Why You Should Store Kitty Litter

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You are probably wondering why you should store kitty litter. Let me say this first, I do not have a cat. I love cats but this post is about being prepared for the unexpected.  The first thing that comes to mind when we talk about kitty litter is the cat box. Well, today we will talk about more ways to use this inexpensive storage item. I buy both plastic containers and paper bags of cat litter. I have listed a few ways below why I think we should all store some kitty litter.

So let’s get started today!

1. Remove Grease From Driveway

I must confess I am one of those chicks that sprinkle car litter in my driveway after someone leaves a grease spot from under their car. It’s who I am. Plus, I don’t want to track the grease into my house. Plus it looks junky. Oh, now I am sounding like a perfectionist. Okay, maybe I am, BUT I do not barricade my driveway like one of my neighbors so no one can even pull into their driveway. We all have quirks…LOL! Anyway, sprinkle it on, let it absorb the icky stuff, and sweep it away.

2. Snow/Ice Traction

When I used to live up north where it snowed like crazy I usually had a bag of kitty litter in my Emergency Car Kit. You can scoop some kitty litter by the wheels and, hopefully, get out of the snow. It gives you some traction to get the car moving. You can also sprinkle some on your driveway if it is icy to give a little more traction.

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3. Deodorize The Garbage Can

Put a little scoop of kitty litter in the bottom of your garbage can and it will help keep the odor a little fresher.

4. Freshen Up Shoes

You can fill some socks with some kitty litter and put the socks in your gym shoes or any other shoes that need to be deodorized. It draws the odor out.

5. Freshen Up Your Closet

Place a small container without a lid filled with kitty litter in your closet….it freshens up your closet without making everything smell like perfume. Love it!

6. Great For House Plants

Mix equal amounts of kitty litter and soil and your plants will thrive with better drainage.

7. Great For Gardens

Kitty litter is great for gardens because it loosens up the soil when added and mixed thoroughly. I have garden boxes so I usually add one bag per four foot by four-foot box.

8. Barbecue Grill

If you place a couple inches of non-fragrant kitty litter in the bottom of your charcoal grill it will help prevent grease fires from starting.

9. Musty Water Basements

If your basement has been flooded you can sprinkle some kitty litter where the water came it and it will absorb some of the musty odor.

10. Clean Up Pet Accidents

If your pet has an accident on your carpet, sprinkle some kitty litter, wait and vacuum up the residue. Make sure your vacuum can handle this. You might have to use an indoor/outdoor vacuum.

11. Emergency Toilet

I did a post about having an emergency toilet using it. Here is the link if you missed it. Emergency Toilet Set

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12. Use Regular Kitty Litter

I had an awesome reader mention we should not use the scoopable type on our driveways. It is hard to remove. Please use the old fashioned regular kitty litter on your driveways.

I hope this gives you one more way to be prepared for the unexpected.

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10 thoughts on “Why You Should Store Kitty Litter

  • September 29, 2014 at 7:49 am

    i suggest you do not use scoopable litter my daughter thought she would throw it on some ice on the sidewalk it made things worse plus it breaks down to a cement looking stuff and was tracked all over the house and was very hard to get off floors an had to get it off the walk to stop further trouble hard to do in freezing weather…..so be sure the litter you use for those things mentioned in the article is the old kind not scoopable but scoopable is what you definitely want in the cat box….

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    • September 29, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Becky, thank you for the tip about the scoopable cat litter. I am going to go change my post. Thanks for the tip. Thank you for shring my frozen veggies. I am going to go sign up for your email right now. Blessings Linda

  • September 29, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    becky is right. the old-fashioned litter is great for all these ideas. the new clumping stuff turns to a goo-like gel and is impossible to get up.

    my dad always kept kitty litter for the oil spot in the garage and cleaning up oily spills. I have 3 kitties so I always have a good supply of litter for them. I also have a bag put back to use in my emergency toilet should the need arise.

    all good ideas, as usual.:)

    • September 29, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Hi Maggi, I added the old-fashioned kitty litter. Great tips! Linda

  • December 15, 2015 at 10:27 am

    The link doesnt work for the Emergency Toilet Set

  • March 15, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    You can buy oil dry to use on your driveway for spots and on ice. It is cheaper than cat litter.

    • March 16, 2018 at 6:22 am

      Hi, Rita, I have never heard of oil dry! Thanks for the tip, I need to get some of this, great comment. Linda

  • April 18, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    I use kitty litter in a bowl lined with a garbage bag for a barf bucket when my kids are sick. It absorbs the odours and liquid and I don’t have to deal with the vomit. Just tie it and toss it in the trash!

    • April 18, 2022 at 6:30 pm

      Hi Sue, why didn’t I think of this??? I LOVE this comment, we can all use new ideas! Thank you, Linda


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