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How to Clean a Litter Box With Bleach

Cleaning your cat's litter box out isn't fun but it's necessary. Learn how to clean a litter box with bleach to ensure sure you have an odor-free, clean home.

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Our cat had a nasty virus. After it was resolved I went through and cleaned his litter box area with a Clorox® Regular Bleach2 and water solution to get rid of the germs. Once this dries, is it safe for pets? Or should I make an effort to clean any residue before letting my pets in the area?


A litter box that has been properly disinfected with Clorox® Regular Bleach2 is definitely safe for pets; and here’s how to do it:

  1. Remove the litter from the box
  2. Wash the litter box with soap and water
  3. Mix 3/4 cup Clorox® Regular Bleach2 per gallon of water and fill the litter box with the bleach solution, let stand for 5 minutes
  4. Thoroughly rinse the litter box and air dry

Since you mentioned residue, I’m wondering if you have adequately rinsed the litter box.  This is especially important if you used too strong of a bleach solution.

Is anyone else disinfecting your pets’ items in “celebration” for the New Year?