Vinegar Rat Repellent – How To Use It

Vinegar Rat Repellent

There are natural ways that can help you deter rats. Rats do find some odors repulsive (garlic, black pepper for instance). Which considering rats are happy living in the sewers, is very strange, right? In this post, we are going to look at vinegar rat repellent ideas. Does vinegar work? Do rats like the smell of vinegar? How can you use it to deter rats? Let’s take a look…

Vinegar Rat Repellent - How To Use It

What you will learn in this post:

  1. Can you use vinegar as a rat repellent?
  2. Which vinegar is the best option for repelling rats?
  3. 5 ways you can use vinegar as a rat repellent.

Vinegar Rat Repellent How To Use It

Using Vinegar As A Rat Repellant – Does It Work?

Yes – vinegar does work well as a rat repellant, although you have to keep in mind that the scent needs to be strong enough to deter them.

If you are using a vinegar rat repellent, then you need to consider using it in constricted areas to stop the odor from dissipating too much. As the smell becomes less and less pungent, it is less effective at deterring rats.

I have tested using vinegar and the rat actively avoided that particular area. Having said that, I was testing in a constricted area.

Which Vinegar Is Best?

Without a doubt, white vinegar is the best option for deterring rats.

Whichever option you choose from the 5 below, you should be using white vinegar for rats.

You can use other vinegar options, but white is by far the best!

5 Ways You Can Use Vinegar As A Rat Repellent

Here are the 5 best vinegar rat repellent options! Each one of them will help you to deter rats.

Vinegar As A Rat Repellent Infographic

Cotton Balls

This is one of the most effective ways of using vinegar as a rat repellent.

All you need to do is soak a handful of common cotton balls in white vinegar and leave then in areas where you have noticed rat activity.

You can either add them to a dish or leave them to spread the vinegar over the area that you have placed them.

Using cotton balls is an excellent idea if you have noticed areas of rat urine that you need to clean. Simply place these balls over the area where rats have urinated and the vinegar soaks in and cleans it further. It’s awesome for wood!


This is even easier! Pour a cup full of white vinegar and leave it is an area where you have noticed rat activity.

The scent will be strong enough to deter rats. You can also use dishes scattered in larger areas to make sure it is covered.

If you are doing this in an area where the scent will disperse quickly (well ventilated, large area) then make sure to change these every week.


Make up a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water. Add in a teaspoon full of salt too.

Mix this spray thoroughly! Then apply it in areas where you have noticed rats have been. Any areas where you have noticed rat urine, feces, or chewed items.

This spray is very effective at deterring rats and cleaning up after them. You probably already have the required ingredients! Give it a go!

Add To Cleaning Equipment

When using anti-bacterial sprays, or other equipment, you can add white vinegar to these products to add in a natural rat repellent.

Not only will you be cleaning the area, but you will also be spreading the vinegar rat repellent to help keep them away.

You need to remember that adding white vinegar to cleaning equipment will reduce the vinegar odor, so it will be less effective than the other options on this page. When you consider that this concoction will also disinfect the area, it is worth it!

Pour Vinegar In Nests

This is an aggressive tactic, but one that you should absolutely do if you find a rat nest in your home!

The instructions are pretty clear. Pour white vinegar onto a rats nest, leave it to soak in.

You should think about removing the rat nest too, but I prefer that the area is drenched in white vinegar before removing them. That way, they may be deterred from setting up a nest there again because the vinegar will soak into the local area.

Rats also have burrows, which are underground tunnel systems that rats can live in. You could pour vinegar into the burrow before covering the entrance, that works. You could also just pour gallons of water in there to flush them out! That is my preferred method of dealing with a rat burrow!

Frequently Asked Questions

frequently asked questions

How do you get rid of rats with vinegar?

The 5 main options include soaking cotton balls, creating a vinegar spray, pouring vinegar into rat nests, adding the cleaning products, and leaving the vinegar in a cup near areas where you have noticed rat activity.

What smell will keep rats away?

Alongside vinegar, you can use bleach, tea tree oil, onion, garlic, citronella, or black pepper to keep rats away. These are the most common smells that rats hate. While these smells will help to deter rats, the best thing you can do is seal up the rat entry points around your home. This will stop rats from getting into your home in the first place.

What is the best thing to keep rats away?

Bar far, the best thing you can do to keep rats away is by sealing entry points that rats use to get into your home! There are odors that rats dislike, but it is more important to stop them from getting in.


In this post, I have given you 5 vinegar rat repellent options. Each one of them has a level of success for deterring rats.

Vinegar is one of the smells that rats do not like, and as it is a natural repellent, some folks prefer using it instead of attacking the problem with traps or poison.

The best thing you can do to deter rats is to seal up any rat entry points that may be around your home. By stopping rats from entering your home, you are reducing the need to deter them once they are in!

Good luck.

Written by Rodent Guide

Man v Rodent! I've been tackling Rodent infestation issues for over 20 years. Now I want to use this website to pass over the tips that I have learned over that time to help you take these Rodents out DIY style!

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