13 Secret Uses for Cat Litter: Thinking Outside the Box

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Cat litter is a necessity for people who live with cats. However, it’s not just the litter box that is good for kittens. There are various methods you can use around the house (and outdoors) to improve your quality of life in some way. Here are some interesting cat litter hacks you should know about.

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13 secret ways to use cat litter

1. refresh your shoes

Just like kitty litter keeps your litter box fresh, it can also keep your shoes fresh. Sand absorbs moisture and helps remove unpleasant odors to the nose.

To get new shoes, get some knee-length nylons or cut the legs out of old pantyhose. Next, fill the nylon with about 1 cup of cat litter and tie the ends together to prevent the litter from falling out. After creating two “shoe inserts”, he inserts one into each shoe he wants to refresh. Leaving the debris in your shoes overnight should leave you with dry shoes that won’t hurt your nose when you take them off and put them on.

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2. keep pests away

The smell of kitty litter is generally not offensive to people or household pets, but it deters pests such as mice and moles. They dislike both the feel and smell of kitty litter, so you can keep cat litter out of your home. Simply pour the trash into the tunnels and holes used by rats and moles. Lay a lot of trash on the walls of your basement as well. This will help prevent these pests from taking up permanent residence indoors.


3. save your smartphone

You’ve probably heard that dropping your smartphone in water and then soaking it in rice will dry out the inside and make it work again. This process seems to work well for many people.

It turns out that cat litter is even more effective at absorbing moisture that gets into your smartphone. To save your phone after it’s been soaked in water, protect it with an old sock (so no debris gets inside) and place the sock in a bag of cat litter. Leave the phone there for at least two days. Once all the moisture appears to have been absorbed, turn it on and test.

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Four. Breathing new life into used items

Storing old clothes, books, stuffed animals, and other items in your garage or self-storage unit can lead to mold growth. It may be difficult to sell these items at a garage sale or resale store. Fortunately, with the help of cat litter, you can refresh the old one and make it ready for sale.

To do this, fill the bottom of a large plastic storage box with cat litter (at least 2 inches worth) and place the new item in a single layer on top. Cover the storage box and leave everything inside for at least 24 hours. When you take it out of the bin afterwards, everything should smell fresh and new.


Five. Maintenance of seasonal items

Using cat litter, you can keep seasonal clothing and accessories fresh all year round so you don’t have to wash or replace them when you want to use them again. This can be done by making a “cat litter bag.” Simply fill an old sock with about 1 cup of cat litter and tie the ends to create a bag. Include a bag or two along with a suitcase full of tents, winter sweaters, coolers, and swimsuits.

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6. Dispose of unused paint safely

It is not safe and often not legal to pour unused paint onto the ground or down a drain. Unused paint can leak and be dangerous, so it cannot be thrown away. Fortunately, you can turn unused paint into solid waste by mixing it with cat litter. Mix a handful or two of cat litter into the paint and leave uncovered overnight until all the liquid is absorbed, adding more litter as needed throughout the day. At this point, you can dispose of it or recycle it, depending on your county’s guidelines.


7. keep the trash can fresh

You can easily keep your trash can smelling fresh by sprinkling a small amount of cat litter (2-3 tablespoons is a good amount) in the bottom of each can. You can put a garbage bag over it, put sand in the bottom, change it a few times, and then replace it.

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8. absorbs nasty spills

Cat litter is great for removing nasty stains that are nearly impossible to clean with soap and water, such as oil and grease spills. Approximately 10 pounds of cat litter can soak up a gallon of spilled liquid. The fresher the spill, the more effective the cat litter will be. Sprinkle the spill liberally with your favorite cat litter and let it soak up everything for a few hours. All that’s left to do is clean up the trash.


9. Unstuck a vehicle

If you’re very lucky, you’ve probably never gotten stuck in mud, ice, or snow while driving. Unfortunately, many people have experienced it and if they didn’t know about this cat litter trick, they would have a terrible experience. Cat litter is a great way to give your tires traction so they can get you out of “sticky” situations.

So if you know you’ll be driving in the snow after everything freezes or in slushy conditions, it’s a good idea to keep a bag of cat litter in the trunk of your car. If you get stuck, simply placing a handful or two of trash under the stuck tire should be enough to get you out and back on the road.

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Ten. Keep gardening soil moist

If the soil in your garden stays moist, you won’t need to water as often. When the soil dries out, you will need to water your garden more often. Whether you’re maintaining an in-ground or potted garden, flowers or edible plants, you can use cat litter to keep the soil moist between waterings.

For this to work, the cat litter must not be caked. Otherwise, the ability of water to penetrate into the soil will be inhibited. Make the base by mixing equal amounts of clay cat litter and gardening soil. You can put this mixture into new pots and gardens, or you can start incorporating the mixture into already established gardens before each planting cycle and continue until you have a soil mix of about 50/50 .


11. use it for crafts

Cat litter is a great filler for craft projects because it’s cost-effective and has a long shelf life. Before placing flowers, you can fill the bottom of the vase with clay cat litter to reduce the chance of the vase tipping over. You can refill stuffed animals or fill your child’s beanbag with natural litter. You can also use sand in place of sand for projects like boats in jars and zen gardens. Options are limited only by your imagination.

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12. Reduces ashtray odor

Anyone who has ashtrays around their house knows how smelly they can be. It can also be offensive to visitors who don’t use the ashtray. Simply place a thin layer of cat litter at the bottom of the ashtray to reduce odors. The cat litter absorbs odors while you use the ashtray and long after you use it, helping to keep your entire home smelling fresh.


13. fill small holes

Whether you have a small hole in your gravel driveway or you notice a depression in your beautifully landscaped backyard, you can solve the problem economically by filling it with natural clay cat litter. If you’re filling in holes or depressions in areas of your garden that aren’t often visited by people, you can also drop off used kitty litter to fill in any discrepancies. Cat litter is great for filling in uneven spots before sowing your new lawn.

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conclusion

Aside from being used as litter box filler, kitty litter has many great uses. Whether you have a cat or not, it’s a good idea to stock up on cat litter when you see it on sale. You never know when you’ll need it.


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