Much like any good relationship, my relationship with all of you is not a one-way street. It’s an exchange of ideas and information that goes both ways! Every so often, I receive emails or comments from readers who are willing to share their own tips and tricks with me, and I love that! I learn so much from all of you, and I think we make a great team. :-)
Speaking of reader emails, I recently received an excellent one from a reader named Caroline. She wrote to me to share the brilliant method she used to remove odors from her inherited oriental rugs (and also some concrete floors). After various other attempts had failed to remove the strong smell of cats from her expensive rugs, Caroline finally honed in on a solution that worked. That solution, aptly enough, turned out to be cat litter!
I gave Caroline’s cat litter method a try on one of my own less-than-fresh rugs at home, and it worked like a charm! I think this brilliant tip could be a real life-saver in certain situations, so that’s exactly what I’ll be sharing with you today!
Why Use Cat Litter?
I wanted to start off by exploring why and how cat litter can be used as an effective deodorizer. The main advantage of using cat litter is it contains odor-eliminating ingredients, such as baking soda or activated charcoal. Continuously neutralizing litter box odors is no small feat, so imagine what that odor-eliminating cat litter could do for other household odors!
Another advantage of using cat litter is that it is highly absorbent. (It has to contend with cat urine, after all!) Unpleasant odors are often related to moisture, and cat litter can help absorb any moisture that might be contributing to the odor.
And when you consider both the odor-eliminating and absorbent power of cat litter, it actually makes perfect sense to use it to fight other odors on other surfaces! :-)
What Can I Deodorize With Cat Litter?
This method is perfect for freshening up items that you can’t wash in your washing machine. But it’s also useful for removing odors from items that are technically machine-washable, but that shouldn’t be washed frequently. For instance, I try to avoid washing my rugs too frequently, because I’ve found that the backing eventually starts to peel away after a certain number of washes. So this method can help keep those sorts of items fresh in between washes!
Here are some of the things you can deodorize with cat litter (but these are just the ones I’ve thought of, and I’m sure there are more!):
- Furniture cushions
- Heirloom quilts
- Pet beds
Here’s how it’s done, so you can try this method at home!
How To Use Cat Litter To Eliminate Odors
Take the item that you want to deodorize and put it into a large, sturdy trash bag.
Pour a generous amount of cat litter into the trash bag. (You can’t really add “too much” cat litter to the bag. Use at least a few cups of litter, or more for larger items.)
Tie the trash bag so it is sealed up tightly, and let it sit for 1-2 days, or up to a week. (If your item really smells, leave it alone for a full week.)
When the wait is up, remove the item from the bag and shake off any excess cat litter. Then use your vacuum to remove any lingering litter dust, and you’re done! The item should smell fresh and clean.
So there you have it! I just want to give another quick shout-out to Caroline for sharing this brilliant tip with us. I’ve already benefited from learning about it, and I’m sure you will find it just as useful! :-)
What’s your best tip for eliminating unpleasant odors?