How to Get Olive Oil Off of a Floor

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels

  • Water

  • Dish soap

  • White vinegar

Get olive oil off the floor with white vinegar.

When preparing food with olive oil, you sometimes end up with some of the oil on your floor. Whether you have a few drops or a large olive oil spill, you want to remove the oil as quickly as possible. The oil is a greasy, slippery texture that turns your floor into a safety hazard, allowing for the possibility that someone could walk across the floor and slip or fall. Removing the oil can be done with a few inexpensive household items.

Step 1

Collect as much of the oil as possible with paper towels. Scoop up thicker oil residue and blot over light oil spills.

Step 2

Fill the sink with 1 gallon hot water, 2 tbsp. dish soap and 1 cup white vinegar. The soap and vinegar mixture cut through and remove the olive oil, and diluting the solution makes the cleaner safe for any floor type.

Step 3

Dip a handful of paper towels into the liquid and wipe over the floor. Continue until all greasy oil residue is removed.

Step 4

Wipe the floor with a damp paper towel and dry with a clean paper towel.


Mel Frank

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