How to Get Diesel Fuel Odor Out of a Snowboarding Jacket

How to Get Diesel Fuel Odor Out of a Snowboarding Jacket
It can be a bummer when fuel of any kind gets spilled on one of your jackets, and diesel fuel is no exception. Trying to get the smell out is something that does take a while, but it is possible. Wash outdoor shell layers, such as snowboarding jackets, with a special soap so you keep the water resistant or waterproof coating intact during the process of removing the fuel smell.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Non-detergent soap
  • Reproofer
  • Washing machine and dryer
Step 1
Pour a small amount of a non-detergent soap such as Nikwax Tech Wash, or a gentle cleaning agent such as Soap Flakes. Non-detergent soap allows you to wash garments with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coatings without damaging the coating. Apply directly on the diesel fuel stain so a thin film of soap covers the area. Scrub this area with a sponge and let it soak. This will target the specific spot before washing the entire garment.
Step 2
Place your snowboarding jacket in the washing machine without any other items. Pour the soap into the washing machine's dispenser or right on the jacket if it is the type of machine without a dispenser. Use two full capfuls if using soft water and three capfuls if using hard water.
Step 3
Dial your washing machine to a normal wash cycle with a complete rinse cycle and start it.
Step 4
Tumble dry the snowboarding jacket in your dryer on a low heat setting if the inner label allows. If not, hang dry it in a well ventilated area at room temperature.
Step 5
Repeat the washing process in the washing machine with the soap at least two more times. Depending on how much diesel fuel has been spilled on the jacket you may want to wash it even more to get the smell out. You can wash a garment six to eight times with a soap such as Tech Wash before it needs reproofing.
Step 6
Use a reproofer such as TX Direct spray-on for jackets with liners or wash-in for just shell jackets, to add water repellency to the jacket again and revive breathability.

Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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