How to Safely Clean Mouse Droppings

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So you have started finding poop in your home and identified it as mouse poop. It’s time to do a couple of things (without freaking out).

Firstly, take note of where and how much poop you can see.

Secondly, follow the instructions in this article so you know how to safely clean mouse droppings up and disinfect the area.

Thirdly, find out where and how the mice are getting in and start taking action to stop them.

How to Safely Clean Mouse Droppings

How to Safely Clean Mouse Droppings Face Mask

I can’t stress enough how important it is to have protective items. Some good gloves is a must, you can’t touch the farces as it can carry some serious diseases and you will fall sick pretty quick.

I recommend a face mask too. The smell of mouse urine is horrific. It’s a strong ammonia smell, which is also potentially harmful to your respiratory system. Don’t take any chances, get a mask on. You will thank yourself afterwards.

Here are some basic steps to follow:

Using either a strong disinfectant or a mixture of water and bleach, cover the area of droppings and allow it soak for around 5 minutes. Always cover the area generously, you can’t be too safe and cover too much coverage. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Pick up all of the droppings and urine with paper towels and mop up the excess fluid. Secure all of this waste in a plastic bag and throw it in the garbage outside. It’s smells really bad, so get it as far away from your home as possible!

Next you need to give the area a final wipe down with disinfectant. Some of those scented cleaning wipes are great. You can easily wipe everything down with them and leave the area smelling great.

Is It Safe to Vacuum Mouse Droppings?

I don’t recommend vacuuming up mouse droppings, it’s a short way of dealing with the problem. You will have to empty and disinfect the vacuum afterwards. So save the chore of doing this and just clean up the mess as directed above.

How to Clean Mouse Droppings from Carpet

How to Clean Mouse Droppings from Carpet Steam Cleaner

If you find droppings on carpets or other fabrics it’s a bit trickier than on a hard floor. The only way to give the carpet is proper clean is with a steam cleaner, or one of those vacuums that uses water.

Both have similar results. But just cleaning up the mess and wiping it isn’t going to be enough. You need to get in deep and steam clean the carpet.

How to Clean Mouse Droppings in the Garage

How to Clean Mouse Droppings in the Garage

The garage is a common place to find droppings. The floor should be hard concrete, so you can follow the directions above to clean up the farces from the concrete.

Obviously you want the area completely clean and if your garage is tidy or doesn’t have much in you can blast it with the hose pipe after. The next issue is finding out where and why the mice are going in your garage and stopping them.

4 of the Scariest Diseases Mice or Rodent Poop Carries

Just in case you needed even more reason to be very thorough when cleaning up mice poop. I thought I would highlight 4 of the scariest diseases rodent poop can carry. So remember those protective items of clothing!

Rat-Bite Fever

Rat-bite fever can be potentially fatal to those who are infected. It’s passed by coming into contact with infected poop.


Salmonellosis is a strain of virus attached to food poisoning. If the rodents eat contaminated food the bacteria will be present in their feces. This will give you a nasty bout of diarrhea, gut pain and a high fever.


Hantavirus is another potentially fatal disease and should be taken seriously. You can pick up this disease from just the fumes of urine and droppings from a rodent that’s infected. Another good reason to wear that face mask!

Bubonic Plague

The bubonic plague sounds horrific, and it is. You can pick this up from the rodents, their faeces or lice that have been feeding on the rodents. It gives the sufferer headaches, swollen nodes, and a great deal of pain.

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