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You only need to spend a day with a cat to realize how stinky their litter box can get!
However, if you’ve had your cat for more than a month, a stinky cat litter box is nothing new to you. My guess is, you’ve probably learned all the tips and tricks to keeping litter boxes odor-free.
If only you could find a decent cat litter waste disposal system that will turn your dream of a sweet-smelling home into a reality.
Well, you can!
Below is a suggestion of the best cat litter waste disposal systems, but not just that. You’ll also learn the best way to use any of these litter waste disposal system to make your dream of a clean and fresh-smelling home a reality.
Check them out.
1. Litter Genie Plus Pail Cat Litter Disposal System – Best cat litter disposal system.
The Litter Genie Plus Pail is a little sturdy box that lets you store the ‘rare’ gems you uncovered in your cat litter box.
But, you’ll need both hands to operate it.
That’s because the top section (where you dump the litter waste) is separated from the bottom (where the waste settles) by a spring-loaded slider.
This is what keeps the horrible smell under control and it does such a great job. However, you might perceive a little waft of litter stench when you pull the lever that opens the divider. But, it’s only temporary.
When the box is sealed, all horrible smells are locked inside like a genie in a lamp!
Is there any big difference between this Litter Genie Plus and the Litter Genie Standard Pail? We covered that in our Litter Genie Plus Vs Standard Pail review, the info there will help you make the perfect choice.
2. Lucky Champ Litter Champ Cat Litter Disposal System.
First off, the capacity of this thing is Huuuuuge!
And, unlike the Litter Genie where you NEED both hands to successfully operate it, you can operate the Lucky Champ Litter Disposal System with one hand and one leg. But, for speed, efficiency, and to prevent lots of horrible smells from escaping, you will need to use both hands (plus the leg).
I will explain.
This is how it was designed to work: Step on the pedal with your foot to open the top flap revealing a second, smaller flap that locks odor in. Scoop the litter waste and press the second flap down with the scoop to dump the waste into the bottom. Release the pedal to close the flap. Finally, return the scoop to the hanger by the side of the waste box.
Sounds easy, right?
Yes! But, in real life, you cannot do so fast enough before the odors escape or without spilling some waste on the surface.
So what’s the solution?
You can use the hand that’s free (say, left hand) and a thin but strong metal or twig to press the flap down while dumping the waste (with your right hand).
But, you’ll still let some of the trapped odors and, that’s what led you here in the first place – horrible odors. I’ll show you a simple solution later on.
If your top priority is a waste disposal system with a large capacity or one that allows you to use kitchen trash bags (13 gals), then go ahead and purchase the Lucky Champ Litter Disposal System.
3. PetFusion Portable Cat Litter Disposal System.
The PetFusion Cat Litter Disposal System is not the most impressive waste disposal system available, but let’s just start with the positives.
This litter waste disposal system is the easiest to use and when it locks, no odors escape. You can even use your normal kitchen waste bag as long as it fits.
Yeah, that’s it!
Where the litter disposal system fails is that as soon as you open it to dump litter waste, you have to stare 2, 4, or 6-weeks old litter waste in the eye.
All the smell from the previous waste deposit flies straight at you and gags you. Plus, you have to touch the inside of the waste disposal box when you want to dispose of the filled waste bag.
This exposes you to nauseating smells and microorganisms that can endanger your health.
That’s not what you want, is it?
If the use of non-proprietary bags appeals to you, you can use a facemask and hand gloves when using the PetFusion Cat Litter Disposal System.
We have looked at 3 products designed specifically to keep cat litter waste odor contained. You must be wondering “Are there (better) alternatives to these?”. There are:
4. Dekor Hands-Free Diaper Pail.
Even though it is not specifically made for cat litter waste, Dekor Hands-free Diaper Pail works remarkably well at keeping diaper stench locked away. And, make no mistakes, used diapers stink!!!
So… cat you use it for litter waste?
Yes! Dekor Diaper pail has a lot of similarities with the Lucky Champ Cat Litter Disposal System we just looked at. They both have a foot-operated pedal to open the top and can be used with regular kitchen bags.
If you’re looking for a system that is convenient, can hold weeks of litter waste, locks odor away without absorbing the odor, and can fit in small spaces. Then look no further than the Dekor Hands-free Diaper Pail or the Lucky Champ Cat Litter Disposal System.
Besides, the Dekor matches seamlessly with any décor – I’ve waited patiently to use that!
5. Ubbi Steel Odor Locking Diaper Pail.
Last, but not least on our list is the Ubbi Diaper Pail.
The number 1 pro of the Ubbi Diaper Pail is that it is made of steel, which is guaranteed not to smell. And, the second pro is that you can use it with regular garbage bags – more on this later.
Over time, smell and mold will accumulate on the inside of the cover. But, you can fix this by thoroughly washing the unit (without bleach) and spraying Lysol on it afterward.
What I don’t like, however, is the size of the inlet hole (dump hole). Though it is airtight and easy to open or close, it is roughly 4 inches in diameter. And, trust me, it won’t be easy dumping cat litter waste in there without messing the sides – unless you’re a pro golfer.
Best way to get your home smelling fresh and clean with one of these litter waste disposal system.
1. Be realistic.
Cat poop stinks! But, you know that already.
That’s because cat poop contains a lot of undigested protein. And, if you dump litter clumps of cat urine in there, well, urine contains urease which gives off horrible smells when breaking down.
This is compounded by the fact that some cat meals take time to digest and most cats have a drinking problem – they struggle to drink enough water to help the food they’ve eaten digest.
You should try improving your cat’s hydration level with a cat water fountain that’s easy to clean and choose high-quality cat food.
This alone won’t get rid of the stench, but it will reduce it.
2. Get odor-proof bags
If you’re seriously considering one of the litter waste disposal systems that can be used with regular bags to save on refills, then by all means go for it. But, I recommend you get a strong and odor-proof bag like the UBBI Disposable Diaper Pail Bag.
This will prevent odor and bacteria from the weeks of old litter waste at the bottom of the trash bag escaping through the bag into the litter waste disposal system.
3. Simple Odor Hack.
Most of the odor you perceive from a stinky litter box or litter waste disposal system is a buildup of horrible smells that have nowhere to escape.
When you hide your cat litter box and litter waste disposal system in the basement or closet without ventilation, how is clean, fresh air supposed to get in there and replace the old stinky air?
None of these waste disposal systems are completely airtight. Some are better at trapping odors than others, but they all leak smells – it’s a matter of how much and how bad.
So, get some fresh air in there.
Get a standing fan and place it by the window so it can pull the air outside into the house. You can select the lowest speed on the fan, but make sure you angle the air current from the fan to bounce off of a wall.
If you do get an air freshener like the Febreze Air Freshener to eliminate odors, don’t make the mistake most people make.
Most people spray it in the air and walk away, but then 10 minutes later most of the aerosols are on the floor.
Instead, wet a napkin or paper towel with the fragrance and clip it to the fan, your air conditioner, or any other appliance that is generating air current. This way the fragrance slowly evaporates from the napkin into the room.
Do this 5 minutes before and after opening your litter waste disposal system to dump litter waste.
Remember, it is important for fresh air to replace old, stinky air else you will just have a mixture of horrible smell and sweet fragrance – and that’s torture!
What’s the best choice here?
While all these options are great for small spaces, some are better at containing odor than others.
Which one is actually the best for you?
That depends on your preference and number of cats: if you don’t want any smell (even when you open the waste disposal system to dump litter) and you don’t mind the cost of refills, then go for the Litter Genie Plus Pail.
However, if you have more than 1 cat, choose something bigger so you don’t have to throw out bags of litter waste every week.
Remember and follow the tips in the previous section.
Your nose will thank you!