How to Wash Gasoline Smell off Your Hands

Anyone who has worked on automobiles or ever pumped their own gasoline will understand that the smell of gas is hard to remove from one’s hands. The reason is the flammability of the gasoline fumes and precautions should be taken when removing the remains from hands. There are effective ways of eliminating the odor. A combination of organic compounds found conveniently in home or from your local market can be used to get rid of the smell. Follow the simple directions.

Things Needed

  • Gritty soap
  • Coffee grounds
  • Anti-grease detergent
  • Hand cleansers
  • Lemon

Wash Gasoline Smell

  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Alcohol or other alcohol-based hand cleansers


The most basic answer to wash the gasoline smell off the hands is to wash then with soap. For scrubbing off the oily residue, a gritty soap will be helpful. If it is not available, then coffee grounds can be used for hands that smell fresh and clean. For removing as much smell as possible, make sure to get soap in the knuckles and under the finger nails where the dirt can get trapped. An anti-grease detergent can be used in full strength to get the smell out. Rub it well on the skin with a dry towel and use a toothbrush or nail brush for the nails is required.

If the smell still does not finish, then use hand cleansers because they are specially designed for removing oils, grease and grime. For getting the best results, use of this mechanic soap should be followed up with ordinary soap and water.

Look around the house and try to find some possible solutions for hands that smell like gasoline. One such mixture is a paste of vinegar and baking soda. Rub and rinse the hands in the mixture till they smell clean. This method is safe as compared to blending bleach with detergent and baking soda. It can work but it is possible that the fumes from the undiluted solution of hydrogen peroxide can give a headache.

Another method is to slice a lemon is half and scrub the skin over the hands. The juice has to be rubbed in every corner and wrinkle of the hands including the under parts of the nails for removing the smell. On the other hand, same can be done using eucalyptus oil.

The commonly available degreasing detergents found in the laundry can also be of a great help. Make a pate by mixing them with a small amount of water or normal detergent. Always rinse the hands properly in cold water. Alcohol or other alcohol-based hand cleansers can also be used as an organic solvent that can help to get rid of the smell of oily gasoline residue from the hands.

Tips and Precautions

  • Always wash your hands in a ventilated area.
  • Don’t expose yourself to any flames while having gasoline on hands.