How to Dissipate Gasoline Fumes

Pumping gas often leaves the smell of gasoline on your hands.
Pumping gas often leaves the smell of gasoline on your hands. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Gasoline can be a health hazard. It's highly flammable and if the fumes are breathed in, you may experience headaches, nausea or dizziness. Unfortunately, dissipating gasoline fumes is particularly challenging, especially when gas has been spilled on your body or other materials you come in contact with. However, it is still possible to dissipate the fumes if you use the appropriate methods.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 lemon
  • Knife
  • Hand soap
  • Baking soda
  • Laundry detergent
  • Laundry washer
  • Clay cat litter
  • Dish washing detergent
  • Spray bottle
  • 3 rags
  • Garbage bag

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Dissipating Gasoline Fumes on Your Hands

Cut the lemon in half.

Squeeze the lemon juice from one half onto your hands and wrists.

Rub the other half of the lemon all over your hands and wrists.

Rub your hands together for a few minutes. Try to get the lemon juice under your nails and in each crevice of your hands and wrists.

Rinse your hands with warm water and wash them with hand soap and more warm water.

Dissipating Gasoline Fumes on Your Clothes

Sprinkle baking soda over the area that is emitting the gasoline fumes. Allow the baking soda to work into the fabric for about a half hour.

Wash the clothing using the hottest temperature appropriate for the clothing.

Remove the clothing from the washer and hang it to dry. Do not dry the clothing in a dryer, as any residual gasoline and the heat from a dryer could ignite.

Dissipating Gasoline Fumes from your Vehicle

Remove your vehicle from the garage and open all of the windows. Open your trunk as well if the gasoline fumes are present.

Sprinkle clay cat litter over the area of the car that is emitting the gasoline smell. Leave the litter on the area for about a half hour.

Remove the cat litter from the vehicle with one of your rags. Dispose of it in a garbage bag.

Fill a spray bottle with hot water and a few drops of dish washing liquid. Shake the contents gently to mix the solution.

Spray the area with the mixture and scrub it with the second rag. Dampen the third rag with warm water and wipe down the area to remove excess dish washing liquid. Leave the area to dry for at least an hour. Leave the windows and trunk open during this time.


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