I used to think pumping gas was the only time I came into contact with oil. Well, that and when I needed to fill up my lawn mower every few weeks.

Sometimes it’s easy to think of gasoline singularly–as something taken from the ground and pumped straight into our gas tanks. But the truth is there’s many other ways we come into contact with petroleum every day. Let’s get into it.


The other day my Father scratched off a bit of orange coloring from a clementine in the kitchen. I knew food producers colored fruit to make it look more appetizing, but did you know this coloring is made from petrochemicals? That’s right, we literally eat petroleum in a different form every day.

Laundry Detergent

What? Our clothes are covered in it, too?

Yes, laundry detergent is made with something called glycerin, which is a byproduct of petroleum. So you’re really not pouring a cup of oil on your clothes, but still.


So we’ve gone from food, to laundry detergent, to actual clothes. That’s right, you won’t be able to get away from it.

Nylon is one of the most popular fibers in modern clothing, and it’s also made from petroleum.  

Oh, and nylon is used to create guitar strings. So if you’re a musician, or Paul McCartney, your fingers are probably covered in it.

Now that we’ve come to terms with the somewhat-sickening reality that you’re covered in byproducts of slimy residue pumped from the ground, you can go and tell your friends! Or share this article. We’ll take either option.

About The Author Thomas Kuegler

I am a full-time journalist, travel blogger, and digital nomad currently traveling the United States. I'm a regular contributor at The Huffington Post, and my work has also been featured on sites like The Inquisitr and The Odyssey Online. Some of my hobbies include cooking, reading, and having uncontrollable fits of excitement whenever I see dogs. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Messiah College, and in the future I want to backpack Europe by myself, meeting amazing and wonderful people around every corner.