Kitty Litter: Frugal Uses for Clay Litter that
Go Beyond the Cat Box
Kitty litter is handy for all sorts of things
that have nothing to do with cats. Clumping litter and the cheap, non-clumping clay
litter absorb both odors and liquids. Here are some uses for it.
Frugal uses for kitty litter:
- Freshen Stinky Shoes -- Take a couple of old socks. Put
about a half cup of fresh kitty litter into each one. Tie the tops shut or put
rubber bands around the top to keep them shut. Stick one of the socks into each
shoe. Let them sit overnight. The litter should absorb the moisture and odor.
Pop the socks into the shoes whenever you aren't wearing them and they should
continue to smell fresh.
- Prevent Grilling Grease Fires -- Spread a layer of regular
clay litter inside your BBQ grill. It absorbs grease that drips out as you
- Clean-up Spilled Oil -- Generously sprinkle spilled oil with
regular clay cat litter. Let it sit for a bit and then sweep it up. You may
need to repeat a few times.
- Preserve Cut Flowers -- Place your cut flowers on a thick
layer of cat litter. Gently fill in around them with clay litter, covering the
flowers. Leave it sit for a few days to dry, then gently remove the preserved
- Provide Traction on Ice -- A sprinkle of regular clay litter
on icy sidewalks provides a bit of traction. It's also a good idea to keep a
bag in your vehicle. If you get stuck, it may provide enough traction to help
you get out.
- Prevent Mold and Mildew -- Put out containers of cat litter
to take the moister out of the air in closets, store rooms, and camping
- Keep Closed Spaces Fresh -- Suitcases, file drawers, dresser
drawers, storage trunks and other small spaces won't get that musty smell if
you keep them dry. Here again, kitty litter's absorbency does the trick.
- Save Wet Electronics -- No guarantee that this will work,
but it's a suggested way to save your wet cell phone, mp3 player, iPad,
notebook, or other electronic device. You've probably heard that you can dry
your electronics out by submerging them in dry rice. Clumping cat litter can
work even better. Dry the device off as much as you can. Slip it into a sock or
pillow case and tie (or rubber band) the top shut. You want to use something
fabric that will breath, but that will keep the cat litter from actually
touching the device. Put the fabric protected device into the middle of a bag
of clean litter. Or, pour a two or three inch layer of the clean litter into a
container, place the cloth protected device on top, and cover with another
couple inches of litter. Either way, leave it for a couple of days and then
check it. If you see any moisture on the screen, do not turn the device on.
Instead, return it to the litter and let it dry for another day or so.
- Better Gardening -- If your soil is too sandy and won't hold
water, clay litter can help. Just mix some in before planting. Some sources say
to do a 50/50 mix with good garden soil regular clay litter to keep moisture at
the plants roots.
- Linen Closet Sachet -- Fill a sachet bag with plain or
scented litter and hang in your linen closet. While you are at it, tuck one
into your sleeping bag. If you don't have sachet bags, an old sock will work
just fine -- but it won't look as pretty.
And finally, here's a use for soiled cat litter…
- Get Rid of Moles -- Dump used cat litter down mole holes.
They don't like the smell, either, and will leave.
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