How to Control Smell in a Rabbit Hutch

The soft, furry pelts and gentle disposition of rabbits have helped them become a common species of small pet.

A clean rabbit hutch will minimize odors.A clean rabbit hutch will minimize odors.
Rabbits require few supplies and very little space to survive, although you should clean hutches often. If not properly cleaned, rabbit odors can become overwhelming. Control smell around your hutch through frequent cleaning and sanitizing.

Remove the rabbit from the hutch, and place it in a large plastic storage container. The container should be at least 24 inches tall to prevent the rabbit from jumping out.

Clean the hutch once a week, and slip on a pair of rubber gloves to protect yourself while cleaning. Humans can contract a number of illnesses from rabbits including parasites and salmonella, and rubber gloves will minimize the chance of contracting an illness.

Reach inside the hutch and throw the soiled bedding in a plastic garbage bag. Rake up feces around the bottom of the hutch and scoop them into the garbage bag with a shovel.

Fill a spray bottle with plain white vinegar and spray the inside and outside of the hutch. Vinegar is acidic while urine and fecal odors are alkaline, and the acid in vinegar neutralizes odors. Allow the hutch to air dry for 1 hour.

Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda inside the hutch and on the ground around the hutch. Baking soda soaks up liquid and helps kill powerful urine odors. Add a fresh layer of baking soda every two days to keep odors down between weekly cleanings.

Add a clean layer of rabbit bedding to the hutch. Spread the bedding in an even layer along the bottom of the hutch, and place the rabbit back inside the freshly bedded hutch.

Things You Will Need

  • Storage container
  • Gloves
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Rake
  • Shovel
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Baking soda
  • Rabbit bedding


  • Saw dust and wood chips are commonly sold as rabbit bedding, but recycled paper bedding is much more absorbent than wood. You can find recycled paper bedding at most pet stores.

About the Author

Louise Lawson has been a published author and editor for more than 10 years. Lawson specializes in pet and food-related articles, utilizing her 15 years as a sous chef and as a dog breeder, handler and trainer to produce pieces for online and print publications.