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    Used engine degreaser inside my house

    I didn't expect the smell to be so pungent and toxic. I should've read the label. Worked great, but now my house smells like engine degreaser and it's getting me light headed like no other. I have fans blowing air out and I have windows/doors open.

    It worked great, but maybe too great. finished degreasing the cogs and chainrings and then washed off the bike with water. Dried it and applied dry lube to them and the pedals/bottom bracket.

    Let's start naming what I did wrong, and is there anything I can do to clean the engine degreaser all over my floor besides my Lysol and pinesol x mop.
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    How you got it all over the floor is a mystery to me. I can't figure out why you'd apply lube of any kind to the cassette and chainrings, either. Maybe do this kind of work outside next time to avoid so many lapses in judgment?
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    Gasoline

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    You won't get rid of the smell any time soon, I won't even use engine degreaser in my attached garage because it stinks up the house. Try Simple Green to clean the floor, hopefully the degreaser didn't eat into your flooring. If you must degrease in the house use Simple Green and a good brush and put down a sheet of plastic and some old newspaper to catch the mess. When you're done you just fold up the plastic and put it on the trash can OUTSIDE.
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    I lacked much common sense. And I did not expect the degreaser to spray out so strongly. : (
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun View Post
    Gasoline
    Not so funny.
    You don't read my signature anyway, do you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panza View Post
    . . . is there anything I can do to clean the engine degreaser all over my floor besides my Lysol and pinesol x mop.
    I don't know how to remove the smell, but adding other stinky stuff will probably not do it.

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    The first thing you must do is ventilate the house to get rid of this "toxic" smell. I'm sure it says somewhere on the container to "Use only in a well ventilated area". Since you didn't do that, you'll need to contend with the odor. You may even wish to contact a professional cleaning service so the odor doesn't actually get into the carpeting and fabrics in the house. There are some strong "orange peel" type cleaners that may help, but may be too strong to use on the floor where you used the degreaser. I thought of baking soda to help get rid of the odor, but I'm afraid there isn't enough baking soda in one store to help this situation. Get some fans going in the area and open up windows to vent the house.

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    Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun Gasoline

    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    Not so funny.
    Reminds me of a lady that lives a few blocks away she thought it might be a good idea to wash her kitchen walls with gasoline, well she was on the news that day because her apartment exploded blew her front door off and all the windows the door landed in the street a good 20 yards she lived. (True story)

    Lack of brain cells I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Panza View Post
    I lacked much common sense. And I did not expect the degreaser to spray out so strongly. : (
    You think?
    But glad nothing bad happened like the post on the gasoline I mentioned.
    As long as you learned something from this you'll be ok the smell will go away after some time, good luck with that!.
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    You are not married I'd guess..

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    Another vote for simple green.




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    Quote Originally Posted by JTGraphics View Post
    You think?
    But glad nothing bad happened
    There's still time for the fumes to poison him.
    You don't read my signature anyway, do you?

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    Do not under any circumstances start using any more clean-up chemicals without *explicitly* knowing what you are doing as you could end up creating seriously toxic gases by mixing them. Read the damn labels a dozen times if you have to so you don't wake up dead.

    You should really call a professional since they have the proper equipment, chemicals and procedures to remove the toxic contamination safely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panza View Post
    I didn't expect the smell to be so pungent and toxic. I should've read the label. Worked great, but now my house smells like engine degreaser and it's getting my light headed like no other. I have fans blowing air out and I have windows/doors open.

    It worked great, but maybe too great. finished degreasing the cogs and chainrings and then washed off the bike with water. Dried it and applied dry lube to them and the pedals/bottom bracket.

    Let's start naming what I did wrong, and is there anything I can do to clean the engine degreaser all over my floor besides my Lysol and pinesol x mop.
    No need to beat up on you lets get to fixing the problem.

    I'm assuming you have a linoleum or ceramic floor and not wood. Presumably by now the degreaser is not puddled up anywhere so we should not have a problem with cleaners conflicting with the degreaser. If you put Pinesol, Lysol or other cleaners down be sure to scrub, then completely remove them with multiple rinses wiping it up until dry with clean towels. Getting those cleaners up is important because if left on they will be just another layer on top of residue from the de-greaser. Although it is pungent and odorous, household non-detergent ammonia is very good at cutting grease and other sticky residue. Just be sure to wipe it up completely before it evaporates.

    Next position a fan or fans so that they blow directly across or slightly down at the kitchen floor and let them speed the evaporation process. And finally clean all other surfaces such as windows, stove, refrigerator and cabinets to remove whatever degreaser may have settled there. The smell will go away eventually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delmarva View Post
    No need to beat up on you lets get to fixing the problem.

    I'm assuming you have a linoleum or ceramic floor and not wood. Presumably by now the degreaser is not puddled up anywhere so we should not have a problem with cleaners conflicting with the degreaser. If you put Pinesol, Lysol or other cleaners down be sure to scrub, then completely remove them with multiple rinses wiping it up until dry with clean towels. Getting those cleaners up is important because if left on they will be just another layer on top of residue from the de-greaser. Although it is pungent and odorous, household non-detergent ammonia is very good at cutting grease and other sticky residue. Just be sure to wipe it up completely before it evaporates.

    Next position a fan or fans so that they blow directly across or slightly down at the kitchen floor and let them speed the evaporation process. And finally clean all other surfaces such as windows, stove, refrigerator and cabinets to remove whatever degreaser may have settled there. The smell will go away eventually.
    Thanks for the advice! Truly helpful : )!!
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    You need to put about a liter of kerosene into the nearest carpet or fabric surface, maybe a chair or a couch. After this put two more liters of kerosene onto the same upholstery.

    Then, go to the kitchen and prepare a large pot of potato and pea curry with a lot of cumin, coriander, fenugreek, and cloves.

    Close all the windows.

    Turn on two humidifiers. Four is better.

    Turn the house heat on high.

    See what your wife says when she comes home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Campagnono View Post
    You need to put about a liter of kerosene into the nearest carpet or fabric surface, maybe a chair or a couch. After this put two more liters of kerosene onto the same upholstery.

    Then, go to the kitchen and prepare a large pot of potato and pea curry with a lot of cumin, coriander, fenugreek, and cloves.

    Close all the windows.

    Turn on two humidifiers. Four is better.

    Turn the house heat on high.

    See what your wife says when she comes home.
    Works best if you have a gas stove
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    Hey, how about Murphy's Oil Soap? That seems like good stuff.
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    Uhmm, call the 800 number on the can and talk to the manufacturer? See what they suggest
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