How to clean oil spills off the driveway?

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My driveway looks horrible with Oil Spills all over it. How can I remove them from my property.

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16 Responses to How to clean oil spills off the driveway?

  1. Sarah says:


    Soap was invented to clean oily hands.

    I think normal soap and water would do the job.

  2. Kenny P says:

    Sprinkle some cement dust on the spots and watch them disappear.

  3. spacemonkey says:

    I tried this and it worked for me.
    Try the first suggestion, then work your way down the list as necessary. Whatever you do, don’t procrastinate. Bare concrete floors are porous and permanently stain if oil, grease and dirt are not removed quickly. End each remedy by hosing down and air-drying the treated area.
    Step 1
    Pour cola on the oily or dry stained areas, and leave the cola on overnight. Squirt a generous amount of dishwashing liquid into a bucket until you have a good lather. Rinse with the soapy water, then with a garden hose.

    Step 2
    Sprinkle baking soda or an absorbent powder such as cornmeal or sawdust on the oily spots. If the stain is dry, wet it first to make a scouring paste. Scrub with a stiff brush or push broom.

    Step 3
    Sprinkle automatic dishwasher detergent on the oily concrete. Leave it for several minutes, then pour boiling water on the stained area. Scrub with a stiff brush or push broom, then rinse.

    Step 4
    Try a commercial concrete cleaner such as Garage and Driveway Cleaner by Red Devil Co. or a grease solvent such as Benzine. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

    Step 5
    Sprinkle trisodium phosphate (TSP) on the oily concrete. If the stain is dry, wet it first. Let it stand for 30 minutes. Scrub using a stiff broom. TSP is a dangerous product; if you must use it, wear rubber or latex gloves, safety goggles and protective clothing. Also, never wash a TSP product down storm drains.

    Step 6
    As a last resort, combat tough spills with muriatic acid and a pressure washer. Apply the acid following the manufacturer’s directions, and let it soak for several seconds. Follow with a pressure washer set at 2,500 to 3,000 lbs. per square inch (psi), or 176 to 211 kg per square cm. Like TSP, muriatic acid is a dangerous product; likewise, if you must use it, wear rubber or latex gloves, safety goggles and protective clothing, and never wash such a product down storm drains.

    Step 7
    After trying any of the strategies above, sprinkle baking soda over the cleaned area to neutralize the solution you’ve used.

  4. FireOpal86 says:

    Depending on how old the oil spill is you can usually sprinkle a little Kitty Litter over the area and then over a few hours it will soak it up. You will be able to dispose of it properly after scooping it up. It may sound strange but that is what Cat Litter was intended for before it was marketed for your pets!

  5. jekin says:

    I use kitty litter on oil spills. Use the kind that is clay soil like from Dollar Tree. A five pound bag will go a long way. You can sweep it up and re use it until it gets discolored, I use a paint bucket to store it in, then bag it up and put in the trash. I know this isn’t politically correct, but if you pour a Coleman lantern fuel that comes in the red can on the spill first, it will bring some of the old deep stuff to the surface. Don’t use gasoline it catches fire too easy and is dangerous. Use only enough to cover one spot at a time. and cover it with kitty litter quickly and don’t scrape it. that could cause sparks. Also never pour from the can. Put some in a cup first.

  6. DjalaKuchi says:

    Baking soda works wonders. Mix it with a bit of water and pour it over the oil spills. Depending on how long and big the oil spill has set in to the concrete, it can take a few hours to a couple of days.

  7. deerhunter says:

    get some oil dry

  8. Vin says:

    Some information here on how to clean oil spills ->

    Or you might find more useful answers in this forum

  9. Maddie says:

    use 409 cleaner
    put it in a bucket, with water, then use a scrub brush and brush on the oil spill. then use a hose to wash the 409 away. if the oil spills leave resadoo, then repeat.
    It was helpful to me.
    Good luck with your oil spills.

  10. Michael says:

    If you want to clean oil spills off your driveway, then the best way to do it would be with Oil Gone Easy Home and Driveway S-200. This is an environmentally-friendly oil stain remover that is completely biodegradable. Pour the solution on the oil stain and it does the rest. It works the natural way by attracting the bacteria to degrade the oil. No matter what the surface might be or however deep the oil might have seeped into, Oil Gone Easy S-200works effectively. It also does not require any cleanup.

    Oil Gone Easy Home and Driveway S-200

    Another added advantage of this product is that it is completely rainproof.

  11. Mad Scientist... says:

    Kitty litter(unused), and then with your shoe, just grind it in with circular motions. Afterwards, some simple green will leave it spotless.

  12. John W says:

    Human hair and chicken feathers have an affinity for oil and will wick up a lot of it. Traditionally, sawdust is used in workshops for this task but that may be because of the plentiful supply.

  13. Dax O says:

    Pressure washer!

  14. James E says:

    Baking soda works good if a little slow, a better product is also from arm & hammer is washing soda and wetting it down just a little. Similar and also working good are Boraxo hand cleanser and swimming pool pH increaser all used with water enough to get the area just wet and then scrub until it all comes out of the cement. All of these high alkaline cleansers are solid forms of co2 and so breakdown old or new oil with ease. Oil is acidic and co2 is alkaline and so automatically break down and counteract each other. If you get burned with any kind of acid and of these products will reduce the severity of the burn if applied quickly!

  15. monkeyalien says:

    burn them off, scrub them, and there are special detergents/solvents you can use

  16. Aaron j says:

    Use a detergent. The chemical formula for fat and oil and greece is very similar to oil.Thus washing up liquid should work.

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