Don't Be Catty: Stay Away from Clay
Do you love cats? Does at least one cat allow you to live in their home or office? If so, chances are you've got bags of clay kitty litter around, which is also purrrfect for spill clean up, right? WRONG! Clay is a truly toxic substance for cats, humans and spill clean up. Here's why:
- Clay makes more of a mess. Because clay is an adsorbent not an absorbent, it won't soak up the spill; the liquid will just coat the clay, leaving an oily, wet film on the floor. Now you have an even bigger spill clean up problem!
- Clay is hot stuff literally. When clay combines with biofuels, turpentine, vegetable oil or other unsaturated organic compounds (such as fish oil) it can generate heat even fire. Then you'll have a real hazard on your hands.
- Clay is a four-letter word for "ruined tools". Tracking is useful when hunting, but not for spill clean up. Because clay doesn't absorb well, you need to leave it in place to "soak up" the spill. This means the clay and spill are likely to wind up where they don't belong: all over the floor and in your machinery. Uh-oh.
- Clay is cheap to buy but expensive to use. Don't be shortsighted when it comes to spill clean up. Increased disposal and labor costs add up fast. Clay is heavy. The average bag weighs 50 pounds, making it hard to apply and remove.
- Clay clogs your drains. Loose clay finds its way into everything even plumbing.
- Clay contains harmful silica dust. Why expose yourself to a known health hazard? Have you read the label on a bag of clay lately? Here's an example of the warnings:
- "CONTAINS FREE SILICA"
- "DO NOT BREATHE DUST"
- "MAY CAUSE DELAYED LUNG INJURY (SILICOSIS)"
- "FOLLOW OSHA SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS FOR CRYSTALLINE SILICA (A KNOWN CARCINOGEN)"
- Available in small, easy to lift bags, bottles or buckets
- Super absorbent, which means you use less
- Completely non-toxic
- FDA approved
- Safe for landfill disposal
- A time, labor, and money saver.