive, you may want to use another method.

  1. Pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide onto your palms.
  2. Scrub your hands together until the smell is gone.
  3. Rinse your hands under running water.

Method 3. Lemon Juice

Do you have an old lemon in the fridge? Use it to get the smell of gasoline off your hands.

  1. Pour a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water over your hands.
  2. Rub the juice into your palms and fingers for two minutes or until you no longer smell the gasoline.
  3. Either rinse off your hands with soap and water or just water by itself.

Method 4. Salt and Detergent

You can also take your preferred detergent and make it more powerful with the help of salt. The salt helps exfoliate away the gas smell.

  1. Pour one to two teaspoons of salt into a small cup.
  2. Put a little detergent on your hands and scrub. Once your hands are soapy, pour the salt on top.
  3. Scrub your hands again to remove the penetrating smell.
  4. Rinse your hands off with running water. If you still smell gasoline, you can repeat the method once again.

Method 5. Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is the preferred method by many people due to the pleasant smell it leaves.

  1. Mix a few drops of vanilla extract into a half cup of water.
  2. Pour the mixture over your hands and scrub for at least a minute.
  3. When the gasoline smell is gone, rinse your hands.

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