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After a hards day of winterizing what do you to get the diesel smell out of you clothes? Tide isn't cutting it!
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I use Cheer? then a wash and double rinse. This seems to work for most of my clothes, and I get hit with diesel more than I care to admit filling my bobcat, trackhoe etc at work. along with one of two trucks.....

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Some boats also have a musty smell about them... and that odor seems to cling to your clothes and you have to double wash them.

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When working around 'oil, etc' dont wear 'natural fiber' clothing - cotton, wool, rayon, etc. as any oil, etc. will soak INTO and inside the porous fibers. Best is to wear 'polyester' clothing.

Long-term 'soak' (multiple soaks) in detergent and HOT water will aid in extraction of oil, etc. from 'natural' fibers but you're not going to get it 'all out'.
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After a hards day of winterizing what do you to get the diesel smell out of you clothes? Tide isn't cutting it!
Wash it again and use hot water. I am a grease monkey, never have any problems with the smell.


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Try adding about a half cup of vinegar to the wash cycle, it helps with skunk odor some and gives a clean smell to the clothes.
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Soak with a capful of Pine oil cleaner (like Pinesol) then wash as usual.

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Try adding about a half cup of vinegar to the wash cycle, it helps with skunk odor some and gives a clean smell to the clothes.
Agree, a dock-neighbor told us about using white vinegar when one of our fuel tanks leaked onto the teak-and-holly sole. Soaking the wood in vinegar worked great! Vinegar also helps get spilled diesel odor out of fiberglass-lined lockers.
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Some boats also have a musty smell about them... and that odor seems to cling to your clothes and you have to double wash them.
lol, i got accused of having that old man smell the other day... this stuff actually works pretty well:

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