How to Remove Oil Stains From Blacktop


Oil stains on a blacktop driveway make a bad first impression and can take away from the overall curb appeal of any home. These oily spills are unsightly, unsafe and can cause a real mess if they happen to get tracked inside. Removing oil spills and stains from a driveway can be done with some effort, patience and simple household products.

Things You'll Need

  • Kitty litter
  • Shovel
  • Grease-fighting dish-washing detergent
  • Hot water
  • Stiff-bristle broom or brush
  • Garden hose


  • Spread a generous amount of kitty litter on the oil spill, covering completely. Let stand for 24 hours to allow the litter to absorb the oil.

  • Scoop up the kitty litter with a shovel and place in a trash bag. If the oil has not been completely absorbed, repeat step 1 by adding an additional layer of kitty litter on remaining oil and letting stand for a day. Scoop up and place in trash bag.

  • Apply the dish-washing detergent, undiluted, directly on the oil stain. Let stand for 10 minutes.

  • Add hot water to the dish-washing detergent and clean the area with a stiff-bristle broom or brush. The detergent acts as a degreaser and breaks up the residue to clean the stain.

  • Thoroughly rinse area with garden hose.

  • Let area dry and repeat process if necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check with local authorities regarding guidelines for oil disposal.

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