When it comes to kitty litter, cat owners know a thing or two. But did you know there are a bunch of smart uses for your favorite super-absorbent product outside of the litter box? From preventing trash spills to keeping house plants healthy, cat litter’s many uses may surprise you.
Keep scrolling for 10 uses for cat litter everyone should know about!
Cat Litter Vase
Ensure a Vase Stays Upright
The bouquet you’ve set up in your living room looks gorgeous. Only the blooms are so top-heavy, the vase won’t stay up! The solution: Remove the flowers and dump out the water. Add a handful of kitty litter to a small sealable bag and place in the bottom of the vase before refilling with water and the bouquet. The litter’s heavy weight will keep the vase upright.
Cat Litter Garden Hack
Banish Yard Pests in a Blink
If destructive moles are digging holes in your lawn or garden, keep them away with kitty litter. Simply pour the litter around and down the entrance of every hole or tunnel you can find. Since rodents don’t like the texture or scent of litter, they’ll find somewhere else to call home.
Cat Litter Trash Can
Keep a Trash Can Mess-Free
Yuck! The last time you pulled the trash bag out of your kitchen garbage can, you discovered something had been leaking out of the bottom. To sidestep this drippy mess in the future, spread a layer of kitty litter on the bottom of the can before adding the bag. (Replace monthly.) The litter will absorb liquids while its baking soda will nix unpleasant odors.
Kitty Litter Cat Toy
Entertain Kitty for Hours
On days your sweet kitty is feeling a bit restless, add a little fun to her day by creating an easy cat toy. To do: Fill an empty childproof medicine bottle with 2 Tbs.of kitty litter and twist closed. Fluffy will love the sound of the rattling litter and have a blast batting the bottle around the house.
Cat Litter Windshield
Fog-Proof Car Windows
No need to slow down your morning commute by having to remove condensation from your windshield. The save: Fill a long sock with litter and tie closed, then place on your dashboard at night. The absorbent litter will soak up moisture in the air, ensuring your window will be clear come morning.
Cat Litter Musty Books
Deodorize an Old Book Effortlessly
You can’t wait to dive into the vintage book you snagged at a flea market, but it smells musty. To nix the odor, place the book in a container with a cup of litter, cover with a lid and leave overnight. The litter crystals will soak up the moisture causing the musty odor.
Cat Litter Weights
Get Toned Without Spending a Dime
The new fitness DVD you borrowed from your sister calls for hand weights, and you don’t have any! No problem. Simply use a funnel to pour kitty litter into two 16 oz.water bottles (filling to the top) and then seal shut. The 2-pound weights will be perfect for strengthening exercises to tone and sculpt arm and shoulder muscles in no time.
Cat Litter Wet Shoes Sneakers
Dry Rain-Soaked Sneakers
After getting caught in a rainstorm during your daily walk, your sneakers are now soaked. To dry them out, fill two old socks (or the feet cut off of a pair of pantyhose) with kitty litter, and secure closed with a rubber band. Then place one of the “sachets” in each sneaker and leave in place overnight. All of the excess water will seep into the absorbent litter, leaving the shoes dry and fresh by morning.
Cat Litter Oil Spot
Soak Up Driveway Oil Spills with Ease
Your husband just left to go grab some milk from the store when you notice his car left behind a wet spot of oil on the pavement. To keep it from staining your driveway, cover the area with a thin layer of kitty litter and let it sit until the next day. This will allow the litter to soak up the unwanted liquid so you can just sweep up the mess in the morning. No scrubbing required!
Cat Litter House Plant
Help Keep Indoor Plants Healthy
With the air in your house getting drier this time of year, you worry the new plants you bought will be extra thirsty even with regular waterings. What can help: Pot them with equal parts kitty litter (non-clumping) and soil. Since kitty litter holds on to water better than soil, it will slowly release the liquid as your plants need it. With just the right amount of dampness, you can skip constant waterings to keep them thriving.
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.
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