Budget101 Discussion List Archives Pet Care Cleaning the litter box

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    • #271010

      ok I have a stupid question that is in debate within the house. Say you are cleaning the litter box, you have emptied the litter and washed it out etc. Is there any danger in pouring the water from the wash out (if there is nothing left in there) down the kitchen sink, as long as you soak a disinfect cleaner in the sink afterwards? No dirty water etc just rinse after it has been cleaned. I know this sounds gross but we are actually arguing about this around here and I was told to ask the next 10 people I talked to, so I thought I would ask here lol i have a friend who says as long as you disinfect the sink it is fine.:062:

    • #415926

      I would think that as long as there was not still litter in the box when you clean it out with the water that it would be fine to pour out down the sink then sanitize your sink afterwards. Personally I toss the liquid outside, just a mental thing for me. 🙂

    • #415927

      @wilbe95 109454 wrote:

      I would think that as long as there was not still litter in the box when you clean it out with the water that it would be fine to pour out down the sink then sanitize your sink afterwards. Personally I toss the liquid outside, just a mental thing for me. 🙂

      Thanks I agree my other half doesn’t on the other hand lol

    • #415943

      I put it down the drain and then just sanitize or Dawn it down. 🙂

    • #415954

      this sounds gross

      I really couldn’t handle the thought of even a rinse from the cleaned litter box, in the kitchen. Just a thought / why couldn’t the final rinse be done where ever the cleaning of the box went on. Wash/rinse & sanitized inside and out & out of the kitchen — yuck to me …..Off with the heads!! The kitchen is for cooking / and now the whole kitchen would have to be santized..

    • #415978

      I don’t think it would be a problem if the sink was sanitized afterwards. But, I also agree with the ewwww factor. LOL Personally, I rinse my litter boxes out with the garden hose so all the dirty water is dumped outside.

    • #415985

      Well the Bio Chemist comes out in me at times like this! Personally the kitchen is already crawling with germs and crap most folks wouldn’t even want to know about. I’d be rinsing that sucker in the bathroom and dumping it down the toilet where that type of waste was meant to be. No use adding more bacteria to an area that’s already crawling with stuff!

    • #415989

      ok this is how the entire story went. It is a wind chill of less than 24 here so washing it outside is not an option at the moment. She was washing it out in the bathroom and was run out of the bathroom for a “bathroom emergency” lol it’s a very small bathroom. Since the litterbox was pretty well cleaned she put more water in it and dumped it down the kitchen sink. Then ran some water with disinfectant in it to clean the kitchen sink. Her hubby came out noticed the cat in the fresh litter box and wanted to know where she finished rinsing the litter box when she told him the kitchen sink he freaked. I agreed with her that the disinfectant should take care of the sink, after all it was just rinse water from an already cleaned box. My other half on the other hand agreed with her other half and it started a conversation here as well as there LOL. So my other half said we will settle it ask the next 10 people you come in contact with to see who they agree with me and him or her and you. So I did.

    • #416230

      Thanks guys for the input

    • #416308

      when the weather is crap or you live up north rinsing outside is not an option (hoses are packed away til spring, faucets turned off etc etc).

      Personally I find that doing a rinse in the kitchen sink would be more difficult because of the size of sink ..

      Did she pull the sink drainer? They usually have some kind of muck on them which would hold whatever was put down the drain

      But assuming you cleaned it – it would probably be ok .. By cleaning I would include the backsplash, and surrounding area

      Would I do it? No (NOTE: I am someone who runs 2 different cutting boards ones for meat and ones for veggies, even if they are cleaned and bleached I don’t mix, they even hang in different areas)

      However I would use the toilet to dump it (assuming not in use), but to be honest there would probably still be splash-age (weight of tray and the length of it = probably flexes)
      There is always some splashing of liquids, even if in fine mist ..

      OR

      the tub – because I need to clean it anyway .. Since I tend to start at the top and work down and I would be doing the doors too, the shower track too .. I know it would be clean afterwards.

      OR

      (most likely) take the water mixture and walk to the street and dump it there (I always wash mine on the street vs my yard, it goes downhill to sewer) .. come back in and do another spray and some water and toss again .. wipe down and put rags in garbage

      Ria

    • #416316

      @ChrisseyP 109527 wrote:

      I don’t think it would be a problem if the sink was sanitized afterwards. But, I also agree with the ewwww factor. LOL Personally, I rinse my litter boxes out with the garden hose so all the dirty water is dumped outside.

      this is How I do it.

      …… BUT to respond to your question…you could dump the water in the tub. Just make sure no litter is in the water when you dump it. It will clog your drains. :041:

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