Southern Mom Loves: Alternate Uses for Cat Litter + a No Sew, No Glue DIY Cat Bed Tutorial Video!

Alternate Uses for Cat Litter + a No Sew, No Glue DIY Cat Bed Tutorial Video!

Monday, April 4, 2016

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I am definitely a cat person, but I refrained from getting a cat as an adult for the longest time. Why? The dreaded litter box. The idea of having poop anywhere except the bathroom gave me the heebs, but even worse was thinking about the smell that might linger when guests came over. All of that went out the window when I saw a tiny baby kitty in need. I was keeping her no matter what, but that doesn't mean I have to deal with litter box smells.

My kitty is now the Queen at our house, and her "throne" can be anything but appealing, so my litter has to be the best at odor control. I'm currently using a great one, and not only can you use it to deodorize your kitty's box, you can use it to deodorize other things too. Keep reading to find out some alternate deodorizing uses for cat litter, and also a bonus no sew, no glue DIY cat bed tutorial video!

Kitty litter is not just for cats, it has myriad uses around the home and I'll show you some of my favorite deodorizing tips using cat litter.

#1 Deodorizing sweaty sneakers. Scoop about a cup of cat litter into a sock (you can stretch it around a cup or jar to make filling easier), tie a knot in it and stick it inside your gym shoes. The litter will absorb any odors and leave a clean, fresh scent.

#2 Deodorizing the trash can. You can pour a scoop of cat litter inside of the trash can to ward off any food odors that might crop up. If you know it's seafood night, you can keep your kitchen trash from smelling like a wharf by using cat litter!

#3 Deodorizing non-washables. Have you ever bought items from a yard sale or second-hand shop, only to bring them home and notice they stink? I find this most often with books that smell like cigarette smoke. You can easily deodorize those items by sealing them up in a box with a layer of cat litter in the bottom. Leave them for a few days and you'll notice that the smell is totally gone. Neat, huh?

I'm using Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze. This stuff is the bomb, y'all. Not only does it smell great (lemongrass citrus), but it has the odor-controlling power of Febreze.

You can only get it from Sam's Club and it comes in a 42 lb. bag, which will save you a TON on the cost of litter. I paid less for this huge bag at Sam's Club than I did for half that amount of litter at my grocery store. The bag has a zip top, so you can reseal it and don't have to worry about spills, and it has a stretchy handle on the back to help you carry it.

Their litter includes Borate Technology for superior ammonia control. It acts as an antimicrobial agent to inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria. When my kitty isn't drinking enough water, her urine is super-strong smelling. This litter is great for that, and it has a money-back guarantee, so if it doesn't work for your cat, you can always get a refund.

They also have a Paw Points Rewards Program, so you can use your purchasing power to help cat shelters and rescues around the country. On top of that, you can get coupons and free toys for your kitty. Pretty sweet! Check out the Paw Points program on the Fresh Step site.

Fresh Step was generous enough to provide me with $100 to donate to the pet shelter of my choice. I chose the Humane Society shelter in my area. We get a lot of strays and I do my best to find homes for the sweet kitties that come my way, but when I can't, I know that the Humane Society will take care of them. The Humane Society is a no-kill shelter, which is not true of most city-run shelters, so ask before you drop a stray off!

If you're a member of Sam's Club, you can find Fresh Step Total Control with the power of Febreze in the Pet Care aisle. They'll be having a special in the May Instant Savings Book ($3.50 off at Sam’s Club 5/11-6/5) so it's the perfect time to stock up and ban the stinky box! You can also find it online here.

And now I want to show you a fun, crafty, no sew, no glue pet bed for your furbaby! It is so easy to make and you just have to know how to use a pair of scissors! You can find the tutorials for the toys shown above here.

Aaaaaaand she likes it!

If you're a Sam's Club shopper, stop by the Pet Care aisle and ban the stinky box!


What are some other things you can use cat litter for? Will you be making this pet bed? I love to read your comments!

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