How to Remove Oil Stains from Concrete


Sand works pretty well for removing oil stains from driveways, garage floors and other concrete areas. Simply cover stain with sand – let sit until the sand has absorbed the oil then sweep up.

Kitty Litter

Kitty litter also works well for absorbing oil from a concrete surface. Taking similar steps to the one listed above, cover oil stain with kitty litter – allow time for the litter to absorb the oil – then sweep away.


Place several newspapers over the stain then soak the newspaper with water. Let it sit long enough to dry. When you pick up the papers the oil stain will come with it.

Cascade Dishwasher Detergent

For older grease or oil stains on a concrete floor try making a paste using some Cascade Dishwasher detergent mixed with water. Scrub the paste on the oil stain and let it sit overnight. The next day add a little more water, scrub with a brush and rinse clean.

Dishwashing Liquid

Dishwasher liquids are known for their ability to cut through grease and oil. Cover the oil stain with a large amount of Dishwasher Liquid – make sure entire stain is covered – then let sit overnight. The next morning hose or wash away.

Easy Off Oven Cleaner

Another great degreaser, spray the stain liberally with Easy Off Oven cleaner (make sure area is well ventilated). Let it sit for about ½ hour then scrub clean and follow up by hosing or washing away. (More stubborn stains may need more than one application).

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