Spotty First Impression? 5 Homemade Solutions For Removing Oil Spots On Your Driveway

While ensuring order and appeal indoors is a simple task for many, your home's exterior deserves the same attention. Unfortunately, you may not be placing enough emphasis on your driveway. Curb appeal is an imperative factor in your home's value and for making a good first impression. Since you only have one shot at making a first impression, be sure your driveway is clean and free of stains. By using these homemade solutions, you can remove unsightly oil stains from your asphalt driveways and enhance your home's curb appeal.

Here Kitty, Kitty

If you already have a cat at home, you are in luck. Using your pet's kitty litter offers instant success for cleaning up oil spills and removing stains from your driveway. Pour an even amount of litter directly onto the spill and spread using a rake or your hands. This will quickly absorb the oil from your surface.

Oil can quickly discolor your driveways and walkways. If you need to remove these stains, complete the following:

  1. Pour the kitty litter over the stain and spread with a rake.
  2. Use your feet or hands to stomp the litter into the surface.
  3. Allow it to sit overnight. The clay litter will absorb the dark oil through the hours.
  4. Use your garden hose to rinse off driveway or sweep up the litter with your broom.

Pop Open a Soda Pop

Reach in the fridge and grab a few cans of soda. While the caramel coloring of soda may not seem ideal for removing dark oil stains, the carbonation of the cola is effective and fast. 

After cracking open a few cans, pour the cola directly over any oil spots. Allow the cola to rest for 6 to 8 hours on your oil stains. Then, soak up the remaining cola with paper towels. Do not rinse the cola, as that will likely spread the liquid and possibly darken other areas of your asphalt.  

Get Baked with Baking Soda

Used in many cake, bread, and cookie recipes, baking soda is a staple in most households. It is also an imperative part of any natural-cleaning arsenal.

Sodium bicarbonate creates carbonation when it becomes moist on a surface. This carbonation helps dissolve any unwanted matter. Sprinkling a box of baking soda onto an oil spill helps absorb the liquid from your asphalt. However, if you are already experiencing staining from the oil, complete the following:

  1. Add 3 cups of warm water to a spray bottle.
  2. Pour in a ½ cup of baking soda.
  3. Shake the bottle to mix the ingredients.
  4. Douse a thick amount of the baking soda solution directly onto oil spots.
  5. Allow the solution to soak the oil and clean up the discoloration.
  6. For stubborn stains, you may need to use a hard-bristled brush to scrub the area.
  7. After the solution rests for 30 minutes, rinse off with a garden hose.

Lubricating Lubed Oil

Oil is not necessarily something that needs additional lubrication, but applying a generous amount of spray lubricant to your oil spots can reduce the discoloration.

Ancient Egyptians used a form of spray lubricant to grease moving equipment for building pyramids. Today, you can use spray lubricants for many projects and remedies.

Spray the lubricant on your oil spot and allow it to sit for a few hours. Then, rinse away the dark stain with your garden hose.

Leave the Dishes in the Sink

Before washing the dinner dishes, combine the following in a bucket:

  • 1 gallon of warm water
  • ½ cup of liquid dish soap

Soak a hard-bristled brush in the soapy solution and then use to scrub any oil stains on your asphalt surfaces. The combination of elbow grease and dish soap is an affordable way to remove oil spots from your driveway. Fortunately, you do not need a lot of dish soap, so you can still do those dinner dishes.

Proper curb appeal adds value and interest to your home. By ridding your asphalt driveway and walkway of oil stains, you can increase the value and appeal of your home. For additional information, visit