Close the bottle securely, and shake it well to ensure that the oils are blended with the water. It isn’t necessary to use filtered or purified water for the spray. Regular tap water works fine. Spray the mixture on desired locations. Once the water and oils are mixed, apply the cat repellent to areas that you want to discourage cats from visiting.
In particular, it works well if you have house plants that you want to keep cats away from. Be careful spraying the repellent on carpeting, curtains, or other fabrics because the oils may stain the material. Test it on an inconspicuous spot on the fabric to ensure that the spray won’t damage it. Add the vinegar and water to a spray bottle. For the cat repellent, you’ll need a spray bottle. Pour 1 part vinegar and 1 part water into the bottle, and swish them together quickly to blend them. Use white vinegar for the spray.
You can use tap, filtered, purified, or bottled water for the repellent. You can use either a plastic or glass spray bottle for repellent. Pour the soap into the bottle and shake the mixture well. When the vinegar and water are mixed, squeeze 1 part liquid hand soap into the spray bottle. Shake the mixture vigorously to ensure that the soap is fully combined with the vinegar mixture. Any type of hand soap will work for the repellent, but it’s best to use a clear formula.
Spray or wipe the mixture on targeted areas. Once the vinegar, water, and soap are fully mixed together, apply on the areas where you want to discourage cats from going. You can spray it directly from the bottle or apply it to a cloth and wipe it over the spots. You can use the repellent to keep cats away from both indoor and outdoor locations. Heat the water over medium-high to high heat until it comes to a boil, which should take 5 to 7 minutes. Because you’re boiling it, tap water is fine for the repellent. Mix in the citrus peels and simmer the mixture.
Lower the heat to medium, and allow the mixture to simmer for 20 minutes. If the mixture begins to boil again, lower the heat. Allow the mixture to cool and transfer the mixture to a spray bottle. After the mixture has simmered for 20 minutes, take the pot off the heat. Let the mixture cool completely, which should take approximately 30 minutes, before transferring it to a spray bottle. If the citrus peels are in large chunks, you can strain them out of the mixture so it’s easier to pour into the bottle. Add the lemon juice and dish soap and shake well to mix.
Shake the bottle well to ensure that all of the ingredients are well combined. You can substitute lime or orange juice for the lemon, but be sure to use freshly squeezed juice. You can use any type of clear dish soap, but a lemon-scented formula works best because cats don’t like the citrus scent. Apply the mixture to key areas in your home. After you’ve thoroughly mixed the ingredients, spray the mixture in any area of your house that you want to keep cats out of. You can apply it to floors, walls, and even furniture.
To be safe, it’s best to test the repellent on an inconspicuous spot on fabric-covered items to ensure that the ingredients won’t damage the material. Fill a spray bottle with the water. For the cat repellent, you’ll need a glass spray bottle. Add enough water to the bottle to almost fill it all the way to the top. Tap, filtered, purified, and bottled water will all work for the repellent. Using a glass spray bottle helps keep the repellent effect because the oil is more likely to break down in a plastic container. Add the citronella oil to the bottle and shake it well. After you’ve nearly filled the bottle with water, squeeze 20 drops of citronella oil into it. Mix the oil into the water by shaking the bottle well.