Need to know how to clean a litter box? We love our cats, but strong litter box smell can be a challenge for pet owners. Cleaning a litter box, including washing a litter box often, is essential to removing litter box odors.
If you’re looking for the best way to clean and disinfect a litter box, OdoBan Disinfectant and Odor Eliminator is one of the best litter box cleaners and cat litter deodorizers.
In this guide, we’ll cover how to use OdoBan to clean and sanitize your cat’s litter box. For best results, we suggest cleaning and sanitizing your cat’s litter box once every week. Additionally, you’ll learn how to use OdoBan as a litter box deodorizer.
Looking for the best pet odor eliminator? Made in USA since 1980, OdoBan Disinfectant and Odor Eliminator Concentrate is an effective, affordable pet odor remover. OdoBan eliminates pet odors at the source, making it one of the best litter box cleaners, perfect for removing smells from litter boxes. OdoBan is pH neutral and safe for use in pet households when used as directed.
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To get started, here’s what you’ll need:
- OdoBan Disinfectant and Odor Eliminator Multi-Purpose Concentrate
- Measuring cup (not for food use)
- Clean, plastic spray bottle
- Scrub brush or sponge
- Mild dish soap
- Paper towels
After mixing OdoBan in a spray bottle, always label your OdoBan solution (for example, “pet odor eliminator spray”). You can find free printable secondary labels on our website.
A few quick safety reminders:
- Never mix OdoBan with any other cleaning products or chemicals.
- Always use OdoBan as directed on the label.
- Don’t measure OdoBan with measuring cups used for food and drink.
- After using OdoBan, allow surfaces to completely dry before allowing pets or children in the area.
- If pregnant or immunocompromised, we recommend wearing a dust mask while cleaning the litter box to prevent accidental inhalation of the litter dust.
How to Clean, Sanitize, and Deodorize a Litter Box
Before cleaning the litter box, you’ll first need to mix OdoBan concentrate to make a pet odor eliminating spray use-solution. This spray will be perfect for removing litter odors, and cleaning and sanitizing the litter box.
Alternatively, you can use an OdoBan Ready-to-Use Spray. These sprays are already mixed and ready for use.
To make an OdoBan cat litter deodorizer use-solution, you’ll want to mix 32 ounces of OdoBan concentrate per gallon of water.
For a standard 32-ounce spray bottle, mix 8 ounces of OdoBan concentrate with water.
How to Make a Litter Box Deodorizer Spray Solution (32-oz. bottle) with OdoBan Concentrate
- Measure 8 ounces (one cup) of OdoBan concentrate in a measuring cup, not used for food and drink.
- Carefully pour the measured OdoBan concentrate into a clean, plastic spray bottle.
- Fill the remainder of the spray bottle with plain tap water.
- Seal the spray bottle tightly.
- Label the spray bottle.
With your OdoBan solution ready, let’s clean the litter box.
Step 1: Wash the Litter Box
To get started, empty the litter box entirely. Wipe away any debris that may be stuck to the bottom or inside walls of the litter box. Cat litter can clog drains, so it’s essential to remove all litter before moving the box to a sink or bathtub.
In a sink or tub, add a solution of warm water and a mild soap (like dish soap) to the litter box. Using a scrubbing brush or sponge, scrub the inside and outside surfaces of the litter box with the soapy solution. This is also a good time to clean your cat litter scoop or clean your cat’s plastic litter mats.
After each surface is scrubbed and cleaned, empty the soapy solution. Next, thoroughly rinse all surfaces with plain tap water, taking care to rinse away all of the soap.
Finally, allow the litter box to completely dry. You can use clean paper towels to speed up the drying time.
Step 2: Sanitize the Litter Box
Once the litter box is dry, spray the OdoBan solution thoroughly on all of the litter box’s hard interior and exterior surfaces. If washed earlier, you can also sanitize metal or plastic litter box scoops by thoroughly spraying with OdoBan during this step. Hard plastic litter mats can also be sanitized with your OdoBan spray.
With each surface thoroughly wet, allow the OdoBan solution to sit for 60 seconds to sanitize.
Finally, wipe down the surfaces with paper towels until the litter box is completely dry. Once dry, the litter box can be refilled with litter.
Step 3: Deodorize the Litter Box
To control cat urine odors in between litter box cleanings, your OdoBan pet odor remover solution spray can be used on litter.
Remove all pets from the area before spraying the OdoBan solution two to three times directly on the litter. Less works better! Do not saturate the litter with OdoBan.
Optionally, you can use a litter scoop to stir the litter after spraying OdoBan on the litter. Repeat this process to allow OdoBan to contact most of the litter particles.
Allow the OdoBan to completely dry before allowing pets back in the area.
Should I use baking soda?
Does using baking soda in litter reduce litter box odors? Not likely. In fact, adding baking soda to your cat’s litter box may make cat urine smell stronger.
An alkaline cleaner, baking soda has a high pH level. When cat urine dissolves the dry baking soda powder in litter, the pH level of the litter box increases. This increased pH level makes the ammonia smell in the cat urine more prominent and may result in an even smellier litter box.
While there are many other DIY pet cleaners, we recommend using a professionally formulated pet odor eliminator, like OdoBan.
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