My husband is a pipefitter and they use some kind of oil on the pipes which gets on his clothes and when I wash and dry, the smell stays on his clothes as well as the rest of the clothes I wash (which I wash separtely from his). WHat can I do to get rid of the smell. I assume the smell stays on everything once the clothes are dried in the dryer. What can I do - it is driving me nuts. Thanks.
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To remove gas (petrol) smell from clothing, soak overnight in baby
oil (use like you would downy), then wash in baking soda, then wash with
normal detergent. It will rid "gas smell" from an entire basket of
clothes. Air Dry ONLY
From ehow website:
Buy a bottle of baby oil. Since gas is an oil based product it is going
to take an oil based product to clean the gas out of your clothing. Baby
oil is a great product to use as it shouldn't, in most cases, cause
further damage to your clothing.
Soak your clothes with a bit of laundry detergent, water, and a generous
portion of baby oil. Also dab some right on the stain before soaking.
Swash your clothes in the water for a while and let them sit for about
five minutes. Transfer the clothes into your washer, once again
remembering not to mix them with any other clothing, and let the cycle
Wash the clothes. If you have a top load washer, let it partially fill
up about 1/4 of the way with water. Put some of the baby oil in the wash
with the clothes and swash it around a bit. Once the washer cycle
begins, add the detergent and let the cycle finish. Make sure that your
gas coated clothes are the only clothes you put in the wash.
Dry your clothing. Make sure you only AIR DRY on a clothes line these
clothes. It could take more than one wash to get all the oil out of your
clothing. If you use the dryer after the first, or even the second
time, you could risk starting a fire in your dryer.
Check and see if any smell remains in your clothing. If the smell of gas
remains on the clothing repeat the wash with baby oil again until the
smell is gone.
The problem is the water in the vent pipe.You will have to empty the water out of the vent pipe. If the vent is running under the house, crawl under, starting at the closest dip to the dryer and work it out to the exterior. Then use some wire or ties to secure it to the floor joists to keep the dips from reoccurring. If there is water in the pipe, then the dryer can't blow the warm, moist air out of the tumbler. It is the equivalent of trying to dry clothes in a sauna. There is nothing wrong with the dryer, it is working correctly. The problem is the vent.
There may be a build up of excess lint in the inner tubes. You can remove the vent pipe and visually examine the tube. The build up of lint will cause odor if its excessive and could be hazardous. You may want to unplug the dryer and vacuum the tube out if possible. P.S: The best way to get that fresh smell is to use an outdoor clothesline.. and save energy too! lol
my first guess would be something ,someone placed in dryer perhaps coveralls or oily clothing.There is no place that I am aware of on a dryer where you could pick up oil leaks from ..are you sure you did not have a lint fire,the oil stains may be soot
Have you recently painted anywhere in your home. And I mean anywhere? Paint fumes or other chemical type cleaners or solvents will get in the elements and put off that whole gas or oil smell. If no, have you put any type of clothes in the dryer that may have had some paint or anything else petroleum based on them to dry. That also could have caused this smell as well. If your hot water heater runs on propane or natural gas, check it careful for leaks. This could be a serious situation as a major explosion could happen if it is leaking. Leave the house and call 911 immediatly from a safe distance. I doubt that this is the problem, but be safe than sorry. Let me know if none of these are the culprits. Thanks and let me know.
Of course, this applies to gas dryers only. If you smell natural gas near your gas dryer, do not light matches or a lighter and don't operate electrical switches or anything that might spark, igniting an explosion.
Immediately shut off the gas valve that serves the dryer.
If the smell is mild, ventilate the area, wait until the air is clear, and re-light your pilot light.
If the smell is strong, move everyone outside, leaving the doors open to ventilate the house.
Turn off the gas supply valve --located by the gas meter on the gas inlet pipe-- by rotating the valve one quarter turn with an adjustable wrench. The valve's oblong stem should be perpendicular (at a right angle) to the inlet pipe to stop the flow of gas.
Call your gas supplier (or the fire department) from a neighbor's phone or a cellular phone outside the house.