How to Get the Smell of Gasoline Out of Your Hair

By Sarah Vrba

Gasoline is a part of everyday life, from filling up at the gas station to running errands in almost any type of vehicle. This also means it has the potential to splash onto skin and hair when a mechanism goes awry. The harsh chemicals in gasoline can become engrained in your hair, clothes and skin and can be difficult to remove right away. To get rid of the smell, take action as soon as possible after your hair has come into contact with gasoline.

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Gasoline can cling onto clothes and hair for days.

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Step 1

Dampen your hair with some warm water. Put your head over a bathtub or sink and fill your hand with some baking soda.

Step 2

Rub the baking soda into your hair from root to tip until all of your hair is covered. Twist up the hair into a bun if you have long hair and clip into place. Allow it to soak in for at least 30 minutes.

Step 3

Pour some tea tree oil shampoo into your palm. Add a couple of drops of vanilla oil to the shampoo for extra cleansing power.

Step 4

Wash out the baking soda using the tea tree oil shampoo mixture. Be sure to remove all the excess baking powder.

Step 5

Repeat this process every day for a week to reduce the smell of the gasoline. Depending on the amount of gasoline that came into contact with your hair, it might take a few washes to properly remove the smell.