Litter box cleaning hacks for the cat owner who’s tired of a smelly home

Posted: May 10, 2019 by Anita

litter box cleaning hacks

Cleaning the cat litter box is one of those horrendous chores that cat owners don’t like talking about. But secretly, we’re obsessed with our cat’s litter box.

It keeps us up at night with nightmares of smelly nasty clumps of gross litter balls that you can never seem to get rid of.  It’s like something out of a demented fairy tale of horror with you waking up in cold sweat, screaming out, “stop little litter box, stop“!

Passive-aggressively, we resent our cat every time we go near that damn litter box.

Well, no need to fear.  In this article, I discuss litter box cleaning hacks for the cat owner who’s tired of a smelly home.

litter box cleaning hacks

Start with a good litter box.

Before we get to the litter box cleaning hacks, you must have a cat litter box that is perfect for both you and your cat.  I recommend a large covered litter box; in other words, a litter box with a removable lid or top.  Cats love tossing cat litter everywhere.  Having a covered litter box will help with keeping the litter inside.

The best litter box is Catit Jumbo Cat Litter Pan.

I absolutely love the Catit Jumbo Cat litter panCheck out the price from

Amazon.com

by clicking here.

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I’ve purchased about 4 of them for my cats and my daughter’s cats.  I have not been disappointed at all with this choice.  Here’s what is awesome about the Catit Jumbo cat litter pan:

  • large enough that a cat can make a full 360 turn and be comfortable with pooping/peeing unobstructed
  • no need to take off the lid to scoop out used litter
  • leave your hands free to scoop litter by anchoring the bag to the litter box
  • comes with a filter for added odor-control
  • easy to clean cat litter box
  • this is a big litter box; it is the best litter box for multiple cats

A word about using a disposable litter box…

Maybe you don’t want to deal with the daily scooping and cleaning of your cat’s litter box.  A disposable litter box might be a better option for you.

Disposable litter boxes have come a long way.  Most are made from recycled paper and are landfill safe. Disposable litter boxes can be used in 2 ways:

  • as a standalone litter box (a great option when traveling long distance with your cat)
  • litter box liner; in lieu of a plastic litter box liner

My favorite disposable litter box is

Nature’s Miracle Disposable Cat Litter Box

.  Click here for more information on pricing from Amazon.

Looking for cute options for cat litter box enclosures?  Check out cat litter box enclosures on etsy.com by clicking here.

What about a self-cleaning litter box?

A cat litter box that is self-cleaning sounds like a dream come true, right?  For the extremely busy cat owner, a self-cleaning litter box might be a good option.

How does a self-cleaning litter box work?  Self-cleaning litter boxes use sensors to detects when your cat has used the litter box.  Once your cat has left the litter box, a raking apparatus sifts out the clumps of litter waste and drops it in a receptacle.  The receptacle then closes and alerts the cat owner that it needs to be emptied.

Pros for using a self-cleaning litter box

  • hands-free experience to the litter box upkeep
  • contains the mess and odor of cat waste
  • less tracking of litter through the house
  • perfect for the busy cat owner

Cons of using a self-cleaning litter box

  • expensive
  • noisy
  • can be hard to get your cat use it
  • not well suited for kittens

If you’re interested in checking out automatic self-cleaning litter boxes on Amazon, click here.

Start with the best cat litter for odor.

Choosing the best cat litter, along with choosing the best cat litter box, will make life so much easier for you when it comes to litter box hygiene.  There’s so much to consider when choosing the best litter for your furball. Honestly, I switch back and forth between 2 cat litters because I can’t decide which one I like best.

Currently, I’m using Arm & Hammer Platinum Easy Clean-up Clumping Cat Litter.

Here are my reasons for liking Arm & Hammer Platinum litter:

  • creates instant hard clumps that don’t break apart
  • low to almost no dust when pouring – low to no dust produced when cats are kicking litter around in litterbox
  • non-tracking – less litter being tracked through out the home

What I don’t like about Arm & Hammer Platinum:

  • there’s a weird smell upon pouring or stirring/sifting of litter

But I also like Fresh Step Multi-cat Clumping Litter with Febreze.

Here are my reasons for liking Fresh Step with Febreze:

  • love that fresh Febreze scent – no weird smell
  • hard clumping action

Here’s what I don’t like about Fresh Step:

  • sometimes the clumps break apart
  • creates too much dust
  • litter tracks everywhere

I suspect that Fresh Step is still tinkering with this formula.  Every other bag or so with be totally amazing (except for the dust) and so I’m not willing to totally give up on them yet. Keep at it Fresh Step!

Read more about choosing the right cat litter by clicking here.

How to clean a litter box

Cleaning a litter box can be messy, and a total time suck.  But a clean litter box means a happy cat and a nice clean smelling home to boot. It would be best if you cleaned your cat’s litter box every time you change out the litter.

Here’s what supplies you’ll need:

  • rubber gloves
  • 30-gallon heavy-duty trash bag – I recommend Hefty Strong Multipurpose.  Click here to buy from Amazon.
  • bucket
  • sponge
  • Palmolive or any mild smelling liquid dishwashing liquid

All of the supplies I mentioned above are optional…okay, all of them are optional.  However, using a 30-gallon heavy-duty trash bag will allow you to place the whole litter box inside the trash bag and dump it without getting litter on you, on the floor, on the cat, etc., and most importantly, the bag won’t rip.

First, you want to dump the used litter into your heavy-duty trash bag.  With a little maneuvering, you should be able to partially insert the litter box so that half of the litter box is inside the bag.

Next, tilt the litter box and dump litter into a bag.  Lastly, with soapy water, clean out the litter box; inside and out. Wipe completely dry with paper towels.

Looking for a cute way of hiding the cat litter box?  Does your cat need a little privacy while going poo in the litter box?  Check out these litter box privacy screens from DesignsByDMKeaten on etsy.com.

How often should you change cat litter?

I suggest you clean the litter box and change the cat litter out at least once a month to maintain a sanitary litter box and a no-smell zone for your home. To fill the litter box with cat litter – I recommend using enough litter to measure 4 inches from the bottom.

Be sure you always have at least 4 inches of litter in the litter box at all times.

Why use so much litter?  This will prevent clumps of smelly litter waste from sticking to the bottom of the litter box.  The clumps can be hard to remove once they get stuck to the bottom of the litter box.

How to keep litter box from smelling up the house

No one should suspect that you have a cat by the way it smells.  The smell of used cat litter has the habit of getting into everything, furniture, clothing, and yes, you.

To stop that smell from becoming your signature perfume (or cologne), here are 10 litter box cleaning hacks you can implement right away:

  1.  every time you are tempted to skip scooping out used litter, think about how your home will stink if you don’t make daily scooping a priority.
  2. Scoop out clumps and other waste in the litter box at least twice a day.  It should only take 5 minutes each  – tops.
  3. use scented automatic air fresheners such as Glade air fresheners plug-insor Febreze automatic air fresheners in each room of your home.
  4. Store litter and litter scoop not too far from the cat litter box.
  5. make it easier on yourself by using these cute little biogradable poop bags to place used litter into.
  6. keep the outside of the litter box cleaned between washing by wiping down litter box withClorox disinfecting wipes.
  7. use a cat litter mat to catch any and all stray litter.  I recommend the Gorilla Grip Original Litter Mat
  8. Use a cat litter scoop that has rounded edges at the scoop end rather than one with “spiky” edges that can break up clumps leaving little bits of used litter behind.  I recommend DuraScoop Jumbo Cat Litter Scoop
  9. Be sure to replace used litter that have been scooped out with new litter.  Keep the litter level at 4 inches to keep clumps from sinking and sticking to the bottom of the cat litter box.  This will keep the cat litter box from smelling.
  10. Sprinkle baking soda on litter after scooping out used litter to keep litter box from smelling ghastly.

Conclusion

Cleaning the cat litter box is one of those horrendous chores that cat owners don’t like talking about.  Passive-aggressively, we resent our cat every time we go near the litter box.

In this article, I discussed the litter box cleaning hacks that will keep your house from smelling like cat poo.

it’s very important that start off with a cat litter box that is perfect for both you and your cat.  I recommend the Catit Jumbo Cat Litter Pan.

Next, be sure to use good cat litter.  Choosing the best cat litter, along with choosing the best cat litter box, will make life so much easier for you when it comes to litter box hygiene.

It would be best if you cleaned your cat’s litter box every time you change out the litter.  I recommend changing out the litter and cleaning the litter box at least once a month.  Prevent clumps of smelly litter waste from sticking to the bottom of the litter box by keeping at least 4 inches of cat litter in the litter box at all times.

The smell of used cat litter has the habit of getting into everything, furniture, clothing, and yes, you.  By implementing these litter box hacks mentioned in this article, you will have a great smelling house in no time!

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