If you are one of those people that change their own vehicle's oil, then you know how difficult it is to dispose of your old, used oil. You may even have gallons of old oil sitting around in your garage. This is because you can't pour it down the drain or into your yard because it will contaminate your drinking water. You can take your oil to a recycling center or a car shop near you and they will recycle it or you can recycle it yourself. There are several ways you can reuse your old oil. Here are a few:
- Lubricant: Used oil makes a great lubricant for mechanical devices and parts, such as screws and bolts. Use it also to keep your hand tools well lubricated and not only will they be safer to use but they'll also last longer.
- Paint: Oil makes a great deterrent for mites and termites, so painting your shed or other outside building is a great way to recycle your used oil. You can also paint your fence with it. It gives you that treated wood look without the high price tag. In fact, anything wooden can be painted with it, included trailers and wooden posts.
- Fire Starter: This can only be done outdoors because of the toxins, but if your wood is damp or just refusing to light, pour some oil on it. You'll have a fire going in no time. This is also useful when you're trying to get rid of an old stump. Just don't use too much or your fire could get out of control.
- Rust Removal: When your tools or other metal objects get rusty, use your used oil to remove the rust. Simply pour a little bit on a piece of steel wool and scrub away. You can also use the oil before your metals rust to prevent them from rusting in the future. You can even spray the underside of your car or other vehicles.
- Cleaning Leather: Whether you are cleaning your leather boots or your leather seats, used oil is a great way to remove the dirt and grime as well as preserve the condition of the leather so it will last longer.
Used motor oil can be a nasty thing if you don't know what to do with it. Now that have these 5 options you'll have plenty of ways to recycle your old oil in a safe and cheap way. Click here for more information on how to recycle your used motor oil.