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How To Clean An Oil Spill From A Driveway

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How To Clean An Oil Spill From A Driveway

Mistakes happen and some are them are easier to fix than others.  One mistake that often gets a reputation for being hard to clean up is an oil spill.  If you find yourself in a predicament where you’ve got an oil spill on your driveway and you want to know how to clean it up, here is all of the information you’ll need to get a handle on it.

The best ways to clean an oil spill from your driveway

One of cool things about cleaning up this kind of spill is that pretty much all of them use regular household products and are easy to put into use.  No complicated instructions or messy materials that you have to go out and buy especially for the spill.

  • Fairy dishwashing liquid: You may have heard of the phenomenon that is “blue Dawn dish soap” in the United States,  it’s pretty much useful for everything and oil spills are certainly going to be one of the things it helps most with.  The equivalent to us Aussies is Fairy which you can usually find at Coles, Woolies or Costco. To use this method, apply the liquid directly to the stain and then add water.  Get a stiff brush to thoroughly scrub and then spray off the suds. 
  • WD-40: You’ll want to spray the WD-40 directly onto the in a thick, generous layer and leave it for a minute or two.  Then rinse it thoroughly with water.  Neat to think that a simple garage product could be helpful, but it’s a great option that most people have around.
  • Cat litter: For this method, you’ll want to buy cheap, clay-based cat litter.  Apply a generous amount of it all over the stain and stomp on the litter to really grind it into the pavement.  Leave the litter overnight and then come back and sweep it up before using water to clean the area. 
  • Baking soda: Another popular remedy that is used in all sorts of places around the home, baking soda can be really effective against oil spills on the driveway as well.  Cover the stain completely with a generous amount of baking soda and then scrub it into the stain with a stiff brush.  After about thirty minutes (or longer) you can rinse it off with water.

Which method is best?

Sometimes frantic searchers will be searching for the best option out there for cleaning up the oil spill.  The good news is that all of these are especially effective.  If you’re looking at the most cost-effective option, you’ll find that baking soap or Fairy dishwashing liquid will be very cheap to use.  You don’t need to break the bank to get the job done. 

While no one wants to be dealing with an oil spill in their yard, especially if the concrete is in great condition, it is nice to know that you can clean it up without too much of a problem in terms of the products used.  While there are commercial ways that you can clean up an oil spill (and many different kinds of so-called ‘miracle products’), it’s nice to rely on dishwashing liquid and cat litter to do the same kind of job. 

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