Do Mice Hide in Clothes? {Will Mice Ruin Clothes?}

Boo! I can’t think of a more startling thought than a mouse jumping out of my clothes when I open my closet door. Do Mice Hide in Clothes?

Will mice ruin clothes with holes, pee stains and droppings? How do you prevent mice from getting in your clothes or closet?

Let’s answer all of these questions, but make sure to find out, “Do Mice Hide in Clothes?”

Do Mice Hide in Clothes?

Yes. Mice are known to hide in all sorts of locations including your clothes. If your clothes are dirty, stacked on the floor, cluttered, or even neatly stored in your closet, you are creating possible nesting locations for mice.

Piles of clothing in cardboard boxes or thrown around in the open would make perfect locations for a mouse to consider nesting.

Can Mice Live In Your Clothes?

Yes. If you leave your clothes on the floor sitting in a hamper for a long time, you are attracting mice to this location. Your clothes need to be placed in an area where mice will not be attracted to it.

If you have dirty laundry that has been sitting for over a week, your mice problem could get worse. Always place your clothes in a hamper that is neatly stored away.

Try to make sure that you do the laundry once or twice a week and do not leave clothes on the floor. If you wish to repel mice further, you can use mothballs or spray your clothes with peppermint oil and water mixed together in a spray bottle.

How Do You Keep Mice Out of Your Clothes?

Keeping mice out of your clothes that are stacked in your closet involves making sure that the room itself is sealed. There should be no gaps or holes in the exterior of the closet or anywhere in your house that is larger than 1/4 inch.

Use door sweeps or excluders to make sure that they do not have a chance to fit underneath the doorway. You can also weather strip the sides and top of the door.

Clean clothes are not as attractive to a mouse as dirty clothes. Clothes that are on the floor are an easier invitation for a mouse to consider nesting inside.

Will Mice Nest in Clothes?

Yes. Mice can easily nest inside our clothes that we have stored away for long periods of time. If it is located inside a box, we may not notice these mice building their nest inside our piles of clothes that we have stored away for the winter or summer.

We must make sure that storage lids are tightly placed on top of these boxes and they are sealed properly. The thicker the material of this box, the better. If it is made of cardboard, a mouse can easily choose through it.

Mice can harbor diseases and you may end up wearing clothes that have been compromised with bacteria or illnesses. If you have stored away clothes for long periods of time, you should wash them before you ever wear them again.

Do Mice Like Dirty Clothes?

Sure. A home that is cluttered and messy may often contain clothes that are dirty. If clothes are not being washed, mice would be attracted to the odor. A mouse has a sense of smell that is much stronger than a human.

They will be able to snuggle up inside dirty laundry if you are not maintaining the cleanliness of your clothes and your home.

A hamper or box with clothes inside is an open invitation for a mouse to nest without having to struggle to build materials in order to create shelter for themselves. A pile of clothes is very inviting for a mouse to nest inside.

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How Long Can a Mouse Live in a Closet?

A mouse can live in the closet for up to a year if they can find food and water and return back to this location. There are cases of mice living in closets for up to two years. They could even live there longer if the house is unoccupied.

A mouse should be able to return into a closet if there are sufficient gaps that are larger than a quarter inch or 0.8 inches in diameter. If a pencil can fit through the sides, top or underneath the door, a mouse can squeeze its way through as well.

What Smell Do Mice Hate the Most?

There are multiple odors and smells that mice hate. They do not hate the smell of dirty clothes. Dirty clothes with actually attract a mouse. There could be all kinds of odors like food remnants that would attract a mouse to your clothes.

If you would like to keep mice away from your personal items or your home altogether, consider the following deterrent odors:

  • Cinnamon
  • Vinegar
  • Dryer sheets
  • Clove oil
  • Bay leaves
  • Peppermint oil
  • Tea bags
  • Mint toothpaste
  • Ammonia

The final item on the list is ammonia which is a similar odor to urine. This may deter a mouse by thinking that there is a larger predator nearby and would want to remain as far away from this location as possible out of fear.

What Do Mouse Urine Stains Look Like on Clothes?

Urine stains on clothes that come from mice would usually be mixed with dust and grime or grease marks. They are yellowish and crusty and smell like ammonia.

The look of the urine stain would vary depending on the type of surface that they have peed on. If you are looking at a clean white T-shirt for example, you will see small yellow stains scattered over it.

Does Mouse Pee Stain Clothes?

Yes. A mouse can live inside clothes and pee stains would be part of the effect of this unwanted occurrence. A mouse can contaminate your clothes and leave it to susceptible to diseases or bacteria.

It is definitely a health concern to notice mouse urine. Do not wear these clothes again unless you can clean them carefully with bleach or other strong detergents. It is best that you get rid of such clothing items if you are not attached to them.

How Do You Get Rodent Urine Stains Out of Clothes?

Getting rid of urine stains on clothes would be best if you can expose it to hot water and laundry detergent. You can also use vinegar, baking soda and bleach if possible. The latter would stain your colored clothes,  but vinegar and baking soda together would not.

How Do You Get Mouse Pee Out of a White Shirt?

If you have a mouse pee on your white shirt, you should mix one part vinegar with one part water. You can spray or soak the area until it’s dry. You can repeat this process 2 to 3 times.

If the shirt is white, you can also use bleach. Remember that you should be wearing gloves and a mask when you’re dealing with mice droppings or urine.


Where Does Mice Hide During the Day?

A mouse prefers to hide in warm, dark places. A common area for a mouse to hide would be:

  • In between walls
  • Cupboards
  • Pantries
  • Under sofas
  • In Old boxes
  • In your closet
  • In your crawl space
  • Basements
  • Garages
  • Attics

The less you frequent these locations, the more likely it is for rodents such as mice to consider it home. They can shelter in these locations without you noticing for months or years at a time.

Do Mice Ruin Clothes?

Yes. Mice can ruin or shred your clothes by gnawing and chewing holes through it. They can also urinate and defecate on your clothes.

Several fabrics such as cotton, can easily be shredded by a mouse as they tear away at it. Female mice are more commonly known to shred close as they are looking for materials to build their nests.

Your fabrics, linens and clothes are comfortable materials for a mouse to decide to shred in order to build a nest for themselves and their babies.

Do Mice Leave Grease Marks?

Yes. Mice can leave grease marks on your clothes and other surfaces. This is because they are usually wedging through dirty openings and staining their own fur. They will end up with oil and dirt on their coats.

These greasy smears will end up on your tiles, floors and baseboards or on different types of fabrics. This is an indicator that you have a mouse infestation.

What Can I Put In My Drawers to Keep Mice Away?

A good deterrent would be crushed peppermint. You can place them in satchels or bowls and then leave them inside your drawers. The strong smell of peppermint is a repellent for my house, but it is an aroma that we tend to enjoy.

This is why we brush our teeth with mint toothpaste. Place about 1 tbsp. of crushed peppermint inside a satchel and leave it in your drawer to prevent mice from entering or nesting there.

How Can I Keep Mice Away From Wardrobe?

If you would like to keep mice away from your wardrobe, keep it as clean as possible.

  1. Hang your clothes and fold everything neatly away.
  2. If you leave clothes on the floor, you are attracting rodents insects creatures and other critters.
  3. Make sure you have proper storage inside your closet.
  4. Clothes that are not on the floor will prevent mice from nesting in it.
  5. You can also place deterrent orders that mice consider foul such as cinnamon, vinegar, peppermint and cloves.


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Jason Barrett

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