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How to Get Diesel Out of Clothes



A sign with the word diesel on it.

Trucks, trains, boats, construction equipment, farming equipment, generators, motorhomes and more all run on diesel. Usually, if you need something with a little extra punch, it is diesel. If you have worked with the fuel before then you know it is infamous for two things. Stains and odors. 

It is bad enough when diesel leaks onto the floor of a garage and stains the floor but sometimes diesel ends up on you and your clothing. Diesel fuel can be nasty stuff and it isn’t easy to clean. Special methods and cleaning solutions are needed to resolve pesky stains and even then the odor can linger. Thankfully there are some solutions.   


A pair of blue jeans.

A diesel stain on your favorite jeans doesn’t always mean they are destined for the trash heap.


How do you remove diesel stains from clothing?

So you were fueling up a diesel generator or maybe a diesel truck and some of the fuel splashed down the front of your pants. Now what? 

Diesel can be a tricky thing to remove from cloth and the stains can sometimes seem permanent. Combined with grease stains it can seem impossible. Some people just throw the clothing away, but that’s a waste. Instead of getting rid of a nice pair of jeans or your favorite shirt just follow the steps here to remove the stain. 


Before we dive into that there are a few things you should consider:


  • Is the stained garment labeled as “dry clean only”? If so then you need to take it to a professional dry cleaner. If you try to clean this yourself you will probably ruin the garment. Also, home dry cleaning kits won’t be effective and can even be dangerous to use when it comes to grease and diesel. 


  • The following steps are only meant for clothing. If you have a diesel stain on carpeting or upholstery you should use a different approach. We will cover that in another section of this article so keep reading! 


  • Just a reminder, diesel fumes are flammable and they can make you noxious. If you have a really bad stain you probably also have really bad fumes. Make sure that there are no open flames or electrical equipment that might spark near the stain and cause a fire. Also, open windows and doors to ventilate the area you are working in. Your body will thank you. 


  • Finally, after you remove the stain you might still notice diesel fumes. The next sections after this will cover how to get rid of diesel odors.  


Steps for removing diesel stains 


Step 1: Gather the right tools and supplies 

For your supplies, you are going to need a solvent-based stain remover like OxiClean or Shout or an enzyme-based heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent like Tide. You might want baking soda as well. The baking soda is optional and it is included just to help fight the odor from the beginning. You will also need a soft-bristled brush (a toothbrush will do) and a washing machine and dryer/clothesline as well. 


Step 2: Pretreatment 

Begin by pretreating the stain with the solvent-based stain remover or enzyme-based heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent. Use the soft-bristled brush to rub this into the stain. More absorbent and tougher materials might need more work. Once that is done let the garment sit for 15-20 minutes so the pretreatment can fully soak in. 


Step 3: Wash 

Wash the item in the hottest water that the fabric can handle. Check the label on the garment for direction. 


  • Do not use any chlorine bleach with the stained garment. This can create harmful fumes! 


  • Do not wash the garment with other unstained clothing 


After washing the item the stain should be gone. If it is still visible then repeat these first steps until the stain is gone. Old stains can be harder to get out so it is always better to clean a stained piece of clothing as soon as possible. 


Step 4: Soak (Optional) 

The stain is gone but the fuel odors might not be. This is the step to take care of that. Use one cup of baking soda in enough hot water to cover the garment and then let it sit like that overnight. Once the garment has soaked, wash it again like normal. In the next sections, we will cover other methods for tackling stubborn diesel odors.


Step 5: Dry 

If the odor is completely gone then you can now dry the garment in a regular drying machine. However, if there is any odor do not use a drying machine! This can start a fire if sparks from the machine ignite fumes from the diesel. If there is some odor left, try air-drying the cloth. This might remove the last lingering smells.         


A crate of eggs.

The sulfur that contributes to the bad smell in diesel is also in a chemical that makes rotten eggs smell bad.


Why does diesel smell bad?

Have you ever driven past a facility that uses lots of sulfur? That pungent odor, like rotten eggs, lingers in the air. Well, in the United States diesel has very high sulfur content. Combined with the nickel in diesel it works as a great lubricant for engines. Unfortunately, it also stinks.  


How do you remove the smell of diesel from clothing?

If regular baking soda and air drying don’t do the trick then there are four other methods you can try to get the smell of diesel out of your clothing


Method 1: Baking soda and vinegar 

The only thing better than one deodorizer is two deodorizers. Just wash the garment with about half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar and then leave it to air dry. This method is good but for really strong odors you might need to try something else. 


Method 2: Coke and baking soda

You’re going to need a plastic tub of warm water, a cup of degreaser, a 2-liter bottle of Coca Cola, and a box of baking soda. 

First, put the garment in the warm water with the degreaser and let it soak for a couple of hours. Then drain the tub and rinse it out. Next, fill it back up with clean water, the 2-liter bottle of Coke and the baking soda. Mix that all up and let it sit for up to 24 hours. After that just let the garment air dry, wash it regularly and you should be odor-free. This may seem a little unconventional but some people swear by it. 


Method 3: Listerine

Speaking of unconventional. Listerine mouthwash is a great deodorizer. Just pour some into the washing machine and clean the garment like you normally would. This works for many odors actually. It turns out Listerine is good for more than just your teeth.


Method 4: Fast Orange 

Fast Orange is a product that is very effective at removing grease from your hands but it also works to get rid of diesel fuel odors. You can find it on Amazon or even at Walmart. Just put the hand cleaner into your washing machine and let it do its magic. 


Can you wash clothes with diesel fuel on them?

You can wash clothes with diesel fuel on them but it is always best to follow the guidelines previously mentioned. Don’t wash the clothing with other unstained garments and you should always pretreat the stain properly to make sure it comes off. 

The most important thing to remember is that you should not place garments with diesel stains or diesel odors into a drying machine. This can cause a fire. 


Is it dangerous to get diesel on you? 


According to the World Health Organization:

“Diesel is not considered to be particularly toxic and accidental poisoning is very rare. However, if diesel is swallowed, medical advice should be obtained immediately as there is a small risk of short-term lung damage if vomiting occurs or if droplets of diesel are inhaled. Long-term skin exposure to diesel may result in eczema (dermatitis)and should be avoided.”

That’s the official word on diesel. If diesel is left on your skin for too long it will be absorbed. This can lead to eczema as mentioned but very large levels of exposure can also lead to kidney damage. 

Diesel fumes can irritate your eyes, skin and respiratory tract and can ultimately cause dizziness, headache, and nausea. That’s just in the short term. Long term exposure can cause lung cancer, kidney damage and even increase the risk of a heart attack. 

In short, it is always best to keep diesel off of you and your clothing. If you do get some on you you should get it off as soon as you can. 


A person with diesel on their hands.

An overexposure to diesel over time can be dangerous for your health. It is always best to clean it off and follow the steps mentioned here.


How to get diesel fuel off your skin?

If you have gotten diesel on your clothing then it is likely you have gotten it on your skin as well. If you know that you will be refueling something with diesel or that you will be working with diesel you should wear gloves, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and even eye protection. You’re better safe than sorry as they say.

If you have Fast Orange you can use the product to quickly get diesel and grease off your hands and other parts of your body. If you don’t have that you can try this common home remedy. First, fill one bottle with vinegar and another bottle with water. You can prepare this beforehand if you think you might get diesel on you. 

Then, if diesel gets on you or soaks through your clothes you just need to douse the area with vinegar to wash away the diesel. Follow that up with the water and dry the area thoroughly with a clean towel. 

It might help to label the bottles “Vinegar” and “Water” so you easily know which is which. If you regularly work with diesel you can keep these nearby.     


How to get diesel fuel off of other things.

Diesel spills everywhere. It can end up on you, your clothes, and the ground. Sometimes you track it inside with you unaware that it is on the bottom of your shoes or you sit in a chair not knowing your backside is covered in the fuel. That creates some unique challenges. You can wash your clothes but you can’t just wash your carpeting or sofa. Here’s what to do instead.

Note: This method works for smaller stains on carpets or upholstery. If you accidentally dumped an entire jug of diesel on your living room carpet you are going to need a professional. Larger stains usually require something to be totally replaced.


 Step 1: Gather your tools and supplies 

You are going to need heavy-duty paper towels or rags, baking soda or kitty litter, and liquid dishwashing detergent such as Dawn. You will also need to find a shop vacuum, a soft-bristled brush, and a sponge. 


Step 2: Blot

First, blot the stain with the towels and rags to remove as much excess liquid as possible. The key here is to blot and not wipe. Make sure you don’t spread the stain around. 


Step 3: Soak up 

Next, use the baking soda or kitty litter and sprinkle it over the spot to help further absorb the liquid as well as the odor. Leave this in place for about four hours so it can really work on the stain. 


Step 4: Vacuum 

Use the shop vacuum to pick up all the baking soda or kitty litter. If the powder is still damp then repeat step 3 again and proceed from there. 


Step 5: Apply the cleaning solution

Mix a cleaning solution with one tablespoon of detergent and one cup of warm water. Using the soft-bristled brush, work this into the stain working from the outer edges towards the center so as to avoid spreading the diesel. 


Step 6: Blot, rinse, and dry   


Now blot the spot with a clean dry towel and then rinse it with a sponge dipped in regular water. This should remove any remaining soap. Let the area air dry for best results. Don’t use a hairdryer or any other heat source to dry it. If you can still see a stain after you have done all six steps then start from the top and do it all again.   


What to do if a stain just won’t come out

You spilled diesel on your favorite pair of pants, you’ve tried every technique in this article and the stain is still there! Wow, well, what do you do? Many people would throw away the pants and buy another pair. You shouldn’t do that though. The pants are still useful in several ways. 


  • You can still wear them as work clothes. If the odor isn’t too bad then the pants might be useful for gardening, mechanical work, or anything else that might get you dirty. 


  • If the stain isn’t too big you might be able to cut out the offending section and replace it with a patch. No reason to throw the baby out with the bathwater. If you like the garment then you should try to save it. 


  • In a similar vein, you can also repurpose the material in the garment to make another one. Depending on how crafty you are you can make a new shirt out of the scraps of others. 


  • Speaking of scraps, worst case scenario you can cut up the garment and now you have wash rags. Use them in the kitchen, while camping, or even the next time you are handling something with diesel.  


How to prevent getting diesel on your clothes. 

A diesel stain can’t be prevented 100% but here are a few simple tips to help reduce the chances of one happening. 


1. If you are working with diesel wear dark clothes that you don’t mind getting stained in the first place. 


2. Work carefully and slowly. Fast and erratic movements can easily lead to spills. 


3. If you are working with diesel make sure it is in a well-lit place so you can see what you are doing. 


4. Watch your step. Throwdown wood shavings or kitty litter to help absorb diesel spills before they happen. You should also check the bottoms of your shoes to make sure you don’t bring a stain inside with you.


5. Don’t overfill things. Just when you think you can get one more drop in a fuel tank that’s when it overflows onto you.  


A person working in an auto shop.

If you regularly come in contact with diesel then you should use appropriate precautions.


Final Verdict:

Diesel fuel is becoming less common in vehicles and industry with some articles hailing “The death of diesel” as more countries ban vehicles that use it. Still, for many people, it is a part of life. 

Workers, outdoors aficionados, and truck drivers alike deal with diesel on a daily basis. With that comes the occasional spill, stain, and unforgettable diesel fuel smell. With the right methods, a diesel stain can just be a nuisance instead of something that destroys a garment. Lingering odors can be gotten rid of in hours instead of days. 

As long as diesel is around these techniques will be in practice. So, next time a refuel goes bad and you find yourself with diesel down the front of your leg, don’t worry. Just follow the steps we went over and you can get back to the task at hand.      


Bonus tip: Want to learn more about diesel? Dive into the good, the bad, and the ugly of diesel. Why do we use it? What are the alternatives? And more.  


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Living Life on the Edge: Embracing Adrenaline-Fueled Moments



Life is an adventure, a journey filled with countless opportunities for thrill and excitement. For some, the idea of living life on the edge, embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is an exhilarating concept that fuels their passion for adventure. This article delves into the world of adrenaline-chasing, highlighting the benefits and experiences of such a lifestyle.

Kitesurfing: Riding the waves of excitement

The first step to living on the edge is stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Kitesurfing, a water sport combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, and paragliding elements, is an excellent example of an adrenaline-fueled activity. The activity entails utilizing a sizable maneuverable kite to capture the force of the wind, enabling the rider to traverse the water on a board specifically designed for kiteboarding. There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of soaring through the air, feeling the breeze caress your cheeks, and mastering the art of maneuvering a kite. Kitesurfing is a remarkable adventure that captures the spirit of embracing excitement and pushing boundaries.

The psychological thrill

In addition to the excitement of the tangible experience, embracing a daring lifestyle offers a mental rush that is just as stimulating. Engaging in these activities provides an exhilarating experience that stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s innate pain relievers. This results in a profound sense of joy and an overwhelming feeling of invulnerability. The thrill of this frenzy can become habit-forming, compelling thrill-seekers to pursue fresh and increasingly demanding adventures consistently. 

The benefits of embracing the edge

Embracing a daring lifestyle goes beyond pursuing excitement; it presents many advantages. Participating in thrilling adventures can enhance physical well-being, as numerous pursuits demand robustness, stamina, and skill. Furthermore, they have the potential to enhance one’s emotional well-being by offering a means to alleviate tension and unease. Engaging in these activities demands concentration, which can effectively alleviate mental clutter, resulting in a serene state once the surge of excitement diminishes.

The balance of risk and reward

While living life on the edge can be exhilarating, it’s important to remember the balance of risk and reward. Adrenaline-fueled activities often involve a certain level of risk, and it’s essential to approach them with a healthy respect for safety. Proper training, equipment, and precautions can help mitigate these risks, allowing you to enjoy the thrill without unnecessary danger. 

Always research your activities and location. This understanding can help you decide if the risk is acceptable and if you have the skills and equipment. Check and maintain your gear, and never sacrifice safety. Finally, embracing adventure with a responsible and safety-conscious mentality lets you enjoy high-risk activities without risking injury.

Living life on the edge embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is a lifestyle choice that offers a unique blend of thrill, excitement, and personal growth. Whether kitesurfing across the waves, scaling a mountain, or skydiving from a plane, these activities provide an escape from the mundane, a chance to challenge oneself, and an opportunity to experience life at its most vibrant. So, step out of your comfort zone, embrace the adrenaline, and start living on the edge. After all, life is not meant to be lived in the slow lane; rather, it’s about experiencing every thrilling moment it offers.

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Renewable Energy Farms That Make Beautiful Hiking Trails



Wind farms and solar panels are not just alternative means to get our natural resources. They have now combined with another industry and are making some unexpected news. 

The tourism industry has marked renewable energy farms as hiking trails, and hikers are here for it. You can read more about renewable energy sites. Although you might not think of hiking on a wind farm as beautiful as hiking along a famous mountain trail, you might just be in for a surprise. 

Let’s discuss the benefits that renewable energy farms have as hiking trails. 

Why are Renewable Energy Farms Important? 

Renewable energy farms are important for the future of civilization. These farms provide an alternative to our natural resources, such as wind and energy. 

The most important benefit of renewable energy is that it doesn’t produce any greenhouse emissions and reduces the air pollution other traditional processes create when providing natural resources. 

These farms also allow for the creation of the country’s own resources without having to import natural resources from another country and save their limited natural resources. 

Here are some of the reasons why energy farms are important: 

  • Allows for sustainable rural development 

This will allow landowners to make an extra income by generating energy. 

  • Test new technologies 

Providing the opportunity to test technologies to find new ways to create renewable energy. 

  • Improving the effect of climate change 

Climate change has left the environment filled with toxic pollutants, which has led people to become sick and breathe in harmful air. 

Renewable energy can change this by lessening the number of pollutants that are released into the atmosphere and providing much safer, cleaner, breathable air. 

  • This leads to job creation 

Job creation within the renewable energy farms industry is plentiful as there is a need for skilled workers such as construction, maintenance and manufacturing to build the necessary infrastructure that is needed to generate these wind and solar farms. 

The Benefits of Renewable Energy Farms As Hiking Trails 

Renewable energy farms have many benefits for both the environment and people who love spending their time outdoors. 

Embracing the Use of Green Technology 

Since wind farms and solar plants are located in areas that are unpopulated, they make for great hiking trails. 

By visiting these sites, people get to experience green technology, and by integrating them into recreational spaces, people can visit these sites and embrace green technology by seeing how they work and the positive effects that it has on the environment. 

The more people embrace the shift to green technology, the easier it will be to use it. 

Energy Farms Offer A Unique Experience For Visitors 

Visiting energy farms means you will have a unique experience while there. You will get to see how these large devices work and how they replace the basic resources needed to survive. 

Tours can give visitors more information on the background of the construction of devices, their environmental impact and why it is important for us to switch to sustainable energy resources. 

Visitors Get to Enjoy Natural Beauty 

The sites for these renewable energy farms are often located in areas that are surrounded by natural beauty, such as large landscapes. 

Natural pathways can be used as hiking trails without the need for carving out new roads and damaging the ecosystem. 

Visitors can even discover native plant life and explore the natural wonders that are located at these energy farms, as they are often placed where no infrastructure has been built on the property before. 

Providing Health and Wellness Benefits 

Hiking has many health benefits, such as reducing stress, improving fitness, and helping aid mental well-being. 

Energy Farms have Community Benefits and Increase the Economy 

These hiking trails can help boost economic sales, bringing tourists to the community. This will give the local people the opportunity to expand their businesses. 

This can also help increase employment within the community as these sites will be visited frequently and lead to new business openings to cater to tourists. 


Renewable energy farms greatly benefit both the economy and the people who want to spend their time on them. These farms are especially important for transitioning from natural resources to newer energy resource power plants. 

From learning how to embrace green technology to getting health and wellness benefits to enjoying nature’s natural beauty and finding job opportunities within the market. 

Spending time on these renewable energy farms can be educational and recreational for anyone who visits them. To find more renewable energy farm hiking trails, you can visit


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Top Recommendations for RV Window Maintenance



Much like other sections of your RV, the windows sometimes need a bit of maintenance. It is essential to clean off dirt and insect smudges and also make sure they are adequately sealed to avoid leaks and water harm.

If you have a broken RV window, then you may want to consult Van Isle Glass. However, if you wish to know more about simple measures to ensure your RV windows stay spotless and secure, you are in the right spot! Continue reading below.

Polish Your Windshield Using Ultra-Fine #0000 Steel Wool

Numerous RV enthusiasts have praised the use of the finest grade of steel wool #0000 for removing stubborn bugs and water marks from their windshields. Before proceeding, first test the #0000 steel wool on a small portion of your windshield. Apply it with light, circular motions. Sweep away any remaining steel wool bits with a microfiber towel. Next, spritz the surface with a residue-free glass cleaner and wipe it down with a separate cloth.

Steel wool is also great when used with a spray lubricant for cleaning tires, maintaining grills, starting campfires, and repelling mice. A gentler alternative is cleansing dish pads. These pads are versatile, suitable for cleaning various materials such as wood, porcelain, stainless steel, chrome, painted areas, and glass.

Apply a Sealant to Avoid Leaks

Silicone sealant is effective in stopping leaks in areas like your windshield, RV windows, sunroof, and vents. It penetrates tiny gaps, creating a robust waterproof barrier. Ensure the surfaces are clean before application and do not have old caulk, dirt, oil, and other residues.

Furthermore, clear away any standing water on windows to prevent hard water stains. Make sure the inside of your windows stay dry to avoid condensation and mold build-up. If there is significant condensation on your windows, consider getting a small dehumidifier.

Use Tools to Access Difficult Regions

Using cleaners with long handles can prevent you from straining to clean those distant parts of your windshield. Windshield cleaning tools often feature a lengthy, swiveling triangular head that is ideal for getting into corners and spots difficult to access manually.

Opt for a Residue-Free Glass Cleaner

A high-quality glass cleaner will maintain the clarity of your windows and windshield. A great glass cleaner performs well on both standard and tinted windows, making sure to remove streaks or leftover residue. Another option is a natural concoction of half vinegar and half water, with a touch of lemon essential oil.

Steer Clear of Cleaning RV Windows in Bright Sunlight

A sunny afternoon may feel perfect for washing your RV windows, but the warmth can speed up the drying of the cleaner, resulting in streaks or spots. It is advisable to tackle your RV window cleaning during early morning, late evening, or when stationed in a shaded area for the best outcome.


Keeping your RV windows clean and clear is not only about aesthetics, but is also vital for safety. The subtleties in cleaning, like steering clear of the sun and using the appropriate products, play a key role. Adhering to these guidelines will help you maintain a pristine view during your various journeys.

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