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Cleaning Kerosene

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A visiting relative broke a Galileo thermometer that was in Michael's room, and although it was labeled as having been filled with water when I purchased it, going by the smell it was filled with kerosene. I instantly removed Michael in his carrier and brought him to another floor of the house, but did not know if anyone had any ideas of how to remove the kerosene and the odor without making a worse smell using a strong chemical?
 

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I'd try an absorbent material like baking soda after soaking up the bulk with a sponge.
Leave long enough until it's saturated and then sweep to remove.
 

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Yikes!

@JLcribber might know

I think I'd definitely open a window in that room.
 

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Thank you both. I have had two large windows open all day, I absorbed all of the visible kerosene, used a grease cutting soap, and laid down a thick layer of baking soda, but it still has an odor 9 hours later. I just was unsure of what the next step would be.
 

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Maybe a bowl of sliced onions will help remove the smell.

Lots of older paint was apparently made with kerosene and the sliced onions were the best safe trick to remove the scent.
 

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What material(s) did the kerosene come in contact with?
 

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Maybe a bowl of sliced onions will help remove the smell.

Lots of older paint was apparently made with kerosene and the sliced onions were the best safe trick to remove the scent.
Thank you.
What material(s) did the kerosene come in contact with?
It spilled on a table and floor tiles.

I called a gas company, and they recommended white vinegar, so I tried it and will see how it works out.

Thank you to everyone who helped!
 

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What a Nightmare! I hope you get it cleaned up.

*Not the same* but we accidentally knocked a bucket of bleach on the carpet in our rental house... made panic set in, since the carpet is a dark charcoal colour. Luckily following trusty google, and no stain was left behind... But shesh it is not fun at all to clean up unwanted ick! Especially with the birdies around.
 

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My go-to for removing odors have been untreated charcoal, sitting in bowls around the house, and shallow bowls of vinegar sitting around. Good luck! Hope he won't experience any problems from this!
 

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Oh yuck. We had one leak once and it was filled with ethanol. I think they are all filled with ethanol.
Dilute, mop repeat.
I saw that they are now, but it I have had it for over 25 years, and it smells very much like kerosene, although anything is possible. Thank you for the tip on cleaning it up.
 

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I'm curious if this is resolved, what actually worked, and how long it persisted.

(file this knowledge under things I never expected that I needed to know for keeping birds)
 

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One time a tenant moved out of an apartment. The landlord placed bowls of vinegar around because of a rotting smell. Next morning the smell was gone.
 

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I'm curious if this is resolved, what actually worked, and how long it persisted.

(file this knowledge under things I never expected that I needed to know for keeping birds)
I was able to put Michael back yesterday morning. I can not say what worked for sure. I used litter first, then paper towel to absorb the fluid. Next I used grease cutting dish soap. After that I used copious amounts vinegar and put bowls on vinegar throughout the room. It took quite a few days, but the odor and film are completely gone.
 
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