One of the biggest complaints people have about living with cats is the constant battle with litter box and litter box-related odors.
Sometimes I feel like all I do is scoop boxes, transport smelly bags of stuff to the garbage, clean boxes, scrub the floor around the litter boxes, clean up “accidents” and more. My husband said to me the other day, “Every time I see you, you’re carrying a bag of poop through the house.” He’s not far off.
There are a couple of items that are essential to helping any home reduce cat odors: a good deodorizer and a good laundry detergent.
Do you have ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda in your happy litter box arsenal? You should. I can’t believe I haven’t written about this before. This is one of the reasons I agreed to join the Arm & Hammer network and review some of their products for you….because I do use and love their products, ESPECIALLY the little orange box. I use it for so many things relating to cat clean up duty (as well as non cat stuff!)
It’s a safe, natural, gentle and effective product for cleaning, scrubbing, deodorizing, you name it. Here are some of the ways I use it:
Litter Deodorizer: A little periodic sprinkling helps keep the litter smelling fresh. Even if you’ve scooped all the “stuff” out, you’re always going to have a few little remnants. This helps.
Poop Bag Deodorizer: After I scoop the boxes into the designated poop bag, I throw a bit of Baking Soda into the bag before I close it. This helps keep the smell from making me pass out on the way to the garage and also helps keep the odor down once it’s in the garbage can. You know what I’m talking about….nothing is worse than a garbage can at the end of the week with 7 days worth of poop and pee filled bags. Gag. My garbage guys probably hate me. Cat stuff AND dirty diapers from my two year old daughter? Yep, they hate me.
Litter Box Cleaner: Baking Soda is great for scrubbing out the litter boxes when it’s time to do a complete refresh. Remember, it’s best to clean your litter boxes with unscented products. I use natural unscented dish soap and then some baking soda for the scrub.
Litter Mat Cleaner: Another area that is good to keep clean and deodorized but not with scented products. I sponge the mats around the litter boxes with some mild, unscented soap and then a fast scrub with baking soda to get any, um, skid marks, up and leave it nice and fresh.
Carpet Deodorizer: I have all wood floors but for those of you with carpeting who are constantly vacuuming up litter bits, throw some baking soda on the carpet and wait 10 minutes before you vacuum up. This helps keep your carpet fresh.
It’s such a great product for so many uses! I also use everywhere else non cat-related – to scrub my counters, at the bottom of my garbage can and bags, in my freezer and, most recently, as a purse deodorizer. I spilled a sippy cup of milk in my purse the other day and was devastated because well, even after I wiped it out, there was still wetness in the lining. It started smelling awful after a couple of days. Guess what I did? Sprinkled baking soda in the bottom of the bag and I couldn’t believe it but within a few hours, it was smelling completely fresh again. SERIOUSLY.
Okay, back to the cats. The second thing you need to keep your home from smelling “kitty” is a good laundry detergent. Arm & Hammer has you covered there too. I tried ARM & HAMMER™ Ultra Power 4X Liquid Laundry Detergent. This detergent is ultra-concentrated and packed with two scoops of baking soda to get laundry whiter and fresher than other detergents, per load.
Romeo, my problem kitty, peed on the bed last week. I know you are all cringing like I did. That’s THE WORST. Luckily I have a mattress pad on my bed so it saved the mattress but the sheets still smelled awful. I have a super sniffer and can smell cat urine a mile away. The Ultra Power 4X detergent did the job on my cat pee sheets. No cat smell, only the nice fresh detergent smell. Awesome.
CAVEAT, since I’m talking to a bunch of cat people….I’m talking about no smell to ME. Romeo, like your cats, can probably still smell his own glorious pee smell on anything he’s visited in the past. So far, he has not decided to stink up my sheets again and I am hoping it was a one-time thing due to some changes in the house I don’t think he liked (another story for another day) but he’s been to the vet and all is well.
Readers, what have you found to help with cat odors?
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