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« on: January 07, 2010, 11:20:50 PM »

A couple of weeks ago, my mom (god love her) washed my laundry with my oil-soaked mechanics jumpsuit and now all of my clothes smell like gear oil and transmission fluid.  I've washed my stuff a dozen times and the smell is STILL there.  I've heard that there are some old mechanics tricks to getting my wardrobe back, and anything you guys have to offer would be great.

University classes start monday and I don't want to sit down next to anybody smelling like I don't know how to shower!
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2010, 11:34:57 PM »

I don't know that anything would get rid of that smell, but, simple green works pretty good for just about anything else, and you can use it in your laundry.
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2010, 11:41:40 PM »

Try washing in Lestoil. Then another wash with regular detergent to get rid of the Lestoil smell. When I worked on a fishing boat many moons ago Lestoil was the only thing that would get rid of the fish smell.
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2010, 12:05:29 AM »

My girlfriend's grandfather was an oldschool mechanic and he recommended lestoil too, but where do you buy this stuff?  I've looked all over for it here in NC and can't find it.
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2010, 05:15:00 AM »

I am willing to bet this stuff I got from Bass Pro shops to wash hunting clothes in would work.  It makes everything smell like dirt.

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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2010, 10:25:48 AM »

Good luck, but my experience with gear oil is that it just doesn't wash out.  Time is the only real cure that I've found.

If it's any comfort, nobody is going to mistake the smell of gear oil for BO.  Having worked with several people over the years who had an unnatural phobia of water and soap, I can tell you that BO strong enough to be noticed smells nothing like gear oil.  If it did, it wouldn't be nearly so sickening.

Gear oil might make you smell low-class to some people, but only the truly ignorant mistake it for BO.
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2010, 12:49:09 PM »

Maybe try adding baking soda in the washing machine?  Or white vinegar?    Confused 
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2010, 01:10:13 PM »

why? Chicks dig it
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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2010, 03:32:40 PM »

I agree with Rick, a long time ago I spilled gas all over my jeans while working on a motorcycle and the stink stayed with me for years. That pair of jeans finally smelt clean just months ago. Time is the only thing that works in my experience. I've never heard of lestoil. Good luck.
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« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2010, 03:56:22 PM »

Heard stories of old Millwrights in the steel mill, back in the day, that would sometimes pick up an O2 hose (there were O2 and NG drops on almost every column up and down the mill) to blown the grime and dust out of their smelly, oily coveralls and ended up lighting themselves on fire! There were also stories of O2 being the perfect hangover cure. We were warned, more than once, never to use the O2 for anything other than burning.
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« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2010, 04:33:32 PM »

i use odoban it works great and its the only thing i found that will get the smell of cat piss out.  ive had no problems with it getting the smell of oils and gas out. also when u dry it to finish off what left of the smell if any, use a really good fabric softner it will mask what ever is left
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« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2010, 05:34:23 PM »

Or what about letting a skunk spray on them?  No one will notice they smell like oil!    Razz 



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« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2010, 05:41:20 PM »

febreze? carry a can and spray down you cloths every so often.
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« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2010, 06:39:03 PM »

Or what about letting a skunk spray on them?  No one will notice they smell like oil!    Razz

Doing that would also negate the need for other forms of personal hygiene as well... Shocked Laughing Laughing
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« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2010, 08:57:14 PM »

I use  lestoil on my coats to get the fuel oil smell out then wash with reg detergent.
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« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2010, 08:59:03 PM »

I'd sit beside you. It's one of my favourite smells!
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« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2010, 09:49:10 PM »

It sounds like there are some good suggestions here!  I'll have to buy a few bottles of lestoil online and just keep trying the other ideas here. 
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« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2010, 07:37:54 AM »

Get use to it !! Everytime i'm out of work and have my "good" clothes on, I always seem to get them stained or dirty. I guess working on cars it comes with the territory, but it sucks cause I have way too many work pants now and not enough nice clothes....
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« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2010, 10:43:40 AM »

Haha I know what you mean.  The only thing I own that isn't stained or smelling foul is the suit I wore to my grandmothers funeral.
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« Reply #19 on: January 09, 2010, 11:42:02 AM »

http://www.amazon.com/Lestoil-Concentrated-Heavy-Duty-Cleaner/dp/B0009PCPAY
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