Clean litter box hacks! Keep cat litter box from smelly|Lady N

Keeping cat litter box clean is very important, as it helps prevent bacteria growth and unpleasant odors, and can also reduce urinary problems caused by cats holding in their urine. A clean litter box not only keeps the cat healthy but also makes life more comfortable and enjoyable.

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Daily litter box cleaning hack

How to deep clean litter box

Litter box smells even after cleaning?

In this article, we will share the tips on “Daily Litter Box Cleaning” and  “How to Deep Clean Litter Box”. The last paragraph will also address FAQs related to litter box maintenance.

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Clean litter box hack! odor-free.

Cleaning the litter box is essential to prevent odors and to keep your cat away from urinary problems. Don’t overlook the daily cleaning routine!

How Often to clean litter box?

No matter how many cats you have, it’s recommended to clean the litter box at least once a day. The best frequency is 2 to 3 times daily.

Suggested timings include morning, evening, and before bedtime (Based on how many cats and their waste). Regular cleaning also encourages cats to use the litter box, preventing the inappropriate urination.

Litter Box Cleaning Steps and Tips

If you’re concerned about touching cat litter or waste during cleaning litter box, consider wearing disposable gloves.

Single-Layer Cat Litter Boxes

The suitable cat litter for single-layer litter boxes includes clumping litters such as clay litter, tofu litter, corn litter, etc. Follow these steps for cleaning:

STEP 1 | Scoop out Cat Waste
Use a cat litter scoop to remove clumped urine and feces.

STEP 2 | Add Fresh Cat Litter
Clearing waste reduces the amount of cat litter. It’s recommended to add clean cat litter, maintaining the litter height at around 3 inch.

# Note: If cat litter is insufficient, the litter may not fully absorb urine, leading to stickiness and difficulties in cleaning!

STEP 3 | Dispose of Used Cat Litter
Throw used cat litter into a plastic bag, tie it tightly, and then place it in a covered trash bin to prevent odors and growth of worms.

Q: Why can tofu litter be flushed down the toilet? 
Tofu litter is made of biodegradable materials that dissolve in water, making it convenient for flushing down the toilet.

However, it’s advisable to flush it in smaller quantities rather than all at once.

【For Double-Layer Cat Litter Boxes】

The suitable cat litter for double-layer litter boxes includes non-clumping cat litter such as crystal litter and wood litter. Follow these steps for cleaning:

STEP 1 | Scoop out Waste from the Top Layer
Cat litter that absorbs urine will disintegrate into small particles and fall to the second layer.

STEP 2 | Gently Shake the First Layer Box
Allow the disintegrated small particles of cat litter from the first layer to completely fall into the second layer, facilitating a more thorough cleaning.

STEP 3 | Clean the Second Layer Box
Dispose of the disintegrated cat litter or any waste that hasn’t been absorbed by the top layer directly into a plastic bag. Tie it tightly and then place it in a covered trash bin.

You can also use a urine pad to absorb excess urine and replace it regularly to prevent the bottom of the box from becoming smelly.

How to Deep Clean Litter Box?


How to Deep Clean Litter Box?

Prolonged use of cat litter can result in stubborn clumps and sticky waste that are challenging to clean. Therefore, deep cleaning routine is crucial.

How often to deep clean litter box?

It is recommended to replace all the old litter and thoroughly clean the litter box every 1-2 months. Scrubbing the litter box helps reach areas difficult to clean with a scoop.

Steps to Deep Clean Litter Box

STEP 1 | Empty the Litter Box
Pour out the old litter with clumps into a garbage bag for easy cleaning of the bottom of the litter box.

STEP 2 | Wash the Litter Box
If the litter box doesn’t have tickiness or dirt, soaking and scrubbing with warm water may suffice. For more soiled boxes, use a mild, odorless, neutral cleaner. Be cautious not to scrub too hard to avoid scratches which make it easier for dirt and odor to accumulate.

✅ Recommended Cleaners: Odorless, non-corrosive neutral cleaners, baking soda.

❌ Avoid Using: Alcohol, bleach, ammonia-based cleaners, scented cleaners. Such cleaners may corrode the litter box or leave undesirable scents that could lead to cats avoiding the box and urinating elsewhere.

STEP 3 | Air Dry the Litter Box
Allow the litter box to air dry, ensuring no residual cleaner odors. You can also spray protective products on the box to prevent future scratches and litter adhesion.

What if the litter box still smells even after deep clean litterbox?


Litter box smells even after cleaning?


If your litter box has accumulated scratches, urine stains, and waste, deep cleaning might not be sufficient. Consider adding baking soda to neutralize odors before adding cat litter.

Alternatively, use litter box maintenance products to prevent further scratches and continuous dirt buildup.


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Clean litter box not only contributes to your cat’s health but also enhances the comfort of your home. Remember to check the condition of the litter box regularly.


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