Wednesday, September 15, 2010

How to Absorb Oil Spills Safely and Easily

Oil spills can make quite a mess, and cleaning them up is no fun. It can stain your driveway and ruin your clothes. It can be difficult to clean up the residue that is left behind from an accidental oil spill. Simply washing it all down the drain is not an option. Oil can also wreak havoc on the environment when it gets into the ecosystem. Cleaning it up safely and quickly is a priority. It would also be preferable if there were an easy way to clean up the spilled oil. So what is the best absorbent material to use when cleaning up the mess?

One way to clean up oil spills that mechanics have known about for long time is by using cat litter. By its very design, it is excellent at soaking up the materials. You need only spread some cat litter over the oil and let it set for a few minutes. The cat litter will quickly soak up the oil and it can be shoveled into a trash can. Cat litter also works very well if the oil spill is large. You will be able to see cat litter getting darker and as it soaks up the oil.

Other common items that work well for cleaning up oil is sawdust. Sawdust can quickly absorb the oil before it gets out of control. The last thing you want if you have an accidental oil spill is for the oil to soak into the ground and get into the water table. Oil that gets into drain pipes can quickly make its way to rivers and streams. It does not take long for a little bit of oil to do a lot of damage. Using sawdust to stop the oil before it spreads is very effective.