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It’s the inevitable job every cat owner faces: cleaning the litter box.

But it doesn’t have to be a dreaded or painful experience.

According to PetMD, there a several ways to clean your cat’s litter box:

Washing a Litter Box

The best way to clean a litter box is to dump the entire box and soak it in hot water for a few minutes at least once a week. It is not necessary to use detergents or cleaning chemicals, as hot water will generally do the trick. A small amount of liquid dish soap added to the hot water will help loosen any “dirt” on the interior sides and bottom, and will refresh the box without leaving a toxic residue behind.

Avoid products that have ammonia, bleach, or any type of caustic ingredient. If you want to go a little further, you can mix a small amount of hydrogen peroxide or vinegar in the hot water to remove any bacteria or smells.

Scrubbing and Cleaning Out a Litter Box

If the box needs more than a simple washing out, here are some supplies you will need:

  • Disposable gloves
  • Cleaning rag, scrub brush, or sponge that is set aside just for cleaning the litter box (and only the litter box)
  • Dust mask

If you are pregnant or have lowered immunity, always wear gloves for cleaning the box. Also, wear a dust mask to prevent breathing in any of the litter dust. And always wash your hands and arms thoroughly after you have finished.

Once the box has been cleaned, dry it out with a paper towel or cleaning towel, and then sprinkle the bottom with baking soda.

Bonus tip! Cleaning a litter box is even better when you love your litter.

See why Clover Cat Litter has cat-lovers raving.