One of the biggest worries I had when we decided to move to Brooklyn and into an apartment again was how the pets were going to handle close quarters. I was just as concerned with how we were going to be able to adjust to having a litter box out in the open, since we don’t have the square footage for a laundry/pet room like we’ve had in our last two homes.
For those of you who are newer to the blog, my husband and I are the crazy people who brought a dog and two cats with us to New York City. Yup. No kids, just three fur babies. We’re definitely in the minority to most in the area.
Aspen (our grey, sassy cat) and Cali (our calico cuddle bug) are sisters who came home under the Christmas tree back in 2009. We adopted Roadie almost a year later after we found him as a stray, and they have coexisted as our little Hesington wolf pack ever since. We’re a pretty close family, some might say.
Knowing our space was going to be tight, I came to terms with the fact that the litter box would most likely need to be in our living room. So we got night stands that would hide the litter boxes.
We’ve always enjoyed inviting people over, hosting dinner parties, and entertaining guests who come in town to visit us. Luckily, no one has really noticed that the night stands are, in fact, where our girls use the restroom!
I try my best to manage the litter box smell and aside from keeping it as clean as possible, the biggest thing I can do to minimize the odor that inevitably seeps out from a litter box is to invest in a quality, odor sealing litter.
I recently got the opportunity to try out ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™ MicroGuard™ Cat Litter, and I was looking forward to putting it to the test. I won’t name any names, but someone is pretty picky about her cat litter. She has been known to protest by going outside of the box … so if she likes it, it must be a good one!
The heavy-duty odor eliminators paired with ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda destroys odors on contact immediately. The new MicroGuard™ technology works to prevent bacterial odors before they even begin! Not only does MicroGuard™ seal and destroy immediate odor, but it prevents the growth of future bacterial odor. This produces an odor control guarantee for 7 days. With a box being so close to where we sleep, I was concerned that dust would fly around when one of the cats went in and out of it. I’ve dealt with litters that give off a dust residue before, so I was really happy to find out that this one has an ultra-low dust factor and isn’t a problem.
MicroGuard™ Cat Litter is made with fine, micro-particles and is smaller than most I’ve used before. I will say that I love how easy it is to scoop, thanks to the CLUMP & SEAL™ formula. Anyone who changes a litter box on the regular will agree that crumbling scoops are the worst. When you can’t get a full clump out of the box, what’s left behind just mixes in with the rest of the litter. (Gross, right?) I haven’t had a clumping problem yet!
My favorite part about this litter is the scent. Some cats are finicky about scented litter compared to unscented, and I’ve always preferred to buy scented in an effort to seal odors.
ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™ MicroGuard™ Cat Litter gives off a pleasant aroma that is somewhere in-between. Overall, Aspen, Cali, and I give this litter two thumbs and four paws up!
See cute cat photos and read fun facts about them (and litter) by following ARM & HAMMER™ on Facebook and Instagram. Happy scooping!
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I have wallflowers from bath and body works to help mask odors in our home! They seem to be doing the trick
I love using my diffuser with essential oils!
I light candles for ambiance and for the delicious scent! I stock up twice a year at bath and body and pick up some of my fav 3 wick candles.
I have three cats and we LOVE this litter. It has made such a difference smell wise in our home. So glad your kitties love it too!
To combat the litter, I always make sure to clean it often and keep air fresheners in that area!
I love using essential oils to help keep our home smelling good 🙂
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We almost always have candles lit, I love the fall scents! We also are lucky and can have the litter box in our basement, so we just clean it often and have air fresheners down there.
I love scented candles and diffusers!
In smellier spots, like near our diaper pail, I leave a little jar of baking soda mixed with lavender oil. The jars smell nice while also absorbing and trapping other smells. It’s a cheap little smell-hack 🙂 Candles are my other go-to!
We use wallflowers from Bath and Body Works, candles, under the sink deoderizers, and for the cat, use a good quality litter, and empty the litter box multiple times a day into small deoderized bags made specifically for that purpose!
I try to clean the litter box often to cut down on the smell and use a Febreeze wall plugin air freshener in the hallway that the litter box is in.
I just make sure to be very dilligent about cleaning every week so that nothing ends up lingering! And a nice fall candle never helps 🙂
I sprinkle baking soda on my carpet a few minutes before I vacuum. Works great!
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
Girl I hear you! Our litter box is in our second bathroom right now and I can’t wait til we have a house to put it in the basement! haha
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we love air fresheners! and use citrus scented cleaning supplies
When my home is in need of a scent pick me up, I like to do some baking 🙂 Beyond that, taking the trash out regularly and not letting stuff sit in the garbage disposal helps to keep odors down!
Carrie This Fit Chick
I always light candles and incense to try and keep odor away!
I have allergies to a lot of fragrances/smells. I clean my house with a vinegar-based solution. It is a bit odd to get used to, but now it smells like clean to me.
heather @Lunging Through Life
CLean the litter box often 😉 Oh and use some scented spray.
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Candles are my favorite way to mask odors! I love the pumpkin Fall scents!
Krystal // The Krystal Diaries
I like to use candles and the Arm & Hammer rug powder (the pet fresh one) every single time I vacuum my rugs or dog’s bed. His beds are too large to throw in the washing machine so I use the rug powder on them and the vacuum attachment.
This is a problem I struggle with constantly with three cats (and two humans!) in a small apartment. I have found that a diffuser and essential oils works wonders — and you get to inject a little personality into your space by switching up the scents!
I burn candles to keep my studio odor free!
Ohmygoodness, thank you for writing this post! I’ve been trying to convince my fiance that we need to get a cat – even if we do live in an apartment. And I know our apartment isn’t quite as small as yours (perks of not living in NY?) and that it is very doable! I love the idea of the Clump and Seal MicroGuard cat litter to mask odors. Always a challenge when in a small space with litter boxes. One of the things we do now to mask odors in our house is regularly use candles and make sure we vacuum twice a week.
Now I’m on to showing this article to my fiance…;)
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Lots of candles and lots of open windows!
I recently moved into my new home a few months ago , the old owners had a dog and must have kept In basement with the bathroom pads because the basement smelt like pet urine. It’s an unfinished basement and I tried everything to mask that smell. The febreeze wall sticks are by the basement door which helps with hiding the smell into the kitchen. I also used baking soda on the floor and let sit hoping it would soak it up. The worse is when it’s hot and humid out.
We use febreeze! Baking soda works really well on spills on the carpet.
We have the same ratio/// 2 cats, 1 dog, 0 real babies. 😉 We recently started brushing our dogs teeth to combat his bad breath. He hates it! I wish we would’ve started when he was a puppy.
We keep baking soda in our Ubi. It catches most of the smelly diapers! Lol… A nice fall candle is always great too!
I have my Scentsy going when I’m at home!
I LOVE wallflowers from bath and body works! I live in a small condo. So, I, as-: well, appreciate quality cat litter–it goes a long way to mask odor in smaller spaces!
Patricia @ Sweet and Strong
I always light candles and open the windows when I can to eliminate odors. I also clean our carpets and furniture with cleaner and a vacuum.
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We have two cats and I always sprinkle baking soda over top of their litter. Candles are also always burning if we’re home!
I love candles!
I try to leave my windows open as often as possible!
I use the scented/odor-eliminating Glad trash bags! I also have a newborn and have quickly learned that the Diaper Genie is my best friend. I don’t smell ANYTHING until I have to change the bag!
I take out the trash on a daily basis so it doesn’t start to smell in the kitchen if something extra stinky is put in there by me or my roommate.
Not only do I use Febreeze, but on nice days I also try to open the windows to let the fresh air in! 🙂
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Lysol, Febreeze, candles, repeat. I have a cat, a child in diapers, and a pre-pubescent stepson. Lots of smells to cover!
keeping the windows open whenever I can!
I have been on the hunt for a new kitty litter so this will be next on my list try!!
Marissa | Pit Of Pets
Great use of the nightstands to hide the litter box! We often get this litter brand and our cats love it!
I’m a Bath and Body candle freak. Always have a couple going. We also have 2 indoor cats and a dog and the litter boxes are down cellar but I still can smell them sometimes. Will have to try that litter.
After removing whatever caused the odor, I like to open a window or put baking soda on or near the odor. I don’t like perfumed products too much.
I use candles and spray with Febreze.
I use candles, Febreze spray and Febreze plug in scent diffuser. They really make my house smell good! Plus for my cat, I use a good odor eliminating cat litter!
We run essential oils through diffusers to mask odors in our house.
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We mask odors by using air freshener and candles.
I use air fresheners to hide odors
I use sprays and make sure the trash is always emptied!
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I don’t have pets (yet!) but I just try to keep up with my cleaning and open windows for some fresh air when I can!
I have air fresheners in several rooms throughout the house!
Thank you so much for sharing this!! My husband and I really want to get a cat (okay, mostly me) and I’ve been struggling with the litterbox in the open idea as well. We mostly use candles, a scentsy, and febreze right now to cover most of our own human smells! 😉
It’s really not that bad if you change the box often and keep everything under control!
i like those melting wax tarts. they help mask odors in my house
I have 3 cats and just try and keep their boxes very clean to help with smells. We keep liner bags in the box, but still disinfect and wash the boxes regularly, and we have 3 litter boxes. I haven’t tried this brand of litter but now I think I’ll try it out.
I use a hooded litter box and it has made a huge difference!
I use air fresheners around the house
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I use baking soda and essential oil spray to help.
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I use scented candles.
I have three cats and we LOVE this litter. It has made such a difference smell wise in our closet
I use my diffuser with essential oils, such as lavender, to help mask odors in our house! Thanks for the chance at this awesome giveaway!
I use a lot of candles to help mask the odors in my home.
We use scented candles.
I use a lot of candles to get rid of odors.
I clean it daily so that there is no smell
I clean it daily so that there is no smell
I use a lot of candles not only to mask odors but because different scents really remind me of different things and get me in the holiday mood, or excitement for spring, fall, etc.!
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In the case of apartments, this litter box seems to be ideal because bad odor emanating from the box could be a problem if you invite people over.
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Thanks for sharing this amazing post.
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OMG THEY ARE SOOO CUTE AND LOVELY!!!
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