How to Clean Oil Off of a Concrete Driveway

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Oil stains are a frequent blemish to most driveways due to the cars that sit on them. In many cases, a vehicle will leak oil directly onto your driveway, causing a stain and an additional household project for you to handle. Oil stains can be removed from concrete with a relatively easy process. Properly apply the homemade solution to the stain and remove unsightly spots on your driveway.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Stiff-bristled plastic brush
  • Garden hose
  • Clean up any fresh oil stains by blotting the surface with newspaper.

  • Pour a generous amount of liquid laundry detergent onto the stain so that it covers its entire surface.

  • Allow the detergent to settle for five minutes, then scrub the detergent into the stain with a stiff-bristled brush, using short, circular movements.

  • Rinse the oil and detergent from the concrete by spraying it down with a garden house. If the stain is still present, repeat the process.

References

  • "Housekeeping Secrets My Mother Never Taught Me;" Joni Hilton; 2001
  • Photo Credit hoses on concrete image by pearlguy from Fotolia.com
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