‘Absorb’ oil stains on driveways using £1.95 household item

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An oil leak could be a sign there’s an underlying issue with your vehicle and can cause a huge mess on your driveway. Drips and large splotches of oil can make your property look less appealing to prospective buyers and can detract from your home’s overall appearance.

Removing oil stains from driveways can be tough but it is possible to banish the stains using household items.

Fans of cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch, whose full name is Sophie Hinchliffe, have shared how they remove oil stains from their driveways.

The cleaning expert and lifestyle influencer has more than 4.6 million followers on Instagram and has authored several books.

In recent years, fans of hers have taken to social media to share their solutions for solving common household and garden.

On one such group, Facebook user Karen Blackwell posted: “This is an oil leak from my son’s car – it’s gear box oil.

“It’s leaked onto our lovely driveway. Does anyone know how to get this off? Help!”

The post was flooded with comments but the most suggested solution was to use cat litter.

Danielle Mall said: “Cat litter, sprinkle on, let it absorb the oil and wash away then scrub the stain.”

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Mary Carew agreed and wrote: “Cat litter works.” Libby Kundert commented on the post: “Try kitty litter.”

Sarah Castonguay replied: “Cat litter, then smash it in with a brick. This works on normal concrete but I have not used it on pavers.”

Jan Smyth suggested: “As someone else said, cat litter really does work. We used it very successfully to get an oil stain off our garage floor. Good luck.”

Those with cats will likely already have cat litter at home but for those who don’t, it can be bought online or from a local supermarket.

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Felight Antibacterial Non-Clumping Cat Litter costs £10.99 from Pets At Home and Essential Absorbent Cat Litter costs £2.20 from Waitrose.

JUST ESSENTIALS by Asda Cat Litter costs just £1.95 and Tesco Lightweight Cat Litter costs £1.95.

Other suggestions for removing oil stains included using sand, WD40, a degreaser, cola, Jeyes Fluid and more.

Lee-Anne Hayes replied: “WD40 and a paper towel.” Kelly Callaghan said: “Sand and washing up liquid.”

Mary O Malley posted: “Oil soak or spill pads from a motor factors shop/car accessories shop.”

Josh Smith commented: “Same happened to me yesterday. I mixed a solution of turps, bleach, Pink Stuff and disinfectant.”

Christine Anne Matias wrote: “A spray can of degreaser. Spray on and leave for 30 minutes and hose off.”

Helena Enefer said: “Cola then scrub with bio washing liquid.” Linda Stedman suggested: “A car mechanic told me to buy an anti-grease spray that they use on engines then scrub with hot soapy water.

“I bought one from an auto accessory shop and it worked brilliantly.”

Sharon Stoddart said: “Mix Jeyes Fluid as per instructions then scrub the flags and rinse.”

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