Homemade Raccoon Repellent

While some of us may think raccoons are cute, many who suffer nightly trash raids from these little “masked bandits” do not find them to be so adorable, particularly when they manage to scatter the trash all over our yards. If you are one of these unfortunate souls who is dealing with raccoons in trash, you are probably looking for a type of raccoon deterrent to try to keep these critters away. There are many options available, but if you are looking for a cheap and easy way, why not consider creating your own homemade raccoon repellent?

There are several easy and effective ways to create these with the use of some very common food ingredients and household items. Raccoons have a strong sense of smell, so the idea is to use items that contain strong or sharp odors which will deter them from coming near the trash. Below are some of the more common ones that can be made easily and quickly.

Homemade Raccoon Repellent Recipes

Hot Sauce and Dish Detergent

This repellent makes use of hot sauce and dishwashing detergent mixed together for a not-so-tasty recipe. Simply mix one small bottle of hot sauce in one gallon of water, add a teaspoon of detergent, mix well and pour into a spray bottle.

The detergent acts as a glue of sorts and allows the hot sauce to stick to the surfaces you spray. Reapply this mixture every few days or after rainfall or watering.

Peppers and Onions

This raccoon deterrent simply uses cayenne peppers, jalapenos and yellow onions. For this odiferous cocktail, mix one tablespoon of cayenne pepper with a chopped jalapeno and chopped onion into a pot of boiling water and let it simmer for 20 minutes. The boiling releases the odors from the vegetables into the water. Next, let the water cool and strain it with a cheese cloth or colander into a spray bottle. This repellent will generally last three to five days and will need to be reapplied after that time.


Household ammonia is a very effective homemade raccoon repellent because its pungent odor is irritating to the nose and eyes of raccoons. Simply soak old rags or towels in ammonia and lay them at the bottom of the trash can or around the area where you are trying to keep the raccoons away. Just keep in mind that this method is most effective when used inside the trash can or the enclosed area where the trash is kept because the air flow is very still and the odor is trapped for a long period of time.

homemade raccoon repellent

Homemade raccoon repellent can be easy to make and an effective way to repel raccoons.


This deterrent is more effective for taste than it is for smell. Raccoons are turned off by the taste of vinegar, so simply soak discarded food items such as corn cobs in vinegar for a couple of hours and lay the items around the trash. Also, spray down the trash can with vinegar so that the raccoon associates that unfavorable taste with the trash as a whole.

These are just some of the simple ways to create homemade raccoon repellents, but feel free to experiment with what may work for you. Just keep in mind that it is best to use items that have a very strong or sharp odor and also remember to be vigilant about applying it frequently. Over time you will notice that the raccoons will eventually begin to agree with you that yes, your trash is just plain stinky.