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How to Get Rid of Used Oil

Remarkably, the properties of oil make it a highly reusable item. From your supply of used oil, you can ask processing companies to create useful solutions like lubricants and grease. You can also sell used oil to companies that process plastics and asphalt. If you see no further use for used oil, you can simply discard it through simple procedures. Getting rid of used oil should not be a real problem.

Cleaning and Reusing Oil

The only difference between used oil and a fresh supply of oil is the level of cleanliness. You can hand over your supply of used oil to an oil processing company and have it cleaned. With the use of advanced machinery, the oil company will subject the used oil to a comprehensive filtration process. Your used oil will be good as new once the cleaning process is done.

Reusing oil is your cheapest option in getting motor oil for your car, though the cleaning process can take some time. If your need for motor oil is immediate, you may need to purchase a new one. You can then use the reused oil when the newer supply collects a significant amount of engine dirt and grease.

The Transformation of Used Oil

Used oil can be turned into a multitude of other useful items. Of course, you won’t be processing oil yourself. You can go to an oil processing factory and turn your used oil into any of these items:

  • Machine Oil – Through filtration and distillation, an oil processing company can tweak used oil to become machine oil. You can use machine oil to loosen the valves and rotors of light machines like motorcycles, ATVs, and lawnmowers. The machine oil’s slippery base ensures that all mechanisms of light motors are running smoothly.
  • Sewing Machine Oil – It is produced through proper filtration and distillation of used oil. Sewing machine oil has more uses than what its name suggests. You can use sewing machine oil to the loosen various mechanisms of sewing machines. Remarkably, you can also use sewing machine oil in many other loosening applications like squeaking door hinges, stuck door knobs, and bicycle chains.
  • Grease – Grease is a compound that is formed when oil is mixed with a thickening substance. You can use it to block water and dust from entering sensitive mechanisms of a machine. The viscous solution also has a high boiling point so grease will stay in position despite the warm temperatures produced by automobile motors.
  • Kerosene – Kerosene works wonders on simple applications. The fuel can be used for kerosene stoves and in powering kerosene lamps. If you have a good supply of kerosene and kerosene-based products, you cannot be the paralyzed by a power outage. You can use a kerosene stove for cooking and a kerosene lamp for illumination during blackouts.
  • Plastics – If you give your used oil to plastic manufacturers, they will subject the oil to a chemical breakdown. The oil molecules will be altered then bonded to form various kinds of plastic. From generic plastic bags to sturdy plastic containers, they can all be produced from your car’s seemingly useless supply of used oil.

How to Throw Away Used Oil

Tossing out used oil in the trash bin or leaving it lying around in your garage involves many risks. You can end up hurting your pets and your loved ones just because you did not throw away motor oil properly. The proper disposal of used oil involves a careful procedure that you can surely follow.

Materials Used:

  • large covered container
  • socket wrench
  • funnel
  • oil filter
  • oil gasket
  • drain plug
  • rug

Except for the container and the socket wrench, you can find all of the items in a car accessories store. You can also borrow a socket wrench from your neighbors, since most car owners have a complete set of wrenches in their toolboxes. As for the large container, you can use a large metal can or any covered container that has the capacity of at least six to eight liters.

Prepare Your Car and Materials

Your car must be in a flat surface when collecting used oil. If the surface is tilted, the container will not catch the entire amount of oil falling from your car’s oil pan. Bring your car to a level surface and place all the needed materials.

Drain Oil from Your Car

Set the container beneath your car’s oil pan. Use your socket to loosen the drain plug. Be sure that the container is centered on the drain plug to avoid spilling the oil. Once done, release the drain plug. The oil will fall into the container. Install the new gaskets and plug the new drain plug, when all of the oil has been collected by the container.

Add New Oil

Get your funnel and the new oil. Funnel-in the new oil into your car’s oil pan. Once done, check the area for traces of spilled oil. Use your rug to wipe excess oil off of your car’s engine and the floor.

Used Oil and Trash Bins Do Not Mix

Unless your container is completely sealable, do not throw it in your trash bin. There is a good chance that oil may slip out of its lid. You can just set the container at a visible area near the trash bin so that the garbageman will not miss it.

The Lowdown

Reusing oil appears to be your best option, given the current rise of oil prices. Instead of buying new oil every time your car needs an oil change, you can simply rotate two batches of oil. While one batch is being cleaned in a refinery, the other batch can be used by your car. You can then switch batches during an oil change. Think how much money you can save from this budget-friendly switcheroo. Certainly, you can cope better with the global oil crisis with this method.

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Nicole Harding


  • I bottle up our used oil in old soap bottles, milk jugs(clean) & take them down to our nearest discount auto part store. Call them first & ask if they take old oil.

  • HELP!!! My uncle passed away recently, he used to work on automobiles on his property, I’ve got 12 full oil drums that I need to get rid of. Any suggestions????

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