How To Get Rid of Cat Litter Smell: 8 Fastest Ways

How to get rid of the cat litter smell in my house?

I love my kitty so much. But, cleaning out her litter box can be so gross.

So, how do I keep my cat litter box from smelling up in the house? How do I maintain a healthy environment for my cat and myself? how can I neutralize the ammonia in my cat litter?

Here are some of the useful tips I have gathered over the years that have helped me combat this problem.


The thing is, I don’t want to add too much fragrance to the litter box. This will prevent my cat from entering the litter box, making her use somewhere else as the bathroom.

Of course, this isn’t great for her health, as well as mine. The dust alone from the litter box is not right, to begin with, for either my cat or me.

 #1 Baking Soda

Baking soda

Expelling smell using baking soda in the litter box works like magic. The use of baking soda to absorb cat litter smell is a real optimized alternative that doesn’t require you to start scrubbing.

To Use Baking Soda To Clean Up Your Cat Litter Box

Baking soda put in litter box

  • First, clean your cat’s urinal waste and have the areas thoroughly dried up.
  • Mix up baking soda with hot water.
  • Sprinkle the mixture in the furniture cushions and under the carpet padding, because these tend to absorb a lot of the urine.
  • Allow it to stay for about an hour plus, or maybe longer, and then you can vacuum it up.
  • After vacuuming, I get to spread the baking soda over the whole bottom of the pan, before I fill it up with a new litter.
  • Then I just sprinkle some on top of the litter box after scooping each day.


You can line up your pan with it and put a nice coating on the bottom and then put your litter on top. That alone will cut down the smell by at least, 50 to 90%.

While baking soda is very cheap to use, they’re a great way to clean your cat’s litter box and keep your house safe and healthy. If you are cleaning your litter boxes, the way you should, like every day or every other day, you should be able to keep that litter box clean.

But the question is:

Is Baking Soda harmful to the cat?

What about if the cat licks her paws after using the litter that contains baking soda or swallows it accidentally?

Well, there’s no cause for alarm if your cat accidentally swallowed some baking soda.


But if your cat has urinary tract crystals, you should avoid it.

Always consult your veterinarian before using baking soda for your kitty. 

 #2 PINEAPPLE Candle


Pineapple Candle comes with a scent that does not only remove the smell of cat litters, but it also eliminates the characteristic odor when you go to a home that has dogs or cats.

This unique candle utilizes powerful enzymes to fight and neutralize offensive smells rather than just masking them.

How long does it last?

The scent effect lasts for over a week or two, until the dried pineapple withers away and can be replaced with a new pineapple scent.

You can use the scent without necessarily having to burn the candles. But the effect of burning the candle is to make the poop odor reduce almost immediately.

Is Pineapple Candle harmful to the cat?

Although pineapple fruit contains the actinidin enzyme that most kitty may be allergic to, research shows that cats can live without any problem with the scent of candle Pineapple.

​Here’s a DIY on How to Prepare Candle Pineapple:

How to make a Pineapple Candle

Pineapple Candle

  • With a sharp knife, carve out oval shapes out of three sides of the pineapple.
  • Then cut large ovals, and leave out an inch of uncarved pineapple below and above the shapes.
  • After that, scoop out the inside of the Pineapple with a large spoon through any of the oval cutouts. But ensure you keep the inside of the pineapple aside so you can eat it later.
  • Before inserting the candle, make sure you dry out the inside of the pineapple.
  • After doing that, use multiple paper towels to Stuff the pineapple cavity. Then, let it dry out for two hours. And after it has dried out, remove the paper towels.
  • Then, put a tea light inside the hollowed-out pineapple. Select an unscented candle in a plastic or metal base.

 #3 Use Coffee Grounds

Filter bag coffe ground

Drinking coffee is a daily activity for the majority of families across the world. Whether you use an electric coffee maker, a French press or any other type of coffee brewing method.

You may be wondering how you could avoid throwing all those spent coffee grounds into the carnage.

Good news!

Coffee grounds are known as a neutralizer for odor. This is like a more traditional use of coffee grounds.

Instead of throwing away old coffee grounds after brewing, you can use it to control odor. The dried coffee grounds are used in locations around the home to neutralize the smell.

How long does it last?

This does not just mask the odor, but eliminate the unwanted smell. Their effect can last for 1-2 weeks and the cost of having them around her very low.

You can store these in either a container or make a small sachet for blended coffee grounds.

How to use Coffe Grounds


  • Get a dried coffee grounds and blend.
  • Add a drop or two of vanilla or some other scents that you may prefer to avoid the coffee smell from taking over whatever odor you are trying to remove.

Are Coffee Grounds harmful to a cat?

Now, coffee grounds are not quite harmful. Cats are not interested in coffee grounds, so you can rest assured that your cats will not eat them.

But cats love soft and smooth things like sand. So you can put it in a filter bag to make sure the cat will not drag it around the house.

 #4 Use Cat Litter Deodorizer

 Arm & Hammer Cat Litter Deodorizer, With Baking Soda, 20 oz

Another effective way to prevent the house from smelling like cat poop is to sprinkle deodorant on top of the litter.

The reason I recommend this natural remedy is that deodorants are a combined mixture of citrus ingredients of lemon, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit or perfume. All these make the fragrance fresh to keep your home clean and calm during the hot summer.

 Nature's Miracle Just for Cats Odor Destroyer Litter Powder, 20 oz

How long does it last?

This method saves a lot of time but their effect will last only for 1 week.

How to use Litter Deodorizer (Video Tips)

Apart from sprinkling deodorant on top of the litter, you can also sprinkle Litter Deodorizer on the bottom of the litter box as well before putting the litter on top.

That way, as cat digs through, it will mix up the deodorant in the litter.

Regarding the make and design, most litter box deodorizers come both in powder and spray form.

  • If you are using the powder type, sprinkle a small amount on the bottom of the litter box.
  • Pour in the litter and then add a little on top.
  • For the spray deodorizer, they are meant to be used only on top of the litter.
  • Each time your cat uses the litter box, add a little more litter box deodorizer, for optimal odor coverage.

Interestingly, cat litter deodorants are quite cheap with price tags that range between $15 to $100, depending on your chosen product.

You can also make a homemade cat litter deodorizer.

Is Litter Deodorizer harmful to the cat?

Generally speaking, most felines are sensitive to strong scents, and for this, they may stray away from using a litter box that has a dominant floral aroma.

For instance, Spray deodorants that come with lemon mixed with orange and grapefruit, have an overpowering scent. This, of course, feels like an assault to cats’ sensitive noses, and cats can hate it.

For the powdered litter deodorizers, they make litter even dustier, and your cat will stir up dust cloud every time she digs in the litter.

In general, cats are too sensitive to highly scent deodorizer. So if you don’t want your cat to abandon the litter box for a bathroom somewhere else, it is recommended that you use unscented deodorizer, as this is good for you and your feline.

 #5 Use a Scented Cat Litter

Scented Cat Litter


Cats are too sensitive to smell and having a highly scented litter could hinder your cat from using the litter box.

But with the right best cat litter that is rich in minerals and has scents that aren’t too strong for cats, they can do a great job in neutralizing ammonia in cat litters.

Crystal litter

The right scented litter should be clean with ammonia blocker and free from fragrances or dyes that meet you and your cat’s preferences.

While scented cat litters would have amazing detoxifying abilities, the best cat litter brands will deliver powerful odor control to litter boxes for cats.

How long does it last?

They should be able to lock away odors, and the included ammonia blocker would prevent even ammonia odor in your home, for up to two weeks. This will help to give you a house that smells fresh and inviting.

 #6 Use Automatic Litter Box

Automatic Litter Box

The fresh smell will always come from a clean litter box. But what about if you don’t have the time to clean? Or you are tired of the stinky odor, every time you clean these litter boxes?

That is where the automatic cat litter box comes to play. Yes, it can be quite costly, even up to $500, but trust me, it is worth it.

How long does it last?

The best part is that your cat will not notice the movement of the box, and will always want to use the clean box consistently because of the freshness it delivers every 24/7.

How it works?

Setting up an automatic litter box is a snap, and really simple. The way it works is that it automatically cleans itself by making a complete rotation every hour.

Most automatic cleaning litter boxes are soundproof in operation. You will not be bothered with any cleaning circle and special bags or bin to maintain, making disposing your cat waste easily on you and your wallet.

Also, the best brands of automatic litter boxes use super absorbing crystal that traps odor and wetness. It’s like a “leave it and don’t worry about it” litter system.

Having an automatic cleaning litter box is just for anyone who is too busy to do the cleaning themselves or apply the methods to eradicate litter box smell.

 #7 Use Covered Litter box

Covered Litter Box

Having a covered litter box, which is also known as a “hooded” cat litter box is one of the best ways to expel litter smell from your house.

A covered box seems ideal and great for Cat’s privacy and the ability to control litter from scattering, and also to keep the cat’s poop and pee on display.

Covered litter box with swinging door


Using a covered cat litter allows the floor around them to be clean. So, if you have a cat that digs excessively, a covered box with high edges will prevent the litter to be scattered everywhere, thereby limiting litter smell.

Using a covered litter box is a confirmed way of keeping everything neat and tidy, thereby, preventing odor inside the box

 #7 Change Your Cat’s Diet

Change your cat's diet

Oh, I guess you didn’t see this one coming. The truth is your cat’s diet does influence the smell of the cat waste.

This is especially true when you are bothered about the smelly poop of your cat. That alone shows that your cat’s diet could make a substantial change.


Majorly, changes in your feline diet will improve the nutritional value and make your furry friend healthier. That could also resolve issues of smelly poop of your cat, which would be of substantial benefit to you and your home.

So, changing your cat’s diet is also like reducing your cat litter smell.

 Our Verdict

Since I wanted a cat of my own to begin with, it is only fair that I take care of her. This includes scooping her litter box. But obviously, the worst part of cleaning the litter box is the smell that goes with it.

So, to deal with this issue, I had to go for an automatic litter box. They are the best in my opinion and saves me the time of cleaning the litter boxes myself. I am not even bothered with any cleaning circle and special bags or bin to maintain.

Even though they are quite expensive, they are worth every dang penny.

So, if you want to eliminate cat litter odor in your house, following any of the outlined tips we dropped above will help you to have a house that is free from cat litter smell.

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