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How do I get rid of the smell of dead mice? We moved into a rural home about 6 months ago. I have deep cleaned more than once, but can still smell the aroma in a couple of closets.
By Lynne from OK
Good old fashioned vinegar! It kills any odor or stain and when it dries the vinegar smell goes away. I have ferrets so trust me when I say it works. You can spray it on full strength. My mom always used that odor ban stuff, but it reeks to me (I guess its better then decaying rats thou!).
Maybe put a box of baking soda in each closet? There are also odor absorbing compounds you can buy at places like Bed Bath & Beyond.
We had the same problem at our family business only on a larger scale. We purchased a small ozone machine and it has worked miracles.
Believe it or not; kitty litter is a good odor eliminator! Put kitty litter in an open container like a flower pot and set in the closet or put it in an odd sock and tie the sock shut and drape it over the clothes rod. Do this in each closet. You will notice a difference in just a couple of days or so. I am assuming you washed the baseboards and flooring well in the closets with a strong cleaner. If there is carpet on the floor, just sprinkle kitty litter on the carpet and let it set for a week then vacuum it up.
I've heard that Peppermint will help hide the smell until it dissipates. Try Peppermint oil.
How can I get rid of dead mouse smells?
By M Anderson
If it is really a dead mouse smell it will go away in about ten days. Sometimes mice get trapped in walls and can't get out.
Once mice have been in residence in a house they can die in the walls and heating system, making them difficult to find. This page is about rodent odor in walls and vents.