Cleaning Up Diesel Fuel

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December 9, 2018

What can I use to clean up diesel fuel?


December 9, 20180 found this helpful

You need special cleaners for that. I would ask a gas station and a janitorial supply company what they use.

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December 9, 20180 found this helpful

Are you talking a few drops on a garage floor or in a big space? Indoor or outdoors? I would need a few more particulars to steer you in the best direction.

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December 20, 20180 found this helpful

Hopefully you are asking about cleaning up a small spill.

  • It is usually recommended to use an absorbent like regular cat litter (not scoopable) to absorb the liquid. Spread on spill; wait 30 minutes and sweep up. Repeat at least once. Dispose of litter properly - usually at a designated place in your area.
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  • Then you can use something called Greased Lightening or blue Dawn dish-washing liquid as they are capable of cutting the petroleum and washing away the remaining diesel. Use a stiff brush or broom to clean it up. Rinse with several layers of fresh water.
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February 14, 20190 found this helpful

Naa all u need is washing up neat washing up liquid onto the spill scrub with a hard brush leave for a while the spray off with water repeat a couple of times....gone!!!

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September 8, 20190 found this helpful

Large drops in a workshop as well as the contaminated soil

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December 6, 20190 found this helpful

At the most a pint of diesel fuel on the floor of a garage

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December 6, 20190 found this helpful

I spilled a quart of diesel fuel on my garage on the floor. Tried to wipe it up and then sprayed water to try to completely dissolve it.


The smell is Very strong yet it appears on the floor the diesel is gone what can I do to get rid of the smell.?

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July 19, 2016

I have a problem. I am based in Kenya and am working on a site where a generator has spilled diesel fuel on the generator container floor. I wanted advice on what is the best detergent I can use to clean it off so I can spray another colour without a problem?


March 27, 20170 found this helpful

Nascar uses Tide

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December 5, 2010

How do I get the smell of diesel out of my house after my indoor boiler leaked?

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August 17, 2016

This is a page about removing diesel from block paved driveway. Removing diesel fuel that has accidentally spilled or leaked onto your block driveway may require special treatment.

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May 29, 2013

This is a page about cleaning diesel fuel on concrete. Diesel fuel spills on concrete are common in garages, workshops, and driveways.

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May 29, 2013

This is a page about cleaning diesel fuel odors from inside a car. Fuel odors can be difficult to remove from the inside of your car.

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December 5, 2010

My fuel oil (diesel) furnace leaked yesterday. I am trying to remove the smell from the house, but am having no luck. Does anyone know how to remove it or even lessen in?


cricket_0276 from IN


Diesel Furnace Oil Spill

Pour kitty litter on the oil to soak it up. Sweep that up and discard then sprinkle baking soda on the stain, which will sweeten the smell. The ones that are scented for kitty litter pans are the best for removing odors.

Jill (10/09/2006)

By Jill

Diesel Furnace Oil Spill

We just had a diesel spill in our basement, as well, there are two very good products we found. Industrial strength PUSH it is an enzyme eater and takes the smell away, as well as, Odorgon.
We purchased both products at a place in Canada called Kleen All.
Hope this helps! (10/14/2008)

By Alice

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