How to get rid of mouse odor

Written by greg lindberg
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Mice can carry disease and unwanted odour from their urine or garbage. Even if the mice are no longer in your home, the smell could remain for days. Removing such odour can be done easily and quickly with little cost by using household products. However, it's important to use products that will kill the bacteria that may cause the odour rather than using candles or air fresheners to simply cover the odour. If the odour can be completely removed within 24 hours, but if the odour remains for several days, determine if there are still mice living in your home.

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Things you need

  • Vacuum
  • Mop
  • Disinfectant spray
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Cloth
  • Odour absorber
  • Mint plants

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    Getting Rid of Mouse Odor

  1. 1

    Locate any dead mice in your house. Wear plastic gloves, and place the dead mice into a sealable plastic bag.

  2. 2

    Clean your house and areas where the mice were found. Vacuum all carpet, mop all tile and clean the inside of your kitchen cabinets with disinfectant spray. If the odour remains in your carpet or hardwood floor, continue to Step 3.

  3. 3

    Pour 2 cups of vinegar into a spray bottle, and spray around the areas where the smell is the strongest. The vinegar is safe carpet and wood, but should not be used on furniture or leather. If you can smell the mouse odour on your carpet or furniture, spray the area once and let it sit for five minutes. Wipe up any vinegar spray using a cool, damp cloth.

  4. 4

    Place an odour absorber that is specific to pest and animal odours near the source of the odour. Odour absorber products include Fridge-It, Pet Odor Absorber and Visor Fresh. Consider lighting heavy-scented candles near the area.

  5. 5

    Place household mint plants in your kitchen, window sills and any place where there was strong mouse odour. Mint is a natural deterrent for mice and also helps keep your house smelling fresh.

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