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Hazardous household spills don't have to ruin your day

Quick ways to clean them up with zi(i)lch experience

There’s a little bit of clumsy in each of us. From the person who trips over the air, to the overly cautious, most of us will spill something at some stage of our adult life.

And we’re not talking about missing your mouth while drinking, but the hazardous spills we make around our homes – cooking oil, cleaning chemicals and paint.

Let’s get your spills cleaned up

1.Cooking oil

If there’s glass in the oil spill, put on shoes (you don’t want to add blood to the spill). Use kitchen tongs to pick up the glass, wrap it in a newspaper and dispose of the glass. Then cover the oil with an absorbent material like kitty litter, salt, corn starch or baking soda and let it soak for 15 minutes. Then use paper towel to wipe it up. Finally, wipe the floor with slices of bread (yes, I said bread) or paper towels to remove the remaining oil residue.

2.Household cleaners

Wear thick rubber gloves (that you should always wear when cleaning), mop up the excess abrasive cleaner with paper towel, and open the window for fresh air. Then use a mop and water to wipe over the affected area.


Scoop up as much paint as you can with brushes. For acrylic paints, use water and detergent to blot away the paint with a sponge. For oil-based paints, start by thinning the paint with a paint thinner, then blot it, rinse it with water and allow to dry. Repeat if necessary.

This article was written by SpillPro

For over 40 years’ SpillPro have been Australia’s leading supplier of spill management products and services.