I'm planning on taking a dry plastic water bottle to the petrol station, and getting a liter of diesel for cleaning my bike chain. I'm sure my problem is very common these days. My landlord would probably not appreciate me making a mess on her brick paving. Sure I could use newspaper, but if I pour some diesel onto a rag, the chances of spilling are high, and then the chances of it soaking through a few layers of newspaper are fairly high too. Then when I spray the chain there will likely be more drips etc. --- It seems rather inefficient to make a mess and then throw away a giant ball of newspaper every 3 weeks. The environmentalist in me would rather recycle that paper. If I wasn't renting I would probably get some rigid plastic and put that under the chain, then wipe the drips afterwards with some toilet paper.