How to Get the Gas Spill Out of the Driveway

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Things You'll Need

  • Sand

  • Push broom

  • Old container with lid

  • Liquid dish soap

  • Garden hose

  • Paper towels


Substitute powdered dishwasher detergent for liquid dish soap.


Abrasive brushes and cleaning materials scratch driveways.

Remove gas spills while they’re fresh.
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Gas spills on driveways generally occur when refilling a vehicle or lawnmower with gasoline. Made of crude oil, gasoline mars driveways with strong odors and unsightly stains. Although gasoline quickly evaporates, it leaves flammable chemicals in driveways. Chemicals in gasoline contaminate the environment and are dangerous to breathe. Since gasoline spills are unattractive, unsafe and unhealthy, promptly remove them from driveways. Get gas spills out of a driveway before they permeate the surface even more and become more problematic.


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Step 1

Pour ordinary sand liberally over the gasoline, completely covering the spill. Leave the sand on the driveway overnight to absorb the gasoline spill.

Step 2

Sweep the gasoline-soaked sand off the driveway and into an old container with a lid.


Step 3

Pour dish soap liberally onto the remaining gasoline stain. Wet the dish soap with water from a hose.

Step 4

Agitate the soapy gas stain with the push broom for a minute. Let the soapy water permeate the driveway for five minutes.


Step 5

Continue agitating the driveway with the broom until the gasoline stain disappears.

Step 6

Rinse the sudsy residue off the driveway using fresh water. Blot up the sudsy runoff with paper towels to avoid contaminating the environment.

Step 7

Dispose of the paper towels and container of gasoline-soaked sand according to local ordinances.