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Old Feb 14, '06, 5:31 am
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Default Remove oil spill/smell from car? Help!

My husband spilled oil (about 3-4 liters) for a heater all over the trunk of our car. It has totally soaked into the fabric of the trunk. We have taken out the cover over the spare, washed it in hot, soapy water but it still stinks. We have no idea how to remove the oil from the rest of the trunk and the smell too. We can't drive the car without all the windows open and it is freezing. Anyone got any ideas?
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Default Re: Remove oil spill/smell from car? Help!

SIL is a mechanic, he says empty a whole big bag of kitty litter, the plain old fashioned clay kind, in the trunk. park it with the trunk open so fumes can dissipate (they may be flammable). remove the kittly litter with a dustpan and use a shop vac to remove the rest. any carpet that is removable should be cleaned with a strong grease cutter, hosed off and sun-dried. you may need to take out spare tools and anything else in there under the carpet, and clean the exposed metal with a degreaser since liquid will collect in depressions and nooks and crannies.
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Default Re: Remove oil spill/smell from car? Help!

What kind of car is it? If you just got it on the spare tire cover, I would say just pitch that one and buy a new one at the junkyard. That is probably more worth it than trying to get the oil out. Same goes for the trunk carpet. Once you replace those, degrease the trunk (use some organic solvent that will evaporate, just be careful of flames) and let the car air for a few days, you should be ok.

One other trick a friend told me for getting oil out of concrete was to spray the living daylights out of it with aerosolized engine degreaser, and then dump kitty litter on it (it will suck up everything).

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http://www.ehow.com/how_3764_remove-odors.html
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Thanks! We'll try the Kitty litter today. It's a Toyota Corolla so the spare tire is under the trunk carpet and there is loads of oil in the hollows around the tire There was a box of charcoal in the trunk when the oil spilled and it has made a black sticky mess.


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