No More Stink: Keep Your Cat’s Litter Box Fresh and Clean
It’s every cat owner’s pet peeve: a smelly litter box. Sure, you probably scoop the cat box daily to avoid that gross odor from permeating the rest of your house, but the stench can still linger. But don’t fret: there are a number of affordable and easy tips you can follow to eliminate that unwelcome funk from your home.
First, figure out if the cat litter you purchase is scented. There are all sorts of cat litter varieties that feature a variety of scents. It could be that the scent of the litter you buy is contributing to the smell. Try out different brands to see which scent is best, or you can opt for unscented litter.
Check and see if the heat in your home is affecting the smell of the litter box. Heat can amplify unpleasant odors, so it’s a good idea to keep the litter box in a cool, dry room. Keep it in your basement, downstairs or in the coldest room of your home.
Wash the litter box regularly. It’s messy and a hassle, but it beats living in a house that reeks of rancid cat litter. Make it a point to completely dump out the dirty litter and then give the box a thorough wash with hot water, bleach and soap every week. Dry the box and then wipe it with a generous amount of white vinegar. Vinegar is especially effective at eating up the dirty cat litter smell. Once you’re done giving the box a vinegar wipe, line it with newspaper, then pour in fresh litter. The paper will absorb any leftover vinegar and will prevent any soiled litter from sticking to the box.
It’s also a good idea to leave a dish of white vinegar near the litter box too. It can help neutralize odors caused by dirty litter. Cats won’t mess with vinegar because of its strong smell, but if you’re worried, you can always leave the dish on a high shelf or platform that your cat can’t reach.
Periodically sprinkle some baking soda over the litter. It has an excellent deodorizing effect, so it’s perfect for minimizing the smell that dirty cat litter can cause. For maximum effect, pour an entire box of baking soda into the litter.
It’s also important to dispose of dirty cat litter immediately. Scoop your cat’s litter box at least once a day, more often if you have multiple cats. Many times, if you scoop the dirty litter into a trashcan and just leave it in the room, that contributes to the bad smell. Be sure to empty the trash every couple of days, so the used litter smell doesn’t linger. You may have to empty the litter trash can more frequently, depending on how many cats you have and how often they use the litter box.
Be sure to replace your litter box when necessary. Many cat owners will keep the same litter box, never wash or replace it, and then wonder why it smells so bad. If you make it a point to replace your cat box every few months, you’ll notice a vast improvement in how your home smells. Regularly washing the litter box extends its life, and you can use it for much longer. But if it’s time for a replacement, there are many affordable cat litter boxes that are available.
So the next time you notice your cat’s litter box is stinking up the house, employ these techniques. If you consistently maintain a clean litter box, your home won’t be known as the one that always smells like kitty litter anymore. And that’s a definite plus!