What Does Lighter Fluid Smell Like?

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

What does lighter fluid smell like?

Lighter fluid has a very pungent, unpleasant odor. If you notice this odor in your home, it could indicate that there is a problem or safety hazard. There are several ways to get rid of the odor, including cleaning the affected area with a homemade cleaner or using an odor eliminator spray.

The type of lighter fluid used in disposable lighters (think Bic) is a mixture of hydrocarbons that boil at or below room temperature and evaporate into gas when burned. The kind of lighter fluid used in lamps or barbecues, however, is a heavier mixture and will soak into surfaces rather than evaporate. The odor from this mixture can be more difficult to remove.

If you have a lighter that has been filled with the wrong type of fluid, it can damage your device and cause hazards. It is best to only use the type of lighter fluid recommended for your particular lighter. If you are not sure what kind of lighter fluid to buy, consult a professional to help you determine which lighter fluid is right for your device and lifestyle.

If you or someone else has been exposed to lighter fluid, seek medical assistance immediately. The fluid may be irritating to the skin or eyes, and it can cause vomiting, seizures, or loss of consciousness. If you suspect that the person has swallowed the fluid, rinse his or her mouth and drink water or milk as directed by your health care provider.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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