How to get diesel out of clothes

Necessity is the mother of invention, and sometimes, the mother of “call someone who knows and ask them if they’ve come up with a solution rather than re-inventing the wheel ourselves.”

Necessity this time was created by Rosebud.  She asked for some diesel to help saturate the burn pile… and promptly spilled it on herself.  Soaked to the skin.  Including her clothing.

Nothing to do but call someone who’s spent plenty of time soaked in all kinds of noxious substances – our ubiquitous friend Pete!  What a blessing he’s been to us this year – we’ve learned SO MUCH.

Apparently, Pete’s mom Donna is the Laundry Fairy and has learned all kinds of tricks out of the sheer desperation caused by Pete coming home drenched in all kinds of unmentionable yuck.

The trick to diesel removal?  Oxygen bleach.  LOTS of oxygen bleach.

I put Rosebud’s shirt and Mr. Caffeinated’s reeking jeans in a bucket of hot water and a half cup of oxygen bleach and left them on the porch for two days.  You can see the diesel coming out of the fabric…


… it helped quite a bit.  The jeans were still a bit whiffy after they went through the wash, but they were tremendously improved from their original state.  Rosebud’s shirt went in for another soaking, and I have high hopes that it will be diesel-free once it’s been laundered again.

{Update, 7/11/2013: It did!  Amazing!}


Rosebud herself wasn’t smelling any too rosy either.  The trick there was to have her lather up with vegetable oil  (makes sense; diesel is oil-based), then to wash thoroughly with a grease-cutting soap, such as Dawn dish detergent.  That worked great!  We’ve been using that tip for a week now.

The end of the bonfires is in sight – the last of the roots went on the pile today.  Hallelujah!


About dep31

I am a farm-raised homeschooling mom. I take great joy in making nutritious food that inspires people to take seconds. Thirds, anyone? We are a God-fearing, Christ worshiping family that enjoys good friends and good eats. If the kitchen is clean and the living room carpet is visible, then that's a nice bonus.
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