How to Remove Oil on Pavers.


Hey!  Look at me!  I’m a lantern.  An oil filled lantern!

I live in Karen’s backyard!

Oil on Paver 2


Last week, just a day after Karen cleaned her pavers, I jumped right out of my spot in the garden and landed on the exact same paver Karen had just spent 2 days cleaning vegetable oil off of!  Don’t blame me.  The tornado made me do it.

Yup. I spilled my oil all over the exact same paver.   Heh.  Yup.  This pretty much sums up Karen’s life.

Oil on Paver 1


Yes.  It’s true.  My lantern is an asshead.

I’ll admit it.  I cried a little.

No actual tears came out, but I made that scrunchy face.
The fella kindly went out and got me some Dawn because so many people had recommended it.

Plus the Internet said it worked … but … the Internet lies …

Oil on Paver 3


Dawn was applied to the stone.

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It was scrubbed in with a scrub brush, with a tiny bit of water … and left for 5 minutes.

Oil on Pavers 5


Lather, rinse , repeat.


Oil on Pavers Final


And THAT is how to remove oil from cement or pavers.



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  2. Jim Hayes says:

    I spilled oil on the gorgeous brick patio I installed a few years ago. Since I’d used WD-40 to clean oil off concrete, I didn’t even bother to spot-test it. Mistake! It made it far worse. I tried dish soap, then all kinds of solvents, to no effect. My sweetheart suggested Dawn and I balked, since I’d already tried soap. But I tried it anyway, since, hey, it works on ducks, doesn’t it?

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  4. Laura Adams says:

    Karen, I know this is an old post, but, hey – I read them, so someone else may, too. A year ago, I found myself having to clean 16 years of cooking grease off of some kitchen cabinets. I, too, tried both TSP and Dawn, along with a commercial degreaser my father-in-law gave me, to no avail. Google gave me one more option: dishwashing powder, mixed into hot water. It cut right through the grease that the other three barely touched. Don’t know if it would work on your pavers, but thought I’d pass it on.
    Love your blog, girl.

    • Karen says:

      Hey Laura! Thanks. I actually ended up sealing my whole backyard this year so they’re all evenly dark, lol. Not because of the grease stain but because the flagstone was getting sad and pale looking. Love your idea though. When you say dishwashing powder do you mean, like the type you’d put into a dishwasher?! I never, ever would have thought of that but it make sense. ~ karen!

  5. Mary Ann Deebs says:

    It works!!!!! Thanks for putting this on the net for other people to try. You never even know that the oil happened!
    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

  6. Heather DeGruy says:

    This afternoon I received a friendly visit from our HOA Nazis, they love to stop by my home the minute my plants have grown a centimeter too long, or (like you) bread bag, Gatorade bottle and empty Dunkin Donuts cup are have a threesome after garbage night. Anyway apparently my Jeep has not been able to hold it’s bodily fluids and has proceeded to pee motor oil all over my brick pavers….q HOA Nazis…..wait for it……now! Well it’s been there for weeks and NOW it has become an “eyesore and a blemish to the community” An eyesore?? Ward, go get Wally and the Beaver, we just jumped back in time about 65 years!!! Karen, do you have any remedies for my Jeeps little potty problem? I mean apparently we are really upsetting Ozzie and Harriet next door. Thanks

    • Tracy says:

      If you have a problem with deed restrictions, perhaps you should reconsider living in a deed restricted community. Also, whether you acknowledge it or not, odds are those same deed restrictions are probably what made the neighborhood attractive to you in the first place which helped make your decision to purchase your home there. I have lived in both and experienced the pros and cons to both.

  7. Erin says:

    as a new zealander I love that your dawn is New Zealand springs scent – what does that even smell like??

    Anyhoo – great tip!

  8. Inga says:

    Would the same work for candle wax ya think?

    • Karen says:

      Inga – I’m not sure. Definitely worth giving it a shot, but it’s a different material than oil. Lemme know if you try! ~ karen

  9. Cindy Marlow says:

    You had me at asshead…

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    I correct myself…what the next weather development spills on it..

  11. Nancy says:

    And what have we learned from this Karen..the next time the weather man is predicting a tornado…when you run to your local store to stock up on bread, milk, candles and such..don’t forget the DAWN for all of your clean-up needs..(shouldn’t I be getting paid for this?)..PS..I will be anxiously waiting to hear what you spill on it next..

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    • Karen says:

      Jen – Hah! I noticed the fly after I uploaded the pic to my computer. Poor dumb thing didn’t even know he was modelling. Flies are so stupid. ~ k

  13. Amy in StL says:

    Dawn takes grease out of clothes???? OMG, I feel like I have a newfound superpower.

  14. Paulette says:

    I would have never thought thought to flip it, tricky as that may be (and time consuming)… great ideas for Dawn, thanks! I love your blog :)

  15. Shauna says:

    Clearly, Dawn needs to sponsor you a lil’ bit for this great post that proves its claims;)

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