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How to Clean Concrete With Household Products

By Charlotte Johnson
Use hot water to clean concrete.

Concrete often takes a beating between being walked on and driven on frequently. It's easy for dust, dirt and stains to accumulate on concrete over time. One way to maintain your concrete surfaces is to clean them regularly. Rather than buying expensive cleaners, treat concrete with inexpensive household products as your first line of defense. Through regular maintenance and speedy stain treatment, you will keep your concrete in excellent condition.

Sprinkle any obvious stains with cat litter to absorb the oil.

Brush off the cat litter with a nylon bristled brush.

Flush the concrete with hot water.

Sprinkle powdered laundry detergent over the concrete and let it sit for about 10 minutes.

Scrub the concrete with a nylon brush dipped in hot water.

Rinse the area with clean water.

Pour household bleach onto any remaining stains and let it sit for approximately 10 minutes.

Scrub the area with hot water once more.

Rinse the concrete thoroughly.


Things You Will Need

  • Cat litter
  • Nylon scrub brush
  • Bleach
  • Laundry detergent
  • Power washer (optional)

About the Author


Charlotte Johnson is a musician, teacher and writer with a master's degree in education. She has contributed to a variety of websites, specializing in health, education, the arts, home and garden, animals and parenting.