How To Clean A Cat Litter Box
Here are a list of steps to thoroughly clean the kitty litter box and keep things sanitized. I’ve also included several links at the bottom pointing to some neat ideas to hide the box in some manner.
- Wear rubber gloves used just for this job.
- Dump all the used litter into a garbage bag, tie off and toss immediately.
- Using very hot, soapy water scrub the box with old clean cloths (rags) saved just for this purpose. When done with the cloths, wash separately from the rest of your laundry. Use bleach in the wash.
- After scrubbing, rinse well to remove all traces of soap. Fill with hot water and 1/4 cup of bleach. Let soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly with hot water to remove all traces of bleach.
- You can either air dry the box or wipe it dry with a clean rag used just for this purpose (you can launder with the above scrub cloths).
- Fill with fresh kitty litter and it’s ready to serve its purpose again. You can also line the box with newspaper or a plastic bag first before filling with fresh cat litter, it makes the next cleanup job a little easier.
Clean as frequently as needed. Before washings, you can use a scooper to scoop out waste daily, that will keep things fresher longer.
You can keep a “Maintenance Kit” so you have everything ready and in one place. Have a pail or box to hold your rubber gloves and a fresh, clean stack of rags used for cleaning.
Here are a few ideas and products posted on flickr for hiding litter boxes or at least making them fit into your decor nicely:
DIY Project: Here’s a mess free project made with an 18 gallon bin, scissors and a circular template (to cut the hole).
A few tips:
- If possible, keep it out of the kitchen. Good choices are the laundry room, attached garage (if the cat has easy access), mud room, porch or any area of your house that isn’t typically used as a family seating area or gathering place.
- If you have a dog in the family that likes to raid it and munch away (gross!), keep it in a spot that the dog can’t get at. Using a covered contraption is ideal for this, just point the entrance into a corner close enough that the dog can’t get into it. The cat will find her way in no problem.
- If you have problems with your cat “missing” the box, check out these cleaning tips.
- Did you know: Because an unborn child can be infected with the toxoplasmosis parasite, it is recommended that pregnant women wear gloves, pants and shoes when gardening (or avoid gardening altogether) and never clean a litter box in case the feces carry the parasite. See this page for more information: BC Health Files.