Did you know that you can use kitty litter to deodorize your house? Or that cat litter has essential benefits for your home? Or that there are situations when you should not use kitty litter? You’d be surprised to find how cat litter can be used in your home and yard. So, if you’re thinking of replacing cat litter with another type of litter, you should check out this list first. Here’s everything you need to know about kitty litter:
Help Get Rid Of Cockroaches
Cockroaches are especially attracted to starchy foods, and cat litter can act as a condensation point for these insects. So, if you have these critters, try placing a few drops of kitty litter on the surface where they are lurking. The roaches will be drawn to the scent and get stuck in the litter. Then you can remove them with a vacuum and get rid of the pest simultaneously. If you have rodents in your home, they can also get trapped in the kitty litter and die. So, if you want to get rid of them, place the food, water, and the kitty litter in a bag and dispose of it outside the home. You can also sprinkle kitty litter around your home’s entry points to keep the critters and rodents out.
Help Repair Carpets And Other Textile Materials
Cats produce a lot of waste, containing essential nutrients and enzymes that can help clean carpets and other textiles. So, you can use kitty litter as a filler for damaged carpets and flooring anywhere from the rug to the shag area. Sprinkle the kitty litter over the area you want to fill and let it sit overnight. The next day, vacuum the site and vacuum the litter out. This method also effectively removes stains like coffee, ketchup, mustard, red wine, etc.
Help Dissolve Paint Residue
When your walls get a paint stain, or you spill red wine on your walls, you can use kitty litter to remove the residue. First, sprinkle some kitty litter over the paint stain and let it sit overnight. The following day, vacuum the kitty litter out. This method also effectively removes stains like coffee, ketchup, mustard, red wine, etc.
Make Your Garden Smell Fresh
Cats produce a lot of urine in liquid and solid waste, which have chemicals that promote plant growth. So, if you have a garden and want it to smell fresh all the time, place a few drops of kitty litter in the soil. This method also effectively removes other chemicals from the earth like pesticides, herbicides, and chemicals from automobiles and other vehicles.
Help Remove Odors From The Laundry Room
If you have a problem with the odors coming out of your laundry room, place some drops of kitty litter on the surface. The odors will stick to the kitty litter, and you can remove them with a vacuum. This method is also effective in removing the smell of wet laundry from the air.
Help Clean Your Grill
Cats sometimes vomit, containing bacteria that can ruin the grill. So, to clean the grill, use kitty litter to scrub the grill’s surface. This option is better than using chemicals as it doesn’t mess up the environment. This method is also effective in removing the food stains from the grill.
As A Substitute For Sandpaper
Kitty litter can be used as a substitute for sandpaper. This may sound strange, but it is true. Like other fine powder, Kitty litter can be used to polish hardwood flooring and furniture without any harm or damage to the wood. There are three easy steps involved in this process:
- Clean the wood with a damp cloth.
- Spread a small layer of kitty litter on the wood surface and rub gently until you see the desired result. Kitty Litter will leave a shiny finish on the wooden surface.
- Wipe off the excess kitty litter with a cloth and let it dry before using it again.
As A Deodorizer
Kitty litter is known for absorbing moisture, which is a good thing, but it also has the potential to drink bad and foul odor. If you have smelly shoes or bags and don’t want them to smell anymore, place a small bag of kitty litter inside them. The foul odor will get absorbed into the kitty litter, and there will be nothing left to stink. Kitty litter can also be used in your refrigerator, freezer, or meat drawers if they become smelly after prolonged use.
As a Fire Starter
A strange but actual fact about kitty litter is its ability to act as a fire starter when rubbed gently against itself. When dried out completely (no clumping), store it in an airtight container and pack some tightly crumpled papers on top of it to prevent the kitty litter’s ignition accidentally. You now have a ready-made fire starter for camping trips with your friends!
As An Improvised Bag Filter
When going on camping or backpacking trips, you need a way of purifying the water you take from streams, rivers, etc. One way of doing this is by using the first “bag” that comes to hand, like a shirt or a pair of jeans, and running the water through it. If you don’t have any bags, try using an old kitty litter bag. Scrunch it up loosely. Once the water passes through it, hold it upside down over a cup until all the water drips out.
You can make this cute kitty litter topiary by shaping some kitty litter into a ball, then wrapping some colorful tape around it to make stripes like shown in the picture below and placing it in a vase or container of your choice! This is a great craft idea that can be tried by both kids and adults alike!
Now that you know some of the many uses of kitty litter than before, stop using those expensive methods to get rid of odors around your home and start using these instead. You will find that these are just as effective but save you a lot more money!