13 Alternative Uses for Kitty Litter

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Replace your shoe inserts and foot spray

Put some litter in a pantyhose foot, tie off the top, and leave overnight. (You can also stash one of these in camping tents, suitcases,

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Photo by: Thinkstock
Replace your shoe inserts and foot spray

Put some litter in a pantyhose foot, tie off the top, and leave overnight. (You can also stash one of these in camping tents, suitcases, picnic coolers, and other items you only use seasonally so that they don't smell quite as fusty coming out of the attic.)

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Tue, Jul 31, 2012 2:50 PM EDT

With three cats marauding the halls of Shine Pets HQ, we don't have a lot of extra kitty litter kicking around. But it does seem, after changing the cat box, like we inevitably have a couple of orphaned cups left over. What to do with the excess?

As it turns out, cat litter has a ton of other household uses, for everything from camping to crafting to cooking. You can totally justify that 40-pound bag - even if you don't currently have a cat. Read on for a baker's dozen clever uses for kitty litter besides in the box.

(Note: For most of these suggestions, we're talking about old-school non-clumping clay litter. Look for bentonite as the active ingredient.)