Mrs Hinch fans share five ways to stop cats pooing in your garden – & they're already sitting in your kitchen cupboard | The Sun

FANS of cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch have listed their top hacks to stop cats fouling in your garden – and they're already in your kitchen.

Ahh, what a lovely autumn morning working in your garden and preparing it for the cold months ahead… until you suddenly step in a cat's poo.

This is a nightmare most homeowners experience, and it's even more frustrating if you don't even own the fluffy culprit in the first place.

Fans of the cleanfluencer, Mrs Hinch, are no exception to this problem – but fortunately, they've shared five easy and inexpensive ways to tackle this issue with items sitting in your kitchen.

Mrs Hinch, whose real name is Sophie Hinchliffe, 32, has long been a favourite amongst fellow cleaning enthusiasts, with close to 4.5 million followers on Instagram.

The star rose to fame a few years ago with various home hacks and now her fans have even started dedicated cleaning pages on social media.

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In one such group, Mrs Hinch Cleaning tips and tricks on Facebook, a member sought advice to stop cats from fouling their garden.

Black pepper

Luckily, the post was soon inundated with multiple recommendations, one of which was using black pepper.

Bethan Oliver suggested: “Ground black pepper. Renew after rain.”

Another Facebook user, Louise McGrath, agreed: “Pepper sprinkle it around that stops them.” 

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It is believed that any combination of pepper will work to deter cats – black, white or cayenne – however, keep in mind that whole peppercorns won’t work, as the aroma is only released when crushed. 


Jane Garred Jeffery offered an alternative to this method: “Vinegar works well around the patio area, washing line pole etc.” 

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Whilst Jane swore by this trick, it's important to note that not all cats will react to vinegar, as some are not that fussed by the strong scent.

It is also said that these animals don’t have the same response to all kinds of vinegar.

For instance, a cat might be interested in sniffing some apple cider vinegar but distilled white vinegar might be too intense for their nose. 

Lion poo

“Leave the poor foxes alone, we've destroyed most of their habitat and now they're forced to scavenge in our towns, as for cats I hear lion poo pellets are good,'' Julie Harris penned.

Lesley Logan seconded this idea: “Tiger or lion poo on Amazon is effective.''

According to, “Lion poo may keep cats away but it’s never proven to be 100 percent effective.

''Like most cat deterrents, lion poo is one you’ll have to try to see if it works for the particular cat you’re trying to deter.” 

Citrus peelings

There are a number of scents cats dislike, and zesty citrus is one of them.

So whenever you're peeling an orange or making yourself a cup of lemon and honey tea, save the peelings and scatter them around your garden.


Unlike humans, who find the pleasant aroma of lavender relaxing, these furry pets are not the biggest fans of this scent.

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Other plants to consider adding to your green space include pennyroyal and rue.

If nothing else works, there are also cat repellents available in the market that copy the smells of predator urine – however, make sure the product is non-toxic and organic so no plants or wildlife are hurt.

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