Odor-Free Cat Living

My litter box savior
My litter box savior

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.

ULTRAOkay, 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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118 Comments

  1. I have 8 rescues (some special needs) and without Arm & Hammer products (especially the double duty litter) I could NEVER keep my home clean smelling…so whether i win or not, thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart for your products…because of them i am able to help these poor guys.

  2. I use arm and Hammer for my laundry detergent, for baking soda and all it’s many uses, and I recently started using A&H double duty kitty litter. Good stuff and Great price! This giveaway would be so heaven sent. It’s been rough fostering cats and having two of my own but I just can’t turn kitties away from being saved. Arm and Hammer has been there for me on a tight budget.
    Good luck everyone!

    • I too use the soda for laundry. It acts as a wonderful water softener in very hard water. It boosts the cleaning action of the detergent. I get it at Costco in the baking department in the large orange bag. It is 7 pounds and about $6 and change. Works great for soft, fresh laundry.

  3. I use Arm & Hammer baking soda to deodorize our litter box and in our laundry to help keep our towels smelling good.

  4. I don’t know what I did before Arm & Hammer litter. It clumps the best, it doesn’t smell like cat pee/poo, and my cats like it. I’m also a big fan of Arm & Hammer baking soda. I use it in my wash, to keep my drains clear and stink free, and to clean in general. What a life safer it can be!

  5. I switched to The World’s Best Cat Litter – and I can’t believe I waited so long. It’s expensive, yes, but it has reduced my litter box odors by at least 80%. And it lasts much longer than the bag says, and with 11 litter boxes, trust me, I’m going to stretch it as far as it can go! I made the switch gradually – not all of the cats are fans of it, but they’re learning to accept it. As for the baking soda? I use it to clean coffee and tea stains in my cups. It also makes a great cat pee cleaner when mixed with peroxide and a few drops of dish soap – but it will fade carpets and other materials over time. Best used on non-porous surfaces.

  6. My favorite way to keep that irritating cat pee smell out of my home is by shaking baking soda in the litter boxes after I clean them. It really works!!

  7. What I do with my “household” (4 boys, 1 little girl) of pussycats, and their 2 litterboxes is always put a thin layer of Arm & Hammer baking soda on the bottoms of the boxes when I clean them out once a week. I scoop every morning, and I have found this really does work! People have commented that they can’t believe we have 4 cats because there is no odor at all.

  8. I use baking soda to deodorize our fridge and the litterbox. We also use it for our pool to keep it balanced.

  9. I mix baking soda with a few drops of essential oil and sprinkle on the carpets before vacuuming to control smells!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  10. We use A&H baking soda in our cats litter box. My husband, whose a truck mechanic, gets really smelly clothes from oil and we add A & H baking soda into the wash to help with the smell.

  11. I use baking soda for cleaning/deodorizing the refrigerator, mixed with a little water and used to clean our countertops & stove, toss a little in each trash bin, in each laundry load.

    I do use baking soda to help keep the litter box odor under control, along with cleaning it every other day.

  12. I use only Arm & Hammer Cat Litter so keeps our home cat smell free!
    We scoop daily since we have two cats.
    Thank you.

  13. I like Arm and Hammer baking soda for the container I place the contents of the litter box in after cleaning… also sometimes mix with the litter.. a little extra never hurts.

  14. I use baking soda in the fridge and the bathrooms to keep everything fresh. I also use it for cleaning combined with vinegar

  15. I love using it for cleaning the bathroom, keeping the fridge smelling fresh and other DIY uses (sometimes I have used it with other items to unclog the sink)

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  16. We use it for a ton of things. We use it in our Refrigerator to keep it smelling fresh. We also use it on all dirty dishes before washing.

  17. I used pure baking soda in a variety of ways around the home but my favorite is mixing it with vinegar to create a paste to clean grout.

  18. We use baking soda in so many ways! We use it in the fridge to control odors, for cleaning the cutting boards and cooktop and in baking, of course, but I also make a face scrub and toothpaste with it.

  19. I use baking soda for baking, scouring, laundry, fridge, shoes, the list goes on and on. To reduce kitty litter odors I scoop twice a day (minimum) and sprinkle on Arm and Hammer litter deodorizer every other day.

  20. I use Arm & Hammer litter for my cat. I also sprinkle baking soda in the litter, and I change it often to keep the odor away.

  21. I use different litters for my cats box but I always add Arm & Hammer added to it. I use it even when I just do a quick clean on the litter box.

  22. We use baking soda in our fridge/freezer and in our basement to keep the moist odors down!

    rachelmarietravis at gmail.com

  23. My favorite way to keep cat smell under control in my home is to use Arm & Hammer “Long Last” cat litter. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. We use Arm & Hammer Baking Soda many ways. I use it in my Chocolate Chip Cookie and Oatmeal Cookie recipes. I have a box in the fridg. I use it down the drains and in the washer to keep them from smelling. I also add just a bit to the Arm and Hammer Cat Litter between dumpings.

    Ladyblueeyez1960 (at)(aol)(dot)(com)

  25. My favorite way to keep the cat smell down. .I use Arm and Hammer Cat Litter. Itis the only brand we use. Because it is the only brand that controls the cat odor. We do Arm and Hammer Baking soda after scooping between dumpings. With 5 cats it give the litter an extra boost of freshness.

    Ladyblueeyez1960 (at)(aol)(dot)(com)

  26. I use baking soda for baking.
    To keep cat odors under control I use a clumping litter and scoop it daily.

  27. I love using baking soda and a moist rag to clean my glass cooktop – works as well as the expensive, not environmentally kind cleaner!

  28. I use baking soda everytime I wash out the litter box. I find regular scooping (and using a quality litter) are helpful.

  29. I use baking soda all over the house including in the litter pans and in the washer for my clothes and for cat’s bedding. I also sprinkle on the carpets to freshen up the smell and I use it with water to clean the litter pans weekly

  30. I sprinkle it on my carpets and let it set a bit before vacuuming. It really seems to help. We have 5 cats and whenever we have guests I sometimes hear how they wouldn’t guess we had that many cats because it doesn’t smell like animals lol.
    sellcrystal2 at yahoo dot com

  31. This one’s for us because we have 7 cats indoors (9 room house). We already use their litter and it’s fantastic.

  32. I use Arm & Hammer baking soda for so many things around the house; to deodorize the fridge, clean the drains, whiten our teeth, freshen the rugs that our dogs use and of course for the litter box. With three cats and two dogs it gets used a lot in our home.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  33. I use it in the fridge.
    Thanks for the chance.
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  34. We use baking soda all over the house! We always a box in the fridge and sprinkle some in the trash can to eliminate food odors in the house. Honestly, we use it anywhere there might be odors. It keeps the house smelling clean for minimal cost! Love how effective it is at removing odors!

  35. We use baking soda in the kitchen and fridge and also for brushing our teeth. Have never tried it for the litter box or their litter but would love to! We try to keep the litter boxes cleaned out every day, we have four boxes and it’s a big job lol

  36. I sprinkle Arm & Hammer baking soda on the carpet and furniture and leave for a few minutes before vacuuming to control pet odors.

  37. I use baking soda in my fridge to control odor and also in my laundry. My husband is a mechanic and it helps with stains and grease/oil odors also.

  38. I use it to clean my oven by making a paste and rubbing it on burnt on food – takes it right off
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  39. I use Arm&Hammer baking soda in my laundry detergent to keep clothes fresh. I also sprinkle it over the litter box regularly. We have three cats, so my best tip for keeping down the odor is to force your children to scoop continually throughout the day!!

  40. We use baking soda in the fridge and also in the bottom of the litter box.I also found out last week that it puts out grease fires in the oven.Thanks!
    lstanziani(at)yahoo(dot)com

  41. We use baking soda for general cleaning. I love to know it’s cleaning naturally without the harsh chemicals. Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. Great post. Thanks for the tips on litterbox duty.
    I like the rug freshener Arm & Hammer makes. Just sprinkle it on, wait a few minutes, and vacuum.

    My favorite way to keep the smell under control is scoop often. (…and resist the urge to add just one more kitty to the crew!)

  43. I like to use Arm & Hammer to cook with, add to my toothpaste, add to the cat litter and set a box in my fridge.

  44. I use baking soda a lot in household cleaning, particularly for toothbrushes, stains on countertops, and stubborn laundry stains as well.

  45. In addition to using a box to keep my fridge smelling nice, I add a little water to baking soda and use it to exfoliate my skin 🙂

  46. I use Arm & Hammer Baking Soda to help keep the cat smell odor under control. We have two cat boxes and I clean them everyday. I then sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of the cat boxes before refilling them.

  47. I use the Arm and Hammer pet carpet freshener on my carpet before vacuuming and I sprinkle in the litter box a couple of times a week after I scoop to keep it fresh.

  48. I use baking soda along with vinegar to clean and deodorize my drain, keep it in my fridge to control odors and occasionally mix with water to relieve indigestion.

  49. i keep a box of baking soda in the refrigerator to keep it smelling clean and fresh with all the peppers and onions in it

  50. I actually use the Arm & Hammer Double Duty cat liter for my boy. It is the only one that I have found that really works to squash the odor after he uses the liter box.

  51. I use baking soda in the litter box to absorb and neutralize cat odor. I also use baking soda to clean my house which leaves my house cleaned naturally and smelling fresh.

  52. I use baking powder in the fridge to keep food fresh..I use Arm and Hammer for cat litter and clean it out once a day to keep house smelling fresh

  53. I will use it in the catbox to control the smells. Usually sprinkle on top of litter and sort of mix it in. Works really well!

    Also keep an open box in the fridge to control odors

  54. Have been doing feline rescue for about 30 years and would love to have an air purifier for all the cats and me! As of now even with several litter pans which are changed daily if I smell something, I scoop!!!!
    Thank you.

  55. I was a nervous wreck…my husband’s boss was coming to our big Holiday party. You know I wanted to make everything more perfect than usual. The day came and the house looked festive, the food was on the table and guest were milling around nibbling from the buffet table….when “that odor” drifted into the dining area. I could smell it…and I prayed no one else noticed….yet. As I ran toward the litter box realizing what had occurred, the boss’s wife passed by and said, “it appears that one of Your Friends has defecated in your cat’s litter box”. Apparently she followed the odor (groan) and saw what appeared to be a deposit from an adult human sitting uncovered on the litter. I knew it was really My cat who actually made the Large deposit and hurriedly scooped it up and ran outside in the cold to the trash can. I considered running to tell her that it was really my cat and not a party attendee, but the embarrassment was just too great and I pretended it just didn’t happen. This does happen quite frequently with my almost 14 year old kitty, and I look forward to trying the Arm & Hammer Double Duty.

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