How to Remove Oil Stains from your Driveway

If your car leaks oil or you spill some while filling up your vehicle, your driveway or garage may end up with a few stains. Oil stains can definitely ruin your homes curb appeal and seem like they may be impossible to clean up. However, we rounded up the best remedies to cleaning up oil stains on your otherwise pristine asphalt driveway.

New Oil Strains:

If the oil stain is brand new, the best thing to do is cover it with cat litter, baking soda, cornstarch, or powdered laundry detergent. Really anything that will absorb that extra moisture. Once the material is dry, bring out a garden hose. Make a paste with baking soda and water and scrub the concrete with a broom. Finally, rinse the driveway and let dry.

Old Oil Stains:

Chances are you have an old oil stain on your driveway that requires a bit of attention. To get rid of it, begin by sweeping the area and making sure the pavement is dry and free from any debris. Then cover the stain in a spray lubricant like WD-40 or a commercial powder cleaner. Leave for a few hours and then hose it down with water. Wire brushes can also work wonders when you need to use a little bit of elbow grease.


Oil isn’t the only thing that can stain your driveway; sometimes spilled gas can leave a bad mark. However, you can get rid of these stains in a similar way. Placing an absorbent material, like cat litter over the stain and then hosing away can work. You may want you accompany that with scrubbing the concrete stain with dishwasher detergent and water.

Although these spills can make your driveway and garage seem messy, they are not permanent. These tips may help make your home a little bit more visually appealing. If any way these tips don’t work, consider hiring a professional cleaner to get this job done.

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