Different brands of cat litter can be made from different materials such as pine, wheat, dried silica gel or bentonite clay. Clay-based litters are the most common and the most cost-effective. For the purpose of absorbing moisture in a room, any cat litter will work, though clay and silica gel cat litters are the most absorbent.
How to Use Cat Litter to Absorb Moisture
Using cat litter to absorb moisture in a room is an easy task that takes only a few minutes to set up. To use, simply pour the cat litter into a container and then place it in the room. The cat litter can be put into a plastic bowl with holes poked in the lid or the lid can simply be left off. It can also be poured into a sock, which is then tied closed and placed wherever needed; though this is somewhat less visually appealing. Cat litter moisture contraptions should be changed out every one to two weeks, as needed depending on the severity of moisture in the room.
Other Indoor Locations of Excessive Moisture
Cat litter can also be used to absorb moisture in other areas of the home as well. For example, if moisture is an issue at the bottom of trash cans, then sprinkling a layer of cat litter at the bottom of the trash can will help remedy the situation. The litter should be replaced as needed. In humid basements, particularly after a heavy rain, an open container of cat litter can be used to absorb the excess moisture. A small container of cat litter can also aid in removing moisture and odors in refrigerators.
Outdoor Moisture Control Uses for Cat Litter
Outside the home, cat litter can also benefit in moisture control. This includes inside boats, where moisture can be a serious issue, or in campers and RVs. Simply place a few open containers around the boat, RV or camper. The cat litter will absorb not only the moisture, but also the mildew and odors, according to Boat Safe, an online boating resource. Be sure to replace the cat litter regularly, as it will lose its effectiveness once it has absorbed all the moisture it can hold.
Additional Uses for Cat Litter
After exercise, socks filled with cat litter can be placed into the shoes to absorb the sweat and odor. Socks filled with litter can also be placed in closets for moisture and odor control.Cat litter can also be used to absorb fresh oil or grease stains in driveways. Simply pour the litter on, let it sit for a few minutes, then sweep up.
Jennifer Gittins began freelance writing in 2006. Her articles have appeared on the websites of "Wall Street Journal" and "USA Today." Gittins enjoys covering a variety of topics, including pet care, green living, interior design, architecture and gardening. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in interior design and an associate's degree in architecture.