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Diesel trucks have their place in the world. They’re the heavy lifters of commercial vehicles, and also (at times) a pain to maintain. Repairs often take speciality mechanics, they’re massive, and are generally pretty dang expensive. But, of course, you know this. You’re here to learn how to get diesel out of clothes – and you came to the right place.

The best ways to get diesel out of clothes are baking soda and vinegar or coke, mouthwash (believe it or not), and detergents that use baking soda (like Oxi-Clean).

Keep reading to see exactly how to get diesel out of your clothes, and perhaps more importantly, how not to do it.

Getting Diesel Out of Clothes: Do/Do Not

Let’s start with what not to do if you stain your clothes with diesel and what exactly diesel is.

First things first, diesel is an oil stain. This means that you should treat it with a degreaser or heavy-duty solvent and avoid washing it with other unstained clothes. You should also avoid washing it in the machine before removing the stain. You can risk spreading the diesel into the washer – which is the opposite of what we want.

In addition, things like bleach will ruin your clothes – so be careful with what you use to treat the stain. It’s also important that you treat the stain as soon as possible. The longer it sits, the more it will set, making the stain more obvious and harder to remove.

Finally, it’s important that if you’re treating a fresh stain that you dab, rather than scrub at the stain. Scrubbing will spread the stain, while dabbing will pull it up out of the cloth fibres.

So how exactly do you get diesel out of clothes?

Vinegar and Baking Soda

Surprise! DreamyHome is back at it again with the trusty combination of vinegar and baking soda. Seriously – we love this combination over here; it’s just too good to ignore.

To remove a diesel stain from your clothes with vinegar and baking soda is surprisingly easy! One thing to remember, though, is that if you waited too long (or have a very serious stain) this won’t do the trick alone. To remove diesel this way, there are two options. Some people swear by putting in vinegar and baking soda with your regular detergent and simply washing the clothing solo in your washing machine. I personally disagree.

By doing this, you risk removing the diesel and then having it seep into your washing machine. Not only will this imbue other clothes with a faint diesel-y smell, but it isn’t really great for the machine. I recommend combining a litre of vinegar with 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda and scrubbing away at your clothing until the diesel lifts out. Give this process at least ten minutes, preceded by at least five of letting your cleaning solution soak into the cloth.

This will get as much of the stain out as possible, and then you can wash with more vinegar and baking soda.

Coca-Cola and Baking Soda

Firstly, this solution doesn’t require just Coke and baking soda. You’re going to need enough warm water to completely submerge the clothing in question. You’ll also want one cup of degreaser (Tide works well), a 2-litre bottle of Coca-Cola, and a whole box of baking soda. Here’s what to do:

  1. Soak the item of clothing in warm water mixed with your degreaser of choice for at least two hours. This will break down the oil, making removal much easier.
  2. Drain, rinse, and wring out the clothing and water. Repeat the process with more, clean water, alongside the Coke and baking soda.
    1. Ensure your baking soda is fully dissolved into the mixture. This will prevent baking soda stains and is just good cleaning practice.
  3. Soak for at least 12 hours. More, if needed.

Now you just wash as normal in your washing machine.

Fast Orange

Now, Fast Orange is a bit hard to find online if you live in the UK, but you can find a similar product, called Swarfega in most auto shops and hardware stores. In short, it’s a degreaser specifically designed to remove grease and diesel from your hands. If you’ve ever known a blue-collar worker, you have run into this – because it’s absolutely great.

Again, I haven’t tried this on clothing, but I’ve used it on myself and it definitely removes grease and diesel stains, near immediately. This, in combination with Arm & Hammer in your washing machine will absolutely do the trick. One thing, though – don’t get the kind with “microbeads.” You’re looking for the smooth version. This is for two reasons:

  1. Those tiny beads (often made of plastic) are terrible for the environment, and I can’t recommend you use them in good faith.
  2. If it’s replaced with pumice, or any other similar “scrubby bead,” it doesn’t matter. It will actively damage your washing machine – so read the label before using it.

Mouth Wash

Now, I haven’t tried this method personally. However, this is apparently a trick that a surprising number of people swear by – so it goes on the list! According to legend, all you must do to remove diesel from clothes is the following:

Mix Listerine (or another mouth wash) in with your laundry and wash as you normally would (again, without other clothes). This apparently will remove the stain and clean your washing machine. I can’t fully back this, as I haven’t tried it, but it’s worth mentioning if you’re feeling desperate.

Final Thoughts

Getting diesel out of clothes can be a pain. Luckily, you’ve got this article to guide you! Using any of these methods will absolutely remove diesel from your clothes, though the internet swears that Fast Orange is the end all, be all of degreasers. Try vinegar and baking soda first, or the Coca-Cola version if you’ve got some spare cola lying around.

And remember – don’t use bleach, don’t machine wash before removing the stain, and don’t wash with other unstained items.

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About the Author Harry Thompson

Involved in home renovations throughout his life, Harry is an expert in everything to do with home and garden DIY. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and tending to his garden.