How to Get Rid of Gasoline Odor in Your Car
The gasoline odor in your car can be quite obnoxious, especially, when you're forced to spend long hours inside your car, like on a long trip. You can even get headaches and dizziness if the fumes have a high concentration, but most people will simply get sick, so here are some of the most common ways to get rid of the gasoline smell in your car.
Getting an air freshener and driving with the windows down seems to be the most obvious thing to do, but most of the times it's not enough to cover the smell, you have to neutralize it. In order to do that, you must find the source. Look in the carpeting in your trunk or inside the passenger space, and you're sure to find the cause.
When you do, you can use plenty of shampoo and water to lessen the damage done by the gasoline. Sometimes, if the stain is small, that will be enough to kill the smell, but in bad cases, even after thoroughly washing the carpet, you still get that funky smell.
A good tip, one that truckers have been using for a while, is to add ground coffee mix directly on the spot and leave them there for a week or so. The reason for that is that coffee contains a series of oils that absorb odors. There is no need for expensive coffee, even the cheapest brand will do and it won't even leave a stain on the carpet, so there is no danger.
Another odor-neutralizing substance is baking soda, and lots of it too. Sprinkle on the spot and leave overnight. The next day, brush it off and then you can vacuum the rest. The smell should be gone, and you're free to drive around all day without feeling sick to your stomach.
The fact that gasoline is an oily product, you can try out dishwashing liquid. This has the chemical composition to break down the oil and it should work like a charm in also eliminating the odor. For better results, apply directly on the stain and let it soak.
You might even try an older “recipe” that involves some apple cider vinegar and a spray bottle. The method requires you to spray a fine mist on the carpet and also in the inside of the car and leave it overnight with the windows open. It's not a foolproof method, but it might work for you.
If you're too busy or don't have enough faith in these old-fashion methods, you can always go for a specialized car interior cleaning substance. Make sure you read the instructions before you go headlong into spraying that all over the inside of your car. See what kind of materials you can use it on and if it stains.
The most commonly used method is ventilation. This means leaving your car with door-open for at least 24 hours. If you're going to consider this, make sure you remove all valuables from the car and also that you don't leave it unattended. The steady air flow in the interior will evaporate the fumes in the car, or, at least that's the idea.