How do I clean a gas spill in my car’s trunk?

Help! The jerry can I keep in my trunk just tipped over and now my entire trunk is covered in gasoline. Can you tell me how to clean a spill in my car’s trunk?

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Answer provided by
Natalie Todoroff
Answered on Apr 27, 2022
Oh no! First things first, you’ll want to get out of the car, open your trunk, and roll down your windows. When inhaled in a closed space like your car, gasoline fumes can be dangerous.
Once you’re out of your car, follow these steps on how to clean a gas spill in a trunk:
  • Grab an old rag or towel to soak up the spilled gasoline
  • Dampen the area with water to help loosen the gasoline molecules from your trunk
  • Sprinkle with kitty litter, salt, or cornmeal to help absorb any remaining gasoline
  • Use carpet shampoo or another household cleaning solution to remove the stain. A mixture of equal parts vinegar, baking soda, and dishwashing liquid makes for an effective solution against gasoline stains
  • Scrub the shampooed and cleansed area with a nylon brush
  • Pat to dry with fresh paper towels or newspaper and let your car air out
Perhaps the hardest part about a gasoline stain is getting rid of the lingering smell. The sooner you start cleaning up a gasoline spill, the easier it will be to get rid of the smell. If you didn’t already have an air freshener in your car, now it certainly is the time to get one!
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