How do you clean car battery acid?

What’s the best way to clean up car battery acid? We had a bit of an incident with an old car battery, and I want to make sure I clean my floors properly.

Answer
Car batteries are a tricky mess to clean up. But try not to worry! You can clean car battery acid with baking soda.
Before you get started, take steps to stay safe. Car battery acid can be dangerous, so make sure to protect yourself with:
  • gloves,
  • goggles, and
  • a mask.
From there, you can follow these steps to clean up the battery acid:
  • Cover the spill with baking soda until it stops fizzing and bubbling.
  • Wipe up the acid-soaked baking soda with a towel and throw them away.
  • Then, clean up the area with a mix of baking soda and water.
  • Make sure to put the old battery and any acid-soaked items in a double trash bag.
  • Contact a local junkyard or auto-repair shop for proper disposal instructions.
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Liz Jenson
Answered on Nov 15, 2021
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