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Laundering Gasoline Soaked Items

Question: I spilled gasoline on a jacket, denim skirt and shoes. There is no visible stain, but I made the mistake of laundering the skirt with other darks, and now there is more gasoline odor. The jacket is airing out in the garage, but it's not improving much. Is there a danger in laundering gasoline soaked items? What can you suggest?
-Ann Harlow

 

 

Answer 1: There should be no danger in the laundering process at this point. The odor from the gasoline has penetrated the fibers of the material. Washing with an emulsifier along with detergent should remove the solvent from the garments. Rinse thoroughly and tumble-dry...no more odors.


Answer 2: If the clothing is expensive, take it to a professional dry cleaner. Having the clothing dry-cleaned will remove the odor and any hidden stains. Dry cleaning works because the solvent detergent process strips the gas solvent from the fibers.

Quick Rinse - News From Around The World

Mac-Gray Corporation’s Lighten The Load™ Initiative

WALTHAM, Mass. — Mac-Gray Corporation, a provider of laundry facilities management services to multi-unit housing locations announced that it received the Carbonfund.org Foundation’s first annual For People and Planet award in the education category. Since Mac-Gray launched its Lighten the Load(TM) initiative in 2008 with Carbonfund.org, they have partnered with 29 academic institutions to offset more than 40 million pounds of carbon.

“This award highlights Mac-Gray’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Our Lighten the Load™ initiative is helping to reduce the carbon footprints of college and university laundry programs, while educating students on the benefits of being ‘green’ in the laundry room,” said Stewart G. MacDonald, Mac-Gray’s chief executive officer.