My son broke a Galileo thermometer I washed the towels in my machine and am concerned about using the dryer - they smell like lighter fluid

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My son broke a Galileo thermometer. I washed the towels in my washing machine that I used for cleanup. I am concerned about putting them in the dryer because they still smell like lighter fluid.
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Catina Mount

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  • concerned and afraid.

Posted 4 years ago

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AcuRite Megan

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Hi Catina,

The liquid in AcuRite Galileo Thermometers is 100% paraffin. Parrafin is flammable so do not expose to extreme heat or open flame. The colored bulbs are filled with paraffin and 3.4% dye. The liquid is non-toxic. The dye inside colored bulbs may stain fabric. If the thermometer breaks, clean the area with warm, soapy water. More information can be found in the instructions on our website:
Please let us know if you need anything else. Thank you.

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Norbert Feldstrom

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this happened to me too, but it got thoroughly absorbed onto a stone fireplace, got on some cardboard and on some books and things, thoroughly absorbed and I do not want to throw them the books out. Does the residue of paraffin eventually wear out as far as the flammability? 
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Thelma Scott

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I have had my Galileo thermometer for a long time, more than 20 years, so I'm not sure what brand it is. Recently it broke and spilled the liquid on a wooden shelf. I liked how the shelf looks whitewashed and I want to finish the "damage". I tried alcohol but it was like putting water on it. Can you help.
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AcuRite Jennifer

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Hello Thelma,

Without knowing if it is an AcuRite product or not we would not know what was put in the thermometer. We would not be able to provide further information on the product. 
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what about the original one's hand blown in Germany what is fluid inside ? 
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AcuRite Rachell, Employee

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Hello Nuna,
If the product is not an AcuRite Galileo, we cannot guarantee what is inside the thermometer. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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Eunice Muchemi

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Broke my Galilleo thermometer a day ago in our living room and the carpet is damaged and and awful smell like paraffin is not ending even with air fresheners and windows left open long hours. The carpet appears to fold off the floor the affected area. Sad its brand new carpet.
How can we remove this smell please?