How to Remove Mouse Droppings

If a mouse has entered your home, chances are you'll find some mouse dropping, perhaps on the pantry floor or in a cupboard.

Clean up any mouse droppings immediately.Clean up any mouse droppings immediately.
Do not handle mouse droppings casually, and don't wait to clean them up. Mouse droppings may carry a serious disease called hantavirus. If any particles from the droppings become airborne, they can be inhaled. Fortunately, with some precautions, you can safely and easily remove the mouse droppings and disinfect the area.

Mix 1 1/2 cups of chlorine bleach with 1 gallon of water. Pour this over all the mouse droppings to get them wet to prevent any particles from becoming airborne. Do this as soon as you spot the droppings, even if you're not yet prepared to clean them up.

Wear disposable rubber gloves that are free from holes. Pick up the droppings and put them in a plastic bag.

Wash the area where the droppings were located with the bleach water. Use paper towels or old rags.

Place the paper towels or rags and the rubber gloves in the plastic bag. Tie up or seal the bag and discard it in an outdoor trash can.

Wash your hands thoroughly with hot soapy water.

Things You Will Need

  • Bleach
  • Container
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towels or old rags
  • Plastic bags

About the Author

Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.