How To Get the Oil Smell Out Of Our Basement?

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Q: We purchased a 1918 Craftsman Bungalow back in November of 2009. Since then it's come to our attention that the old oil tank in the basement that hasn't been used in over 20 years, at some point developed a leak. It is in fact empty now (the previous owners had it emptied), but the dirt below it is saturated with oil. Of course, our house smells of oil, the smell is everywhere, on our clothing, on our hair, and it's driving us crazy…...Our problem is, we have very little money since the move and the essential repairs that HAD to be made when we moved in. Is there any way to get the smell out of the air? We know that our next project is to remove the tank and the dirt below it, but how do we get this smell out of the house and keep it in the basement!

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