- Treat or clean up your automotive spill as soon as it occurs.Applying sawdust to the spill as soon as possible will prevent the liquid or substance from penetrating the pores in the flooring or concrete of your garage or driveway.
- Sprinkle sawdust directly onto the automotive spill.The sawdust should cover the entire perimeter of the spill so it can adequately soak up the liquid or automotive substance.
- Wait for the sawdust to completely absorb the automotive substance.Depending on the size and depth of the spill, you may need to wait either several minutes, or several hours. The sawdust will be ready for disposal when it has dried completely.
- Sweep the sawdust remains into a pile using a broom.
- Use a shovel or dustpan to gather the sawdust remains from the floor.
- Place the sawdust remains into a trash bag or large trash container that is marked for disposal.
- Dispose of the recycled sawdust remains safely.In most regions, you can dispose of the recycled sawdust using your routine trash collection and disposal method.
- Use sawdust to remove grease, oil, and other automotive substances from your hands or tools, if needed. Apply the sawdust directly to your hands or tools, then massage the sawdust thoroughly across the surface of your hands or tools until the substance has been completely removed.
- Use sawdust as an automotive absorbent for cans of oil, car paint, and other substances that are otherwise illegal to dispose of using normal methods. Pour or dump sawdust directly into an oil can or other substance, then wait for the sawdust to soak up the substance and dry completely before disposing of the can normally.
- Proactively manage automotive spills by sprinkling sawdust on the floor of your shop, garage, or driveway before working on your car. This can help prevent stains and allow you to manage spills more effectively as they occur.
- Never handle or dispose of the recycled sawdust with your bare hands after it has been used to treat automotive spills. If you do not have a broom or shovel, wear protective gloves to prevent the chemicals from coming into direct contact with your skin.
- Never burn your sawdust or wood shavings in a fireplace, stove, or open fire pit after it has been used as an automotive absorbent. Burning sawdust and wood shavings that contain chemicals can result in toxic fumes that can be harmful to humans, wildlife, and the environment in general.
Things You'll Need
- Shovel or dustpan
- Trash bag or trash container