Cat litter is a household product to which I have rarely given much, if any, thought. Recently I saw a neighbor sprinkling it under the tire of his car that was deeply embedded in a snowbank. Sure enough, after laying some of the fine gravel under and around his tires, he was free of the embankment and ready to go. As handy as that bag was for him, there are actually a multitude of uses for cat litter
. Some of them have a bit of the yuck factor, but others are downright innovative. In no particular order, some of the more interesting uses are as follows:
- Barbecue safety: Keep any and all barbecue flames at bay by layering generous hand fulls over the bottom of your cooking kettle.
- Picture perfect dried flowers: Preserve and dry fresh cut flowers by filling a plastic container with litter and placing flowers among the gravel bits. Cover with an airtight lid until the flowers have dried.
- Deep cleaning mud mask: Mix warm water and a couple of hand fulls of fresh litter into a paste and spread on your face until dry. Follow with a warm water rinse. The mud makes for an amazing deep cleaning facial.
- Mole prevention: Moles dislike the smell of used cat litter just as much as humans. Pour some of the foul smelling litter down a mole hole and get ready to have a mole-free yard.
The above mentioned uses require a steady supply of cat litter, but if it means your barbecues will be safer, you can have fresh looking flowers all year long and your skin will be toned and fresh, then it is well worth it.