Homemade Deer-Repellent Formula

After I posted the deer photo this week (taken from our front yard), commenters mentioned how destructive deer are in their yards. I have had NO deer damage in my unfenced yard since I saw this “recipe” 13 years ago.  Most people in our subdivision have either given up on gardening or erect high fences.  The deer just don’t enter my yard!

Homemade Deer Repellent
From BACKYARD LIVING Magazine, May/June 2004

Place in an empty gallon milk jug:

1 beaten egg
1/2 Cup milk
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1Tbsp. liquid dish detergent

Fill the jug with water and shake well.

Use a plastic quart spray bottle to lightly spray plants you want to protect. Leftover solution can be stored in the spray bottle and jug for later use. Reapply once a week and after each heavy rain.

Shake well before each use.

CAUTION: Not for use on fruit, vegetables, or edible plants


Write the recipe on the side of the gallon jug with a Sharpie so you don’t have to search for the paper copy each time.

You don’t need to spray all plants–a light spray here and there in the bed will do.  Applying after a heavy rain is important. (I don’t know how much protection remains, but don’t take chances.)

For vegetable beds spray the grass around the bed. You can also spray landscape timbers, fences, and a few spots around structures–the deer hate the smell!

3 thoughts on “Homemade Deer-Repellent Formula

  1. Thanks for the recipe John. We use an organic mixture called Deer Scram that I purchase on Amazon. It is different spices and smells amazing, but we do have to make sure we reapply after it rains. But it works beautifully!

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