7 Secret Uses for Cat Litter

Updated: Dec. 07, 2021

Surprise — cat litter can be used for more than kitty’s litter box.

Add traction on ice
Keep a bag of cat litter in the trunk of your car. Use it to add traction when you’re stuck in ice or snow.

Prevent grease fires
Don’t let a grease fire spoil your next barbecue. Pour a layer of cat litter into the bottom of your grill for worry-free outdoor cooking.
Get rid of that musty smell when you open the closet door. Just place a shallow box filled with cat litter in each musty closet or room. Cat litter works great as a deodorant.

Preserve flowers
The fragrance and beauty of freshly cut flowers is such a fleeting thing. You can’t save the smell, but you can preserve their beauty by drying your flowers on a bed of cat litter in an airtight container for 7-10 days.

Keep tents must-free
Keep tents and sleeping bags fresh smelling and free of must when not in use. Pour cat litter into an old sock, tie the end, and store inside the bag or tent.

Repel moles
Moles may hate the smell of soiled cat litter even more than you do. Pour some down their tunnels to send them scurrying to find new homes.

Make grease spots disappear
Get rid of ugly grease and oil spots in your driveway or on your garage floor. Simply cover them with cat litter. If the spots are fresh, the litter will soak up most of the oil right away. To remove old stains, pour some paint thinner on the stain before tossing on the cat litter. Wait 12 hours and then sweep clean. These are definite signs that your cat is happy!

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