How to Wash Gasoline Smell Off Your Hands

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How to Wash Gasoline Smell Off Your Hands

You’ve just spent a good part of the day doing repairs to your car’s engine, and your reward? Gasoline smell on your hands. It can be quite tricky to remove, but there are ways how.

Method One: Lemon

Slice a whole lemon into two, and use the rinds to scrub it all over your hands, making sure you work in the juice between your fingers and under your fingernails.

Eucalyptus oil used in the same way also yields similar results.

Method Two: Baking Soda

Make a paste using baking soda and water. Use the paste to rub thoroughly on your hands. Rinse. If the smell is still there, repeat until it is totally gone.

You also have the option of adding a few drops of vinegar, lemon, dish detergent or hydrogen peroxide to make the smell easier to remove.

Method Three: Detergent

hand washUse a detergent made especially for cleaning up grease. Apply undiluted on your hands and use a dry tea towel to rub and scrub into your skin. Get an old but clean toothbrush and scrub the detergent even more in your skin. Rinse. Repeat if necessary.

Degreaser detergents like Borax can also be made into a paste to be applied and rubbed into your hands. Rinse thoroughly with cold running water.

Method Four: Soap and Water

Wash your hands immediately using gritty soap and water. Scrub off as much of the oily residue as you can, especially under your fingernails.

Using mechanic’s soap is also particularly helpful, because they were made precisely to deal with gasoline on your hands. You simply rub the soap in your hands, wipe with a paper towel, and then follow up with a mild washing with normal soap. Rinse afterward

Method Five: Rubbing Alcohol

Use rubbing alcohol applied on cotton balls and blot (not rub) the gasoline smell off. You can also try using hand-sanitizers instead. They remove the smell along with the gasoline residue.



  1. charles said,

    on March 28th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I scrub my hands with a slice of lemon. it did a good job. thax

  2. on March 1st, 2012 at 6:33 pm

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  3. Bailey D. said,

    on May 14th, 2009 at 7:33 am

    There’s a new product out called Gasoline Hands that was developed to remove the gasoline odor. I’ve tried it and it really works! They come in a disposable wipes container (like Wet Ones). Here’s a link to the web site: