Homemade Cleaner for Cat Litter Box

by Michelle on June 14, 2009

While I love my sweet (and sometimes naughty) kitties, there are days that I just want to throw their litter box right out of the house. I’m sure that any cat owner can relate to the constant maintenance required and the difficulty in trying to keep it clean. Luckily, there’s a natural cleaner┬áto help ensure the box is kept “fresh” during routine litter changes.

All you need to make the cleaner is water, white vinegar, and a lemon. After you have disposed of any old litter, mix three parts water with one part vinegar in a spray bottle. Squeeze one or two tablespoons of juice from the lemon and add it to the spray bottle. Shake up your new homemade cleaner and then spray the bottom and sides of the box as necessary.

Use a stiff bristle brush to scrub and remove anything icky from the litter box, then give the whole thing a good rinse. Make sure to let the box dry thoroughly before pouring in your new litter. This should help to keep the box cleaner and fresh-smelling for a longer period of time.

And dog-owners don’t worry, I will be having a canine-friendly post for you later this week. :)

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Sabrina Khan June 10, 2011 at 10:42 am

Hi! I have been using a water & vinegar solution to clean for some time now, (50/50 mix) however without lemon. I don’t know if the lemon, and acid, would make a difference, but… I just went to clean my litter box and made some chlorine gas instead!

I gave it a good spritz and let it sit a couple of minutes, only to notice that it was “smoking” when I came back to scrub. I know you create chlorine gas when mixing ammonia and bleach, and after some googling, it appears that the ammonia (alkaline) in cat urine and vinegar (acid) can do the same thing.

Would the solution be to scrub with soap & water, then use the spray to disinfect? My cats are too old to toilet train…

Just thought I’d mention it so others can learn from my mistake and not be seriously injured.

Michelle June 13, 2011 at 9:22 am

Hi Sabrina,

I have not yet run into this issue, but really appreciate you sharing your experience with us. I think in this case, yes, scrubbing with soap and water first to rid the box of urine would be a great idea. Then perhaps after rinsing the soap out it would be a good time to disinfect with a spray. Thanks again for sharing your experience so we can all be aware!

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