Tuesday, February 19, 2013

IRISH SPRING SOAP FOR MICE


What?

Getting dirty on the farm? (wait, that didn't sound right!) No!
Mouse bathing?  No, this isn't a mouse B&B!

We bought all this soap because we have still had a couple of mice show up in the mouse traps we put down.  No overwhelming infestation, but one or two a month is one or two too many in my book.  One of you commented in my post about the mouse problem a few months back that Irish Spring soap was a deterrent.  I decided to Google it to learn more and I found numerous references online to people using it that way.  

So, I went out and bought an 8-pack of "original scent" which is apparently the one that works best.  It was kind of hard to find in original scent at the store, but after a few stops, I found them at a grocery store.  However, Amazon sells Irish Spring Soap, Original for those who can't find it at their local store.

I decided to make it go even further by cutting each bar in half.  Eight bars became sixteen.  I scattered them around the house in the closets, under end tables and couches, under the sinks, in cabinets, and I even tossed some under the bookcases.


Field mouse, please go away

Hey, it can't hurt, right?  I guess time will tell.  They've been in use for a week now and there were no mice in traps.  Perhaps it's working?
I'll definitely keep you posted.

UPDATE 10/2013

I've been regularly putting these down, and I can say we have definitely had much FEWER mice but we do occasionally get one.  We've got traps down, a couple in each room and so we get a mouse or two each month.

The smell of of Irish Spring is not for everyone and honestly it does get to be too much for us at times so I've toned down the usage.  I started cutting back a bit, just keeping it around the areas I think mice are coming in (around pipes under sinks in kitchen and bathroom).  It does wear out (the smell) in about a month, so it's probably more effective in the beginning of putting it down.

I'm still on the lookout for anything that might work the same way, so feel free to comment below anytime!

62 comments:

  1. If nothing else the farmhouse will have a nice clean smell!

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    1. You know, that's true. In fact, this past weekend, I was expecting it to be really strong, seeing as the house was sealed up for a week, but it was very subtle and actually kind of nice. I just hope the mice don't think so, ha.

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  2. bahahahahahahah at Tonya above! yes, please keep us posted if this works and maybe it's just an east coast canadian thing but i haven't seen irish spring soap in years!!!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. It did smell nice! Hmm, no Irish Spring soap huh? If it works, maybe I should have some to include in our next giveaway, LOL. Big hugs to you and J!

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  3. And if it doesn't work, then the mice can clean their little feet so that they don't leave dirty marks all over the place...

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    1. Ha, there is always that huh? Too funny!! :-)

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  4. Ooh I wonder if I can get that in New Zealand, or similar? We've never seen a mouse in the cottage, but we found a Mum and 4 babies living in our box of Xmas decorations out in the shed... so I know they're about. Unless Santa seriously got it wrong! Lol. Thx for the tip!

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    1. Not a merry Christmas huh? Ha. It's worth a shot.

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  5. We haven't caught many mice this winter in the traps in the house. Two theories are - we had quit feeding the birds for a time and there are a couple of new cats in the area we have seen roaming around. But I know the mice are still here - I opened up a garbage can we keep sunflower seeds in and saw evidence of a recent mouse visit. Oh, well, we all have to live together... But I prefer that they stay outside!!! We have lots of Irish Spring soap - Costco size purchases - will try putting a few bars in rooms we don't use much where the mice have hidden in the past. Thanks for the tip!

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    1. Don't worry about the smell either it's strong in the beginning but fades after a couple of days and then actually smells fresh and clean. I agree, we all have to live together, they just need to do it outside, away from the house, ha. Good luck!

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  6. I've never heard of using Irish Spring soap bars to deter mice. Please update us in a couple of weeks/month and let us know how it's working. If this works, I will keep this as a reference for future use if this problem comes up.

    I had a funny thought of seeing a mouse showering in your shower with the Irish Spring soap, lol

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    1. Ha, I could see a mouse all wet and lathering up, ha. So far, knock on wood, so good. No evidence of mice and no 'sprung traps'. Fingers crossed.

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    1. Hey, my thinking is a) it's inexpensive, b) it smells clean and c) it can't hurt. :-)

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  8. Keep us updated. I want a mouse deterrent for our camper!
    Blessings,
    Lorilee

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    1. Working good so far. I think it might be good in a smaller space like a camper, as long as you like the smell, ha.

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  9. If this works, I may try it on rats. I had one in my house that is no longer here. I expect a visit any day since I cannot believe that he died one day after I reluctantly put out poison. Hmmm, maybe the raccoon in my attic would not like Irish Spring either. The smell leaves me in sneezing fits, but that is better than critters in the house.

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    1. I like these sort of home remedies, it can't hurt, right (other than your sneezing, sorry it causes that for you). The smell goes away after a day or two (the strong smell). Hope it helps you.

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  10. I have also heard of using it tied to bushes to keep deer away. My brother uses it in his summer house when it is closed for the winter. He grates the bars on a cheese grater and puts it around on paper plates.

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    1. Wow, not that's a great suggestion. I will definitely have to remember that. And grating it? That's ingenious. Probably helps with the smell being more concentrated as well. Thank you!!!

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  11. We slice it into thick curls for our off season house. It keeps mice away quite well without the carcinogenic properties of the dryer sheets that we humans don't care for so much.

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    1. Well, heck, grating, never thought of it and now shaving into curls, never thought of that too. Thank you!!! Glad to hear some more positive recommendation for it as well. Thanks!

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  12. I wish I would of know that before I did something real dumb. And I should of checked with someone / even the internet first. I had my husband throw a box of moth balls under our crawl space. By 9 pm we were not feeling good and our house smelled like moth balls. So 30 degrees outside we turned off the heat, opened all windows and turned on the cold air on the furnace. We are 3 wks later and all the moth balls my hubby removed from the crawl space; we have put vinegar in containers and baking soda and then we open all the windows. I am not sure when the smell will go away. It must be trapped in the carpet pad, carpet and any pocket in the house to keep the smell trapped. ( like under the washer and dryer we smell) Readers do not do this to your home, it is very dangerous to your health and the house will never smell the same again. P.S. even wrapped in blanket I have a horrible cold.

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    1. Well, first I'm so sorry you had that result. I had thought about mothballs but wasn't sure. I figured I'd try this first. I was just randomly trying something as well. Hope all get's well for you!! Come back and visit soon! And hope you feel better.

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  13. I am going to see if Amazon will send this soap to New Zealand. Sounds exactly what I need!

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    1. I hope they do. I'd offer to send you some but not sure exactly how I'd go about that, ha. Good luck!!

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  14. great tips... thanks for posting it!

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  15. I just saw this post in your sidebar, and am wondering how effective the soap was in keeping mice away. Ever since I had some plumbing done, I've had an occasional mouse getting in - I'm SURE the plumbers didn't bother filling in the little extra space around each pipe where it goes through the floor, and now those "entryways" are under cabinets and completely out of reach - ARGH!!!
    Can't say I enjoy the smell of Irish Spring, but compared to mice in the house? Maybe I could learn to love it!

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    1. We have had much FEWER mice but we still get an occasional one. I've got traps down, a couple in each room, and there are definitely fewer. To be honest, I used to like the smell but when there is some in each room it's a bit much even for me. I'm toning it down and keeping them just under the sinks where I think our mice are coming in. I will update this post for those who come across it, thanks for the reminder. Oh, side note, it does wear off after awhile. I would think it wouldn't hurt to drop some cut up pieces into the area where the pipes are.

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    2. Thanks so much for the follow-up! Much appreciated! I will give it a try. :)

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  16. You mention that you're putting soap around pipes where you think the mice are entering your home. If you can get to the gaps, you might try putting steel or copper wool in them.

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    1. Oooh, great idea, I had read that once somewhere and forgot about that. Great idea! I'm off tomorrow to buy some steel wool to take out this weekend.

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  17. Peppermint oil is what I had always heard to repell rodents. You soak cottonballs in the oil and put them where the mice are hiding out or coming in. I've even heard of people planting mint around the house to head them off at the pass.

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    1. I could do that. And I like the idea of mint around the house. It's invasive and I say 'go for it', go forth and multiply (the mint, NOT the mice, LOL).

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  18. I too have heard of pepermint oil. Its not very expensive either. Try amazon or a vitamin type store.

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    1. Thank you, I'm going to check that out. Thanks!!

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    2. In central Canada the Peppermint oil does nothing sad to say.

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  19. My mice like it; they have munched it off and on for months, which surprises me. Who'd thought anything would eat soap; not just any soap but only the Irish Spring? They haven't touched the pellets I have set out. Hmm, maybe the soap zapped them, even though I dislike harming any critters. If only it would deter the battalions of ants! That vinegar wash isn't doing the job.

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    1. LOL! They were eating it? Wow. I haven't seen any munching on ours yet, but I'll keep my eye on it.

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  20. I am going to give this a try. As you said, it can't hurt and it's not too bad smelling so long as it doesn't get too strong... Thanks for the tip.

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    1. You know that was what I thought, it can't hurt and I actually don't mind the smell, ha. We have still had a few mice, but not as many as last year, so it's possible it is helping. Unless they are eating it ha.

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  21. This article is so funny, because I put 5 bars of Irish Spring in a car I have stored at a self-storage facility (outdoors). I have been having a *terrible* time with mice getting in it, and even red squirrels. I have no idea how they are getting in. It is very frustrating.

    So I nust laughed and laughed because I cut up my bars just like you did - though never in fewer than 4 pieces. And just this weekend, I visited the car for the first time since the bars were put inside in September. Oh yes - I also have six plastic cups, each containing 3 - 5 mothballs under the engine hood.

    So the verdict is, mice eat irish spring. They've been eating it. I didn't think it would happen, but I was warned. And it did happen.

    Killing the mice in traps makes the car stink of dead mice, and I live a couple hundred miles away from the car.

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    1. OH OH! Yikes! I haven't seen any eaten pieces of soap, so maybe our mice don't like it, ha. I need to keep a closer eye on it. Still even with the soap, we've had some mice appear in traps. Of course the soap isn't everywhere but oh well. We might have to try some of the other suggestions above. thanks for sharing!!

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  22. We put Irish Spring in an drawer in an RV. They ate a lot of the soap and the drawer was full of mouse droppings but there wasn't any in other drawers that did not have the soap. Looks like it attracts them.
    Does it kill them if they eat the soap?

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    1. You know I'm not sure what it does to them. I'm guessing it can't be good for them, ha. Sorry they are eating it. I wonder if different varieties of mice might act differently? I'm about ready to try something else. Maybe it works for a few weeks and then they wise up, ha. Thanks again for sharing!!

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    1. Mice are definitely bizarre little creatures. Thanks for stopping by, I saw your 'greetings from Ireland' comment, thanks so much!!

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  24. Mice ate some of my soap. I wondered why my Dove and a piece of the Irish Spring were on the floor. Then, when I picked it up, I saw teeth holes. I think they were trying to take it home to share.

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    1. Oh my gosh, do you know that a few times I was checking them, I thought that maybe they had been moved. I didn't see teeth marks but the did seem like they fell out of the tray they were in and I chalked it up to accidentally kicking it or bumping it while moving stuff around. Yikes!

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  25. I left a bar of Dial soap in the basement on a cabinet because it smells so good and the smell really lasts a long time. Some time later I noticed some mouse droppings on the cabinet, then I noticed that the soap had bite marks all over it. I put out a mouse trap and baited it with the soap shavings ~ so far I've caught two mice in two days.. This happened last year also, and I just left the bar of soap laying out where it was after no more mice were caught.. A couple of days ago, I checked the area and the bar was almost eaten up and there were mouse droppings galore! This makes me think that the BAR OF SOAP ITSELF is what attracted the mice in the first place! Critters won't stay in a place if there's no food or water for them, but who would have thought SOAP would be food for them!

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  26. Last year I left a bar of Dial soap in the basement on a cabinet because it smells so good and the smell really lasts a long time. Later, I noticed some mouse droppings on the cabinet by the soap and also noticed bite marks on the soap. I put out mouse traps (baited w/peanut butter) and caught a couple, then no more. I had left the soap on the cabinet and a couple of days ago I was in the basement and noticed mouse droppings again, and the bar of soap was almost completely eaten up! So, I baited a mouse trap with the soap and have already caught two in two days. I think the SOAP is what has ATTRACTED the mice in the first place! Critters won't stay in a place if there's no food source or water, but who would have thought soap would be food for them!

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    1. DOUBLE YIKES!! I do love the smell, but with these comments, I might just have to check it out next time and maybe it's time to pull it all up for a bit. Wow, thanks again. I'll definitely update this post with new details. :-)

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  27. I don't know if I can do the Irish Spring Soap thing, it gives me a headache. May try a few shavings
    in the closet. As for the peppermint route, I've bought pure peppermint oil, put it in a spray bottle with a little water and sprayed the baseboards and in my dresser drawers, even put unwrapped
    peppermint gum in the dresser drawers and it maybe worked for less than a week. I even caught
    a mouse eating a candy cane, so much for the peppermint. Would love to find something besides
    traps and glueboards. Also something for ANTS! Thanks.
    Linda

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    1. Thanks for the info. I often wonder if maybe different mice in different places just adapt to different things. Or maybe they have different "tastes', ha. I guess the better trap/deterrent is the ever elusive invention, ha. Thanks!!!

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    2. Use the Green Irish Spring Original with the very strong smell. works to repel mice around my house for aprox 2-3 weeks. My neighbour uses the Blue Irish Spring MoistureBlast which has a mild smell. that does not work for my neighbour. She say she has more mice now. Good luck!

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  28. The mice are gnawing away on the soap. :( Surely, it has to kill them. :)

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    1. I noticed ours moved, at least in my mind I remember it where it was and it seems moved. I would think it can't be good for them but who knows. I' not sure if it works for the long term. Fingers crossed!

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  29. We've sprinkled cats around the outside of our house and that seems to have done the trick. Not a single mouse inside the house this past winter! I saw a documentary that showed how mice and rats actually make a mental map of where food is, along with other items. Maybe changing where you place the bars (or other deterrents) every few weeks or months would help. I've heard cayenne pepper helps with deer in the gardens, I wonder if it would help with mice. Also just heard that cats and dog hair sprinkled around gardens helps keep away rabbits. Our .22 works the best, I think. I have other remedies, too. Maybe I need to do a post on them all and see what works for people. Hmmm.

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    1. Now that made me laugh. I'd love to sprinkle some cats around, ha. We could have cat hair to place around, that's not a problem. And as a back up, yeah, a .22 as well, ha. Thanks for the tips!!

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  30. A shotgun or Irish Spring soap?

    The deer in our Washington, DC, suburb are rapidly reclaiming their territory from the human takeover 50 years ago. War has been declared, but so far local governments haven’t approved the wholesale use of shotguns, so residents are resorting to other tactics. I personally chase the deer around our quarter-acre property with a super-soaker water gun filled with deer deterrent. That sort of works to protect my hostas, lilies, and shrubs, but only when I am on duty. The enemy deer now attack quite successfully from midnight to dawn.

    A friend recommended Irish Spring soap. He hangs if from peripheral trees and bushes to deter the deer from entering the property. He has had only moderate success, but any success is good. So I tried it.

    I cut the bars in half, drilled a hole in one end, and put the soap on a skewer. I then planted the soapcicles around my hostas and lilies and at the back edge of our property. Two days later my deer defense was gone, all 20 soapcicles, sticks included, were gone. Disappeared. No trace. Where, oh where had my soapcicles gone I wondered. I finally concluded it must have been curious neighborhood children who couldn’t resist soapcicles.

    Next, I cut the Irish Spring bars into thirds and placed them discretely and strategically in among the hostas and lilies, like land mines. I even grated some and sprinkled it along the periphery to establish battle lines. Less than a week later, all traces of my munitions have disappeared. So, it likely is not curious neighborhood children.

    What is eating Irish Spring soap? Is this critter roaming around the neighborhood burping soap bubbles and smelling decidedly like a clean human? More important, how can I escalate this war without a shotgun?

    Desperate in Reston

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  31. My 94 year old Dad (still living on his own, except I chop his firewood now) had a mouse. He put out a trap. I was over, heard a little noise and SNAP! I looked and saw a flat, grey furry form in it. Call me silly I can sit through 2 autopsies before lunch but I didn't want to dispose of the mouse, so I waited for Dad to come back from his walk. He reached under the sink ad started laughing The "mouse" was a Brillo pad, for cleaning pots and pans; the box had fallen over and spilled one onto the trap.

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  32. hello good to hear all this info on ridding of mice, I'm in Alberta Canada and yes we have mice not rats thank goodness! I store my summer car in my garage covered and with Original scent Irish sping soap for 9 years now and haven't seen any mice droppings. Seems to work as I put a whole bar in the trunk hanging and also inside hanging on my signal light stick on my steering wheel. I know they are in the garage over winter and I use the sonic devise plugged in the electicial outlet which has a high frequest sound to keep them out of the garage as it hurts their ears but they still come into the garage but not in my car.

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