How to Get Rid of Mice Using Peppermint

Mice can be more than a nuisance, they can be difficult to get rid of and keep away. Using these time-tested techniques may be the answer you have been looking for.

Step 1

Clean your cupboards and drawers. Use a disinfectant cleaner, or bleach in water. This will eliminate any droppings from the mice, as well as kill any germs they may have left behind.

Step 2

Put either a few drops of peppermint oil, or a half stick of peppermint gum on each shelf and in each drawer. The scent of the peppermint will help keep mice away.

Step 3

Keep food covered, and clean up any spills immediately to discourage mice from coming back.

Step 4

Replace peppermint every week, or when you notice the scent disappearing.

Step 5

If you still have mice after using peppermint, try getting a cat.

Jean Lockwood

Jean Lockwood, a freelance writer located in upstate New York, began writing professionally in 2007. Jean's writing experience includes being published in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book, working as a copywriter for Unreel Media, writing a parenting blog for, and writing reviews for homeschooling websites.