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Uses for Cat Litter

| Updated September 26, 2017

Unscented or scented clay cat litter can have many uses besides just filling up a litter box. Litter that is 100 percent clay is just coarse pieces of dry bentonite clay, which is used in many things other than litter. Bentonite clay litter is inexpensive and available at most grocery and pet stores.

Face Mask

Bentonite clay is the main active ingredient in most clay face masks. Clay helps clear pores and suck out impurities for tighter looking pores. Crush half a cup of 100 percent unscented clay cat litter into a powder and add filtered water until it creates a paste. Rub on your face and let sit for 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water and a washcloth for clean soft skin.


Cat litter is porous and absorbs smells, which why it makes a great for cats. Pour a cup in the bottom of a trash can to absorb smell and dampness as well. Keep a bowl of fresh cat litter in musty cabinets or closets and replace every week. Sprinkle a handful of cat litter in ashtrays to absorb some of the smell.

Dry Fresh Flowers

Cat litter absorbs liquid just as it absorbs smell. Preserve fresh flowers perfectly by placing a layer of cat litter 1 to 2 inches thick at the bottom of an airtight container. Place flowers gently on top of the litter and seal container. Let flowers sit for a week. Once opened, flowers should be completely dry and in the same shape they were when you put them in the container.


Ten lbs. of cat litter can absorb an entire gallon of liquid. Use cat litter to help clean up difficult spills such as oil or paint. Pour 2 or 3 inches of fresh cat litter in the bottom of a grill to absorb drippings, unpleasant odors and reduce flare-ups. Replace cat litter once saturated.