Kitty litter—it’s not just for cats! Check out these seven ways humans can use kitty litter, too. And because sometimes you just have to state the obvious: only use fresh kitty litter for all of the ideas below!

1. Get rid of musty odors

Eliminate musty odors in your closet, drawers, storage closet, basement or attic by putting a shallow, open box of kitty litter in these areas. Likewise, if you want to keep your camping tents and sleeping blankets must-free, put a scoop of kitty litter in an old sock, tie the sock shut, and then place the sock in these items before they get put away in storage.

2. Deodorize stinky shoes

Got stinky shoes? If so, put a couple ounces of kitty litter in a sock and tie the sock shut. Put one kitty litter-filled sock in each of your shoes.

3. Whack-a-Mole

As a South Floridian, the only moles I’ve ever seen are the ones speckled on the skin of sun-worshipers and in the carnival game Whack-a-Mole. But my friends up North have informed me that moles are rodent-like pests that can wreak absolute havoc on your yard and garden. If you’ve got a mole problem, pour kitty litter down the mole holes and tunnels in your yard. Since moles absolutely hate the smell of kitty litter, they’ll be prompted to go find somewhere else to live.

4. Add traction to a car stuck in the snow

During the winter months, keep a bag of kitty litter in your car’s trunk as part of your winter emergency preparedness kit. If your car gets stuck in the snow or ice, you can use the kitty litter for some extra traction for your car’s tires.

5. Keep algae out of a fish pond

To keep your fish pond algae-free, add kitty litter (use 1 pound of kitty litter for every 2000 gallons of circulating pond water). Post-kitty litter dump, your pond will be a little muddy, but it will soon clear up.

6. Dry flowers for preservation

Drying flowers is a great way to preserve special flowers from occasions like weddings, prom, anniversary, and the like. To speed up the drying process, cover the bottom of an airtight container with kitty litter (fine-grained sand or clay-based kitty litters will work best). Then place your flowers on top of the kitty litter and seal the container. A couple of days later, replace the kitty litter with new litter, making sure you don’t crush your flowers in the process. Repeat this process for a week, and you’ll end up with perfectly preserved dried flowers to keep as a memory.

7. Make a detoxifying face mask

I know you’re thinking, “Eww, gross!” But trust me, it’s really not gross at all. Check this out: kitty litter is basically made up of Bentonite clay—the same clay that is used in fancy face masks and spa treatments. When you add water to Bentonite clay, its molecular structure changes and produces an electric charge that pulls toxins and oils away from your skin and into the clay, instead. Here’s how to make a simple kitty litter face mask:

Kitty Litter Face Mask

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of fine-grained, unscented 100% natural kitty litter (check the ingredients and make sure that the kitty litter is made out of all clay and contains no other additives)
  • 2 tablespoons of water

Directions:

  1. Mix the kitty litter and water in a small, microwave-safe bowl until the mixture has a muddy consistency.
  2. Put the mixture in the microwave for 10–20 seconds.
  3. Let the mixture cool and then mix it again for about a minute.
  4. Gently apply the mixture to your T-zone (your forehead, nose, area around the mouth, and chin), taking care not to get it in your eyes or mouth.
  5. Keep the mask on your face for 10 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water and pat your face dry with a towel.
7 Outside-of-the-Box Uses for Kitty Litter