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.

| April/May 1999

  • keep animals out of trash
    If critters keep breaking into your outdoor trash, try this tonic to keep them away.
    PHOTO: FOTOLIA/REDAV

  • keep animals out of trash

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






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