LESLIE: Donald in New York, you’ve got The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?
DONALD: Hi. I have a problem. I spilled approximately a half a gallon of gas – in the red, plastic gas container? –
DONALD: – in the trunk of my car.
TOM: Oh. (chuckling)
TOM: That’s not good.
LESLIE: I have done the same thing with a rental car in Olathe, Kansas and they charged me a ton of money. But I happen to know a trick that could help it.
LESLIE: First off, get some kitty litter; those regular, absorbent, odor-absorbing kitty litter pellets; whatever you find at your local supermarket. Sprinkle it on there. Let it sit on it with the trunk open in a well-ventilated area, you know, and let it really soak up everything that it can and then vacuum it up. If that doesn’t work there’s another product called Odorzout, which is a little bit pricey but it’s made to absorb all kinds of different types of pet odors and, you know, smoke and must and anything like that that sort of gives you a problem. And that’s also a powder and you would sprinkle that onto the trunk area and let that sit; I think it’s for 24 hours it says in the directions. It’s an all-natural product. It’s safe for people and pets so you don’t have to worry about that. And then vacuum it out and between those two it should do the trick, but that is a big, giant mess.
DONALD: I appreciate that. I did try the baking soda and unfortunately it only was able to possibly handle half of the stench.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. Try the kitty litter next.
TOM: Yeah, whenever you have a petroleum spill, kitty littler is really the hot ticket. It’s great on concrete floors, like in garages; on driveways, if you have an oil leak. It does a really good job of soaking up odors and also the material itself if it’s still wet.
DONALD: I appreciate your advice, Tom and Leslie. I’m a first-time caller and I am a long-time listener and I will remain that way. Thank you.
TOM: Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.