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How to Make Homemade Cat Litter

Homemade cat litter is biodegradable, which is environmentally friendly. Plus, it contains no chemicals that can be harmful to your pet. And best of all, you can make it at home easily and save money doing it.
5-Minute Crafts will show you 4 methods for making your own cat litter.

Method 1: sawdust

Sawdust is environmentally friendly and biodegradable. In addition, you can get it for free at construction sites or carpentry shops, which also makes it a more economic option. However, keep in mind that sawdust can be a carcinogen, and if that’s the case, it’s better to use wood shavings.

What you’ll need:

  • A sandbox
  • Sawdust
  • Water
  • 2 tsp of baking soda
  • Ecological or biodegradable detergent
  • A spray bottle


  1. The first thing to do is remove the sawdust to prevent the cat from hurting itself.
  2. Wash the sawdust with the ecological detergent and then rinse it.
  3. Boil the water and add the baking soda. Leave for 2 minutes and remove it from the heat. Let it cool.

4. Fill the bottle and sprinkle the sawdust, which is already in the sandbox, with baking soda.

5. Let it dry in the sun, then it will be ready for use.

Method 2: construction sand

It’s a fairly inexpensive method to replace commercial sand since you can get sand as waste from any given construction site close to your home. In addition, it provides absorbent properties and clumps together to make cleaning the sandbox easier.

What you’ll need:

  • A sandbox
  • A sand sifter or strainer
  • Sand
  • 2 tsp of baking soda


  1. Sieve the sand through a sifter to remove any debris that may be in the future litter.
  2. Mix with baking soda, which also works as an odor absorber for feline waste.
  3. Add the mixture to the litter box.

Method 3: recycled paper

You can always use recycled newspaper or any other type of paper to make a sandbox at home. It’s cheap and easy. However, keep in mind that you’ll need quite a lot of it to make sure that it absorbs all the cat’s waste well enough.

What you’ll need:

  • A sandbox
  • Newspaper
  • A strainer
  • Gloves
  • Warm water
  • 2 tsp of baking soda
  • Ecological biodegradable detergent


  1. Shred the recycled newspaper that you’re going to use.
  2. Soak it in warm water and neutral detergent so that the pieces have the right consistency.
  3. Let it cool, then strain.

4. Add cold water and baking soda. The mixture is now ready to make balls with the paper. Put on gloves so that they don’t stick to your hands.

5. Strain it for the last time and let it all dry in the sun. Once dry, the balls are ready to be added to the sandbox.

Method 4: corn, cassava, or wheat

1. Cornmeal: A good way to make homemade litter is to use some cornmeal. It’s biodegradable and, on top of that, when it comes in contact with cat litter, it forms solid lumps, which makes it way easier to clean the litter box.

However, it’s recommended to add a teaspoon of baking soda in order to prevent bad odor from escaping.

2. Wheat: Buy ground wheat or wheat grains and grind them. Ideally, they should not be too fine. Put everything in the sandbox and add baking soda to help reduce the odor. You can also add a little cornmeal or cassava flour.

3. Cassava flour: Mix cornmeal with cassava flour and place everything in the sandbox. This will adhere to the cat’s waste, forming blocks to make cleaning easier.

Note: Make sure your pet does not want to eat the mixture. If you notice that this happens, use another option.

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