Other Uses for Kitty Litter

If you have a stinky pair of gym shoes you would like to deodorize, try cat litter. Put some fresh litter into a couple of old socks (about a half cup in each), tie the tops, and tuck them inside the offending shoes. Leave them overnight and the clay will absorb the moisture that stinky bacteria thrive upon. You can pop the same litter-filled socks back into the shoes after each workout. This is way cheaper than the alternatives that typically smell worse than the problem (most commercial deodorizers have cloying perfumes that purport to mask odor).


If you get your cell phone or another electronic device wet, cat litter may save it! Dry it off as best you can and slide it into an old sock. Tie the top and slip it into the middle of a bag of clean litter. The clays in clumping cat litter suck the moisture out of it quickly. This method dries out electronics even faster than rice does. Just be sure to provide some sort of cloth barrier (like an old sock) to prevent clay from getting into the device. Leave it for a couple of days, and your phone, iPod, or mp3 player may work again! If you see any moisture on the display screen, don't turn it on! Return it to the litter for another couple of days to continue drying out.

Finally, there is the old standby of using non-clumping litter to prevent slipping on ice. It can be a lifesaver after a freezing rain. Never use clumping litter for this, as that would create the most tenacious slime ever!


Cat litter is cheap and readily available. Many people already have a bag of it in the house!

Source: I saw a blog asking for possible uses for catlitter; I think it was LifeHacker.

By Janet Sigurdson from Red Deer, AB

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June 16, 20100 found this helpful

Cat litter is also good to absorb spills, such as vomit. When I ran the drama club at school we kept a bag of cat litter on hand in case anyone upchucked. Of course, these were hard surface floors. Just cover the puddle with litter, and sweep up after a few minutes. It kills the odor and is an easy clean up, beats the heck out of trying to mop, which is not effective.


You can also use it to absorb spills in the garage, oil, antifreeze, and so on. Garages use it, but there it is called "floor dry", same stuff.

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June 19, 20100 found this helpful

Good to know it can be used for that. Thanks louel53. I fervently hope, however, that I never need to use it for the first part of your tip!

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September 10, 20150 found this helpful

Use in ash trays in car or house ash trays

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