How to Clean Oil Spills From a Driveway

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Whether it's due to of a homeowner's association bylaw or just because you find it unsightly, oil spills in your driveway can be cleaned using a variety of methods. These methods vary in their effectiveness depending on the age of the stain and the extent of the spill. Restore the concrete in front of your home with items you may already have in your cupboards.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Tide laundry detergent
  • Cola
  • Cat litter
  • WD-40
  • Cascade dishwashing powder
  • Oven cleaner
  • Cover the stain with a thick coat (1 to 2 inches) of baking soda. Allow it to sit overnight. In the morning, sweep up the baking soda. The baking soda helps absorb the oil.

  • Sprinkle a coat of Tide laundry detergent (powder form) over the stained area. Scrub the stain with a wire or stiff brush and then rinse.

  • Pour a can of cola over the stained area and allow it to sit overnight. In the morning, rinse the area. This would only work if your driveway is not at an incline.

  • Place unused cat litter over the stain and allow it to sit for one to two days. Simply sweep it up. Using hot soapy water and a wire or stiff brush, scrub the area clean.

  • Spray WD-40 all over the stained area and blot clean using a rag or paper towels. It may take a little scrubbing as well.

  • Sprinkle Cascade dishwashing powder all over the oil spill. Allow it to sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Pour boiling water over the Cascade. Scrub with a stiff or wire brush well and rinse clean.

  • Spray a coat of oven cleaner over the oil spill. Allow it to sit for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse it clean.

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