How to Clean Up a Diesel Fuel Spill in a Driveway

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How to Clean Up a Diesel Fuel Spill in a Driveway
Fuel can be easily cleaned from your driveway. (David Sacks/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Diesel fuel is basically a term that refers to general liquid fuels used to power diesel engines in various types of machinery, equipment and vehicles. If you work often in your garage and generally load up your own diesel fuel, then you might end up with a diesel fuel spill in your driveway. This can also occur if the machinery or vehicle that has the diesel fuel has a leak. If you know the right way to clean up a diesel fuel spill, you won't have to have an unsightly stain on your driveway.

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Things you need

  • Cat litter
  • Broom
  • Hose
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Concentrated washing powder
  • Scrub brush

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  1. 1

    Saturate the diesel fuel in absorbent cat litter. Try a brand that's made for multiple cat households for added absorbency. Allow this to sit for several hours to absorb the diesel fuel.

  2. 2

    Use a stiff broom to sweep up the cat litter after several hours to remove the diesel fuel that the cat litter soaked up.

  3. 3

    Add a small amount of water to the diesel fuel mark that's left behind, and then sprinkle on baking soda. Continue adding water and baking soda until you've made a paste.

  4. 4

    Use a stiff scrub brush to scrub the baking soda paste into your driveway. Get down on hands and knees to really put some power into your scrubbing.

  5. 5

    Rinse the area with your hose to check out the stain. If you can still see it, pour on concentrated washing powder to cover the diesel fuel stain. Let it work for several minutes.

  6. 6

    Use your stiff scrub brush to again scrub the area. Rinse when you're finished.

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