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How to Get Grease off a Concrete Driveway

You don't have to live with an oil-stained driveway. Get rid of the mess with these stain-busting techniques.


  • Step 1: Act quickly Using a combination of newspaper, paper towels, and rags, blot as much oil as possible immediately after a spill to keep it from soaking into the concrete.
  • TIP: Take the oil-soaked paper and rags to a recycling center as soon as possible. Leave oil-soaked materials outside your house and garage until you can dispose of them properly.
  • Step 2: Scrub with soap and water] Apply grease-cutting dish detergent to the stain and work it in with a nylon scrub brush. Add hot water and continue to scrub.
  • TIP: Wet the area surrounding the stain to prevent the released oil from causing a secondary stain.
  • Step 3: Blot Blot the soapy mixture with towels.
  • Step 4: Flush Flush the area with hot water, taking care not to burn yourself. If necessary, scrub again after the water has cooled.
  • Step 5: Use cat litter Sprinkle cat litter on the spill to absorb any remaining oil. Use a push broom to work the litter into the stain; then let the litter sit overnight to absorb the rest of the oil.
  • Step 6: Sweep up the litter Sweep up the cat litter with a broom and dustpan the next morning.
  • Step 7: Repeat Repeat the cleaning process as many times as necessary. With a little work, your driveway will be as good as new!
  • Step 8: Prevent a repeat Prevent future oil stains in your driveway by laying a piece of plywood or cardboard on the floor and parking your car over it.
  • FACT: One gallon of oil can ruin the taste of a million gallons of drinking water. That's good reason not to wash your oil down the drain!

You Will Need

  • Newspaper
  • Paper towels
  • Rags
  • Grease-cutting liquid dish detergent
  • A nylon scrub brush
  • Hot water
  • Cat litter
  • A Broom
  • A Dustpan
  • Plywood or cardboard

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