How to Get Rid of Mice With Cotton Balls & Vinegar

Few things are creepier and more annoying than knowing a mouse is roaming around your house. If you have spotted a mouse in your home, you are not alone. Many households must deal with mice at some point. These unwelcome roommates often head for warm and cozy homes when the weather starts getting cold and food becomes scarce. One of the worst problems about these critters is that they can breed surprisingly fast. Since mice have a natural aversion to vinegar; rid your home of mice with cotton balls and vinegar before the problem gets out of hand.


Step 1

Inspect your home for any spilled crumbs of food inside of cupboards or pantries where mice often frequent. Check nooks and crannies of your home for spilled food, and clean these areas with one part vinegar and one part water. Vacuum your home, and mop all the rooms to remove any traces of food that could attract mice.

Step 2

Prepare the cotton balls right before you are about to use them for best results because the smell of vinegar will be strongest. Don plastic gloves. Hold the cotton ball in your hand, and pour the vinegar over the cotton ball until it's saturated. Keep a bowl underneath to catch the excess vinegar. Repeat this technique for as many cotton balls as you need.

Step 3

Place the saturated cotton balls in any areas that mice are likely to visit such as in cabinets, under the sink, on counters, in the back of closets and under the stove. Cram the cotton ball into crevices or small holes that could be a potential entry point for mice before you repair it to deter mice from chewing through the repaired area.

Step 4

Replace the cotton balls when they look very dry and you can no longer smell the vinegar when you get close to it. The scent of vinegar is no longer detectable once it dries. Toss away used cotton balls.

Step 5

Check to see if vinegar soaked cotton balls have served as a deterrent if there isn't any more evidence of a mouse. For example, the cotton-soaked vinegar balls are working if you no longer see mice or mice droppings in places that you normally store food. Another way to tell if this method is working is if the scratching in the walls that mice often make when they scurry around has stopped. This method is simply a deterrent to get rid of mice, not a way to kill mice.