Oil stains may not be dangerous, but they are ugly! Plus if there are a lot of them, they can cost you money when you're trying to sell your home. Oil stains do not typically equate to a higher curb appeal. Follow these simple steps to clean the stains using common household products instead of toxic chemicals.
Gather the things you’ll need: cat litter (any kind will do) and powder laundry detergent. Even if you don’t have a cat, cat litter is relatively inexpensive and extremely absorbent. You can purchase a 28-pound box for less than ten dollars.
First, pour ample amounts of cat litter onto the stain. The cat litter will absorb the excess oil from the cement. Let the cat litter sit on the stain overnight.
The next morning, sweep up and discard the litter. Mix powdered laundry detergent with water until it makes a paste, and then put the paste on the stain. Let this concoction sit for several hours.
Gently wipe away the detergent paste from the stained area. The stain should be drastically minimized.
The majority of the stain will be gone, but you will be able to see some of the spot for a short time after the area has dried. The remaining discoloration should fade with time, especially if you live in a sunny area.