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Fascinating laundry question, honestly it's scintillating

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TimTamTerrier Thu 02-Feb-17 22:51:12

Ok, I lied. When I was putting diesel in the car today there was a huge gust of wind as I took the nozzle out of the car and a few drops blew onto my jumper/tunic. I've washed it but it still smells of diesel, although not as strongly as it did. What should I try next? It's wool so it needs a cool, gentle wash.


wobblywonderwoman Thu 02-Feb-17 22:52:54

Few drops of white vinegar

NapQueen Thu 02-Feb-17 22:52:57


Chanel no.5?

Make one of your dc wear it for three days straight then it will just smell like them

JohnLapsleyParlabane Thu 02-Feb-17 22:53:17

If it hasn't marked then can you just air it outside? Otherwise, dilute vodka is brilliant at getting smells out, you spray it on like febreeze.

TimTamTerrier Thu 02-Feb-17 22:57:20

I have white vinegar so I'll give it a wash with that tomorrow. No chance of airing it outside at the moment, unless pissing down rain is good for getting rid of smells.

I don't think I have any vodka, but that can be easily remedied. It'll probably have to be good stuff as I don't like cheap vodka so it would just sit in the cupboard forever and be wasted unless it's good enough to be drunk. grin


ShotgunNotDoingThePans Thu 02-Feb-17 23:51:37

Well it's oil-based so I'd probably treat it like oil-based paint - ie, white spirit then detergent (Fairy Liquid rather than eco-style). I very much doubt chucking white vinegar in the wash will achieve anything.
A quick google recommends pre-treating with 'your favourite stain remover.' You can always come back and try the white soirit/detergent thing after seeing the outcome of the usrless white vinegar. It shouldn't be too late even if the stain has been washed and dried again.

AuditAngel Fri 03-Feb-17 00:02:11

I would try washing up liquid to remove the oil/grease effect

TimTamTerrier Fri 03-Feb-17 08:28:43

There's no stain as far as I can see, it's a dark-ish grey jumper. It's just the smell that's bothering me.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Fri 03-Feb-17 22:40:31

Probs Fairy liquid would do but not if you can't find the spot where rhe diesel is.
Doesn't seem to be one failsafe method jusging by this.

ppeatfruit Sat 04-Feb-17 13:16:56

Shotgun White vinegar is not useless . BUT it needs a hight temperature to work well. Though I find it's quite good at 40. I hate and am allergic to those highly chemically perfumed products . so I always use it for neutralising smells like B.O. etc. it WORKS !!

So sorry OP no good in woollen washes. Try bicarb of soda , it's gentler.

TimTamTerrier Sat 04-Feb-17 13:29:40

Do you just put bicarb of soda into the powder drawer, or should I mix it with some water first?

Sgtmajormummy Sat 04-Feb-17 13:37:17

Talcum powder blown into the general area, left for a couple of hours and then shaken out should soak up any oil and give a nice "granny" smell to your top, dearie.

ppeatfruit Sat 04-Feb-17 13:39:12

I would mix it with some water and gently 'rub' it where you think it smells, then wash it as normal.

picklemepopcorn Sat 04-Feb-17 13:43:09

Sprinkle bicarb onto the area and leave it a moment. Give it a pat to get the powder through the jumper. Do from the other side too, leave a day, squirt with white vinegar and wash.

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