Whether your driveway is new or you’ve had a recent asphalt driveway resurfacing, a fresh driveway has a rich, dark, uniform appearance that can make a statement. Over time, though your driveway fades and can be stained with things like oil or grease. Here are a few ways you can get these stains out using household items:


While often thought of as a myth, cola (like Coca-Cola or Pepsi) can be used to remove oil stains from your driveway. Simply mop up any excess oil and then pour 1-2 cans of cola over the area. Let it sit overnight and in the morning, hose it down.

Baking Soda

Homeowners often use baking soda and a stiff brush to remove their driveway stains; pour a generous amount of baking soda over the stain and scrub it well with the brush. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes so that the baking soda has time to remove stain particles, then rise off with a hose.

Cat Litter

While it may be the last thing you ever think of, cat litter is actually a relatively effective way to remove stains from your driveway. Mop up any excess liquid and then pour a helping of cat litter over the stain. Rub it into the driveway using the heel of your foot, then let it sit overnight. The next day, sweep up the cat litter and hose down the stain.

Powdered Laundry Detergent

Powdered laundry detergent works similar to baking soda when it comes to removing stains. Mop up any excess liquid and then sprinkle some powered detergent over the area. Add a little water, then scrub with a stiff brush. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes, then rinse off the stain with a hose.

Oven Cleaner

If you’ve tried traditional soap and water to remove your driveway stain and it hasn’t worked, turn to oven cleaner. Spray the stain so that it’s well saturated and let it sit for about 10 minutes. After that, turn your hose to the highest pressure and spray away the oven cleaner.

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