Keep Animals Out of Outdoor Trash Cans

Tips for keeping critters out of the trash can, removing skunk odors, deterring deer from eating your produce and loosening rusted screws.

keep animals out of trash

If critters keep breaking into your outdoor trash, try this tonic to keep them away.


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MOTHER'S readers send in their best tips. 

• If four-legged critters are having a heyday in your outdoor trash cans, mix up the following recipe:

2 tablespoons liquid dish soap
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
1 quart warm water

Spray liberally over trash to keep varmints at bay.

• To remove skunk odor from pets, bathe them in a mixture of:

1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
1 tablespoon liquid dish soap

Follow with a good, thorough rinsing.

• Loosen tight screws by putting a couple of drops of hydrogen peroxide on them; let soak until the screws turn back and forth easily.

• If Bambi is using your yard as a buffet, try planting some of these deer-repelling, fragrant herbs: catmint, chives, garlic, onions. lavender, sage, spearmint, thyme, and yarrow.

Karen Ann Bland
Gove, Kansas