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Cleaning the Litterbox with Chlorine Bleach

By June 20, 2006

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Here's an interesting e-mail, relating to everyday household chemistry:

"Is there enough ammonia in cat urine to cause a chemical reaction if you rinse the plastic pan with Chlorox to kill germs? I have a friend who goes nuts when I say I clean my catbox with Chlorox, and thatís after dumping and rinsing it. Even if I didnít rinse it, is there enough ammonia in the urine to cause a problem?"

If you empty the litterbox and rinse it with water, it's perfectly safe to disinfect it with a chlorine bleach, like Chlorox. The answer to the other part of the question depends on how much use the litterbox got and how long it has been since it was last emptied. If you can smell a strong odor of ammonia, then it's inadvisable to pour bleach into an unrinsed catbox.

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Comments

June 26, 2006 at 9:44 am
(1) Perry Cusmano says:

RE: Catboxes and Chlorine Bleach

My Veterinarian strongly advises AGAINST using bleach or other chemicals to clean the cat box for a number of reasons. among these are: it destroys the chemical scents that the cat uses to recognize the cat box as his/her territory, which causes high stress. and animals sense of smell is many times stronger than that of us humans, and it can irritate thier delicate mucus membranes. He advises using Baking Soda to clean it with, it destroys the acrid odor naturally and gently.

June 29, 2006 at 12:24 pm
(2) naresh says:

i am working in a pharma company. we use sticker lables to pet bottles.supose we want to remove thatlabels after stickering they are not remoing completely.hwat chemical u are suggeting to remove that gum to clearthat bottle

your’s faith fully
naresh

September 27, 2011 at 1:33 am
(3) James says:

Cover whatever has to be removed with WD40 or an oil based product, this works best on a hard or plastic surface. Let it soak in & it will dissolve the glue which makes it very easy to remove.

February 10, 2008 at 4:11 pm
(4) robert says:

doesnt cat crap have ammonia in it that could kill you and your pets and kids if mixed with bleach?

September 27, 2011 at 1:37 am
(5) James says:

Cat urine breaks down & results in ammonia, not cat poop. Ammonia is what you want to avoid mixing with the bleach. Just don’t use it & everything will be fine.

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