What Is The Best Way To Clean Up Oil Spills?

Oil spills, whether from cooking oil, motor oil, or paint, should be handled with more care when compared to other spills. As a caution, you should never scrub it as it will spread further, causing more harm to you, your children, or even pets. Types of oil can differ, but as a rule of thumb, you need a detergent and absorbent material to clean it. Keep reading as we explain the best way to clean up oil spills.

Cover the area with an absorbent material

First things first, use a paper towel to blot up some of the spills and then apply an absorbent material. These materials can be anything from corn starch and kitty litter to salt, oatmeal, and sand.


Pour the material of your choice entirely over the spill and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can opt to use an industrial absorbent such as pads, pillows, booms & socks, sheets & mats, or even rags or towels to blot the oil and clean the surface to prevent your family members from possible slipping or falling.

Scoop up the absorbent material

Use a spatula or a paper towel to scoop the absorbent material until there’s no any spillage. Note that at this point, it would not be advisable to use a mop or vacuum cleaner.

Wipe up the leftover residue

Using slices of bread or paper towels, gently and carefully wipe up the oil residue. At this point, you will be able to comfortably remove most of the residue and don’t panic if you realize that the floor is still sticky.

Mop up the floor

Mix a grease-fighting detergent with warm water and mop your floor thoroughly until the spill is out.

Final thoughts


Whether it’s the kitchen, living room, or garage, oil spills can be dangerous. They make the surface slippery, making it vulnerable for anyone to fall. If you spot any oil spills, attend to them as fast as you can and if you don’t know how to go about it, this article will get you started.