How to Clean Oil Spills on the Kitchen Floor

Minor splatters of cooking oil are easily to clean: Just wipe them up with a paper towel, rag or sponge.

When the bottle of cooking oil tips over or you otherwise get a heavy spill, however, you'll find yourself with a greasy mess that's more prone to smearing around than actually cleaning up. That's when you should use tactics not unlike those for cleaning up motor oil spills from the garage floor. .

Clean up as much of the oil spill as you can by sopping it with paper towels.

Sprinkle salt or kitty litter heavily over the spilled oil. The oil should be covered completely by the salt or kitty litter. Let the salt or kitty litter soak the oil up. It should only take a few minutes, but it's fine to leave it for longer if you need to run an errand. If the salt or kitty litter gets completely saturated and there's still oil left on the kitchen floor, sprinkle on more.

Sweep the oil-saturated salt or kitty litter up and dump it in the trash. Wipe up any last remnants of oil with a dishtowel or rag.

Things You Will Need

  • Paper towels
  • Salt or kitty litter
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Dishtowel or rag


  • If you don't have salt or kitty litter handy, sop up as much oil as you can with paper towels and scrub at it with a rag or brush, saturated with grease-cutting dish soap. Keep sopping up the liquid and scrubbing until the oil is all gone.