Have you ever noticed those translucent spots on driveways, parking lots, or even on the road? Those are known as oil spills and can be caused by oil leaks from poorly maintained vehicles. 

They might seem like harmless puddles of liquid; however, not cleaning them with the proper techniques might result in hazardous threats for you, the environment, and other drivers. In this blog post, we’ll prepare you for accidental oil spills and how to deal with them.


Oil Spills Are More Common Than You Might Think

Your car’s engine needs oil to function properly. Over time, this oil gets dirty and needs to be replaced with fresh oil. There is bound to be some spillage when changing your car’s oil.

If these oil spills are not cleaned up properly, they can cause stains or be dangerous due to their volatile nature. This is why it’s important to have an absorbent kit in your garage and car. You’re always prepared for any surprise leaks or spills when changing your oil.


Tips For Cleaning Up An Oil Spill

Like any spill, it’s better to clean it as soon as possible to make it easier to remove. Here is something we recommend you try:

  • Use a pressure cleaner:  If the spill is on a hard surface like concrete, you can use a pressure cleaner with plain water to remove the oil.
  • Scrub it off with a strong liquid anti-grease detergent:  For more stubborn oil stains, you can use a strong liquid anti-grease detergent. Apply the detergent directly to the stain and scrub it with a brush.
  • Wash it away with hot water: Once you’ve applied the detergent, rinse the area with hot water to remove any residue.
  • Use an absorbent: For spills on softer surfaces like grass or gravel, you’ll need to use an absorbent to soak up the oil. There are many different absorbents available, but we recommend using ABC Balancing Beads.


The Best Way To Clean Up An Oil Spill

ABC Balancing Beads has put together an absorbent that any smart driver should carry. Our 100% organic absorbent can pick up even the hardest spills such as gasoline, oil, diesel, brake fluids, and thinner, thanks to its microbes formula. 

The encapsulation of our absorbent allows this 5lbs bag to last up to 3 years in storage, so you can use it whenever you need it. It’s completely friendly to the environment and can be used on any surface. At ABC Balancing Beads, we don’t limit ourselves to wheel balancing solutions. Still, we provide you with great products for your everyday drive.