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Everyday Cheapskate: How to Get Rid of Rabbits Ruining Your Lawn and Garden

Mary Hunt on

As adorable as these creatures are, rabbits can wreak havoc on a lawn and garden. Garden centers, home improvement stores and online resources offer commercial products to help gardeners protect their plants from rabbits.

But here's the problem: Commercial repellents are expensive; they require repeated applications; and some of them may contain chemicals that can pose health hazards to pets when ingested.

Homemade repellents are not only less expensive but also safer than commercial repellents.

Rabbit repellents produce a smell or taste that is repulsive for rabbits without doing them harm.




I was surprised to learn that Irish Spring bar soap is an inexpensive rabbit repellent. Apparently, unlike me, who finds the scent of Irish Spring to be pleasant, to rabbits, it has a terrible stench that drives them away.

Supplies needed: Irish Spring bar soap; small fabric drawstring bags OR cheesecloth and string; wooden stakes (12-by-1-by-1 inches or similar); staple gun or duct tape.

Slice the Irish Spring soap bar(s) into half-inch cubes with a knife. These do not have to be exact, but you'll want many small chunks to spread around your garden.

Drop two pieces of soap into each drawstring pouch. Pull strings tightly to close, and tie the strings tightly to secure the soap inside. Or wrap two pieces of soap in a piece of cheesecloth, gathering it into a pouch and securing it with string.


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