How to Remove Oil Stains from Your Driveway 

 June 12, 2022

By  Dale Keese

Oil stains on your driveway or garage floor can be unsightly and detract from the overall beauty of your home. It is critical to understand how to clean oil stains from concrete before sealing, resurfacing, or staining the concrete; otherwise, the oil will seep back through the surface and completely ruin your decorative treatment.

You can use talcum or baby powder for removing oil stains from your driveway. Cat litter is highly absorbent and is very effective in mopping up and removing oil spills completely. Mixing sawdust and paint thinner can give great results when you want to remove oil stains.

It might take some trial and error to figure out the best way to remove oil stains from your driveway. In this article, we will go over some tried and true methods for cleaning oil stains and removing stubborn oil stains. You can learn how to remove oil stains from your driveway with a little time and effort.

Your driveway oil stains could be the result of a leaking car or spills from filling up your car, snowblower, or lawnmower. Gasoline, oil, and transmission fluid can all stain your concrete driveway or garage floor. Oil stains are particularly difficult to remove, and no amount of scrubbing or pressure washing will clean and remove them.

Talcum Powder or Baby Powder

Because oil is a liquid, it spreads and must be stopped. When the oil stops spreading, it begins to dry up, and if left unattended for an extended period of time, it can cause a bigger mess, so you must act quickly. To remove oil stains from your driveway, use talcum or baby powder. The powder absorbs and absorbs the oil without requiring you to touch it while cleaning.

Powder in Jar

To begin, blot away any excess oil with paper towels, a sponge, or an absorbent cloth. The powder should then be sprinkled over the oil and allowed to settle into the stain. When the oil has been absorbed by the powder, brush the powder away. If the stain has not completely disappeared, repeat the procedure until the stain is gone.

Then, use water and a mild detergent to clean the area. Instead of talcum or baby powder, you can use corn starch to remove oil stains.

Cat Litter

Regardless of how old the oil stain is or whether it appears to be permanently set in, several oil stains retain some moist residue. You might be surprised to learn that cat litter is highly absorbent and effective at completely mopping up and removing oil spills.

Cat litter is essentially a mixture of clay minerals that are highly absorbent and can absorb up to their weight in water. However, expensive cat litter contains perfumes and clumps, making it ineffective at removing the oil. The secret to removing oil stains from driveways is to use cheap cat litter.

If the oil stain is new or light, pour cat litter on it and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Allow the cat litter to sit on the oil overnight if there is a lot of wet oil or if the oil stain is very large. After that, sweep up the litter. If the stain is still wet, repeat the procedure. However, you must take care not to reuse this cat litter and instead dispose of it.

Finally, use a hard bristle brush and a concentrated detergent to clean the area, then rinse with clean water.

Sawdust and Paint Thinner

Paint thinners are basically solvents used to thin oil-based paints. Sawdust is an excellent absorbent that aids in the removal of oil. When cleaning oil stains, combining sawdust and paint thinner can yield excellent results. Mix the sawdust with the paint thinner until it is damp.


For about 20 to 30 minutes, spread sawdust over the oil stain. Sweep the sawdust away and double-check. If the stain is not removed, repeat the procedure.


Despite the fact that there are hundreds of detergent brands on the market, they all use the same technique to clean and fight stains. In scientific terms, one end of the detergent molecule adheres to the grease and the other end adheres to the water molecule.

When you rinse the area with water, the water molecule transports the grease away, leaving the area clean. Detergents, particularly heavy-duty liquid detergents, are therefore ideal for cleaning and removing oil and grease stains from your driveway.

Spray the detergent directly on the oil stain or massage it in. Rinse the area with clean water after washing it with regular detergent. If the stain persists, repeat the procedure. To clean and remove the stains, you can also use powdered detergent. Pour hot water on the detergent and scrub the stain vigorously for a few minutes with a stiff bristle or steel brush, then rinse the area clean with warm water or a garden hose.

Coca Cola

While people all over the world enjoy drinking Coca Cola, the beverage has other applications as well. Coke is commonly used as a cleaner and stain remover for rust and bloodstains, as well as for cleaning tiles and toilets. Coca-Cola is also great for removing oil stains from clothes and concrete driveways.

Soft Drink

So, how do you use Coca Cola to remove oil stains from your driveway? Pour approximately 60 mL (two cans) of Coke onto the oil stain. Allow it to sit for a day before washing it off with clean water. Using Coke to clean and remove oil stains from your driveway is probably the simplest and least expensive method.


A poultice made of a chemical solvent or cleaner and an absorbent material like talc or sawdust that has been mixed and made into a thick paste could be used. The cleaner or solvent aids in stain separation, while the absorbent cleans and absorbs the oil that is causing the stain.

To make a thick poultice, combine finely ground diatomaceous earth, fuller's earth, whiting, hydrated lime, or talc with a solvent made of soap solution (soap with hot water). Soak the oil stain with water and spread the poultice on the stain. Make sure to cover the area beyond the stain as well.

When the poultice has dried, scrape it clean with a stiff brush. If the stain does not disappear, repeat the procedure.

Baking Soda

Baking soda can be used for more than just baking. It works well as a deodorant, a fire extinguisher, and a cleaner. Baking soda can be used in two ways to clean and remove oil stains from your driveway.

  • Pour baking soda on the oil spill and wait for it to absorb the oil. Then, thoroughly rinse the area with clean water. If the stain remains, repeat the procedure.
  • Scrub the area with a wet brush after sprinkling baking soda on the oil stain. Using a garden hose or a bucket, thoroughly rinse with clean water.

Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Vegetable Oil

If your car has been leaking oil on your driveway all night, everything you need to clean and remove the oil stains is right in your kitchen. Follow the steps below with baking soda, vinegar, vegetable oil, and cloth and sponges.

Distilled White Vinegar
  • Pour the vinegar on the oil and let it rest for a few minutes.
  • Wipe clean the surface with a cloth. If the oil remains, put baking soda on a wet sponge and scrub the area.
  • Then, wipe the surface clean thoroughly with a wet cloth. If the oil stain still remains, then a valuable point to remember is that grease counters grease.
  • Pour some vegetable oil on a paper napkin and scrub the stained area.
  • Lastly, repeat the previous two steps with the vinegar and baking soda.


Oil spills are unsightly and among the most difficult stains to remove, so you must act quickly if there has been a spill on your driveway. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to remove the stains. Some stains may be difficult to remove, so using more than one method to clean it up may be a good idea.

Now that you know how to remove oil stains from your driveway, it may be worthwhile to seal your driveway to prevent future oil stains. It takes less time and effort to clean up and costs less money to maintain a high-quality driveway sealer. Consider how much time and money you will save!

About the author

Hey, I'm Dale Keese.. thanks for reading.. hopefully this article can save you some time and trouble with your sealing job. I'm also in the process of making some video walk-throughs for youtube so check back soon! thanks

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