When the Litter Robot Open Air Smells Bad: How to Clean It

This summer, Charlie, Trigg and I headed down to my parents’ lake house for a fun weekend with Caymus, Muprhy, my sister, her fiancee and my parents. I decided to bring the Litter Robot with me – it rode in my passenger seat.

When I got home, I decided to give it another thorough cleaning (since the last one) because I hadn’t done it in awhile – and even though it is a self-cleaning litter box, it still needs some TLC every now and again.  I mean, it’s processing pee and poop on a daily basis, for pete’s sake!

Litter-Robot recommends that you wipe it down every month or so, depending on the frequency of use. And then a couple of times a year, they suggest this deep cleaning of the Litter-Robot like I have done in the video below.

How to Clean the Litter Robot Open Air Video

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Cleaning the Litter Robot – My First Time:

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Replace the Carbon Filter

Another thing to consider changing or replacing is the carbon filter in the drawer – if that has had it’s life expectancy, then switching it out with a new one will help your Litter-Robot have no smell (as long as you have cleaned the rest of the unit).  You can grab a new set of carbon filters on Litter-Robot’s website.

Do you have a Litter-Robot?  Have you ever had to clean it?  How did it go?

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. Yes, it may be pricey BUT it’s worth every cent! My friends thought I was goofy BUT not anymore! I have 4 cats, 3 girls and one boy.
    The male won’t use it so he has his own private box! I’ve had it for 4 years and no mechanical problems! I highly recommend this item, it’s wonderful.

  2. Wendy Silverman Tobiska says:

    I have cleaned our Open Air lll outside with a hose after taking it apart, cleaned it indoors after removing the bonnet (electronics) with a clean wet rag (the plastic bladder especially), and a couple times a week there are areas on the bladder I wipe out with a wet paper towel to “tidy” it up. I have two cats using it and a third (kitten) joining our household in January. I still believe doing occasional cleaning is way easier than scooping everyday. We love our Litter Robot, especially because I felt like I was breathing in dust the old way, (I use Dr. Elsey’s). This has been a game changer for me. I resisted because of the cost of the unit, but this purchase was totally worth it a thousand times over.

    1. Glad to hear you are enjoying it and it’s working well for your household – thanks for sharing your experience.

  3. Happy Holiday/Christmas Caturday, Floppycatters!!! Great LR post and videos, Jenny! As usual, your information on the use, care and upkeep of the amazing LR is SUPER PAWESOME!!! 🙂 <3

    Great info and great videos! If I had one of these litter boxes then I would be an expert at set-up, daily care, necessary upgrades, remote use & check-ins, routine maintenance & cleaning for sure just based on YOUR INFO & VIDEOS provided!!! Truly!!! 🙂 <3


    Big hugs & lots of love!!!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

    1. I took that video this summer, and I was inspired to post it because we need to clean our LR again =).

      1. I remember both of those videos from previous viewings. Great job on both!! Lurved the intro to the original cleaning video with you in the orange-ish shirt holding Charlie and that big, beautiful smile on your face!!! 🙂 <3

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