How to Remove Motor Oil Smells

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Use decorative stones to create a decoration that also absorbs the smell of motor oil.
Use decorative stones to create a decoration that also absorbs the smell of motor oil. (Image: decorative stones image by Alex Motrenko from Fotolia.com)

Motor oil has many applications today aside from its use in cars. It can be used as a lubricant for other vehicles, and it can also be used in recipes as a lubricating agent for things like gears, guns and hinges. The smell of motor oil is extremely pungent and can absorb into clothes, cars and homes. Fortunately, it's not difficult to remove intense motor oil odors from various items.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Decorative glass jars or empty candle holders
  • Decorative stones
  • Cloth satchel
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Dried orange peels

Fill a decorative glass jar or empty candle holder ¾ of the way full with baking soda.

Place decorative stones on top of or throughout the baking soda. You could also use marbles, fake flowers or tea candles in the glass jar. If you use candles, do not light them.

Place the jars all around your home and in the garage as needed. Baking soda is a natural odor absorber; after 24 to 48 hours, the smell should dissipate.

Add 1 cup of baking soda to your laundry and allow the laundry to soak overnight before washing as usual.

Place one cinnamon stick and two to four pieces of dried orange peel in a cloth satchel. Pour baking soda on top of the cinnamon and orange peel. Close up the satchel and gently shake it around or rub it between your palms.

Hang the satchel on your rear-view mirror to absorb the smell out of the car.

Tips & Warnings

  • Replace the baking soda every one to three months for continuous odor absorbing power.

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