Purr-fect Solution for a Stinky Cat Litter Box

October 26, 2015  
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cat litterboxBY MARY HUNT

Dear Mary: I am a new reader and I’m getting so many good ideas from your column. Thank you! I believe I read in a recent column about a super litter-box deodorizer. My interest is prompted by the fact that our daughter is moving in with us soon and she has two cats. — Your new faithful reader, Heather

Dear Heather: There are few odors more difficult to control than those that come with a cat litter box. Until someone figures out how to potty-train cats (including teaching them to flush), the next best option is Nok-Out.

The location of the litter box is important. It should be away from doors and windows, as far from family and food activities as possible. Cats want privacy, so this rules out the kitchen or other high-activity areas.

The size of the litter box and the emptying frequency are both important. If the bottom of the box becomes too soiled, or the smell of urine too concentrated because the box has a cover; if the box is too small, or if there are too many cats per box, your new house guests may choose a spot near the box, and opt out of using the box altogether.

Once you are sure that the cats love their litter, the box is well-placed and everything appears to be going well (save for that horrible odor), you’re ready to put Nok-Out to work.

Spray Nok-Out on the bottom of the clean litter box each and every time you change and clean the box, which should be frequently. Nok-Out is ideal here because other cleaners leave a disinfectant or masking odor that repels cats.

Next, fill the box with you litter of choice and lightly spray the top of the litter with Nok-Out. Every time you remove solid wastes, spray the litter again with Nok-Out. Nok-Out is odor-free and leaves no smells that will offend the cats, but it does have residual effects that continue to combat odors long after it dries. And it will extend the life of your litter because the box will remain sanitary and clean. That’s because Nok-Out destroys bacteria, viruses, fungus spores and germs that cause odor and can create disease and other problems.

By the way, Nok-Out is going through a brand name change to SNiPER (only the name, not the product, is changing). So whether you see SNiPER or Nok-Out when you go to NokOut.com, you can be confident that when used properly, Nok-Out will make your life much easier as you welcome these pets to your home. You’ll save 10 percent off your order if you use coupon code DPL at checkout.

 

Dear Mary: Hi, there. I have been an avid reader of Everyday Cheapskate for years now. Lots of your tips helped me more than I can say. I just read the tip about removing burnt coffee in a coffee carafe using ice cubes and salt. Why not use denture tablets, and let it soak overnight? It works great. After soaking, in the morning, I pour the water down the garbage disposal. Once again, thanks for all the advice and great tips. — Stacie

Dear Stacie: You are so right that denture tablets work wonders to remove burned and stuck-on things in pots, pans and carafes. That is, until you take two things into consideration: Time and money. A denture tablet costs about 10 cents, and the method requires an overnight soak. Ice and salt is all but free and take about three minutes flat to accomplish the same thing. I’m fond of the fast and free method. Thanks for your loyalty, love and support.

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