In fairy tales and Christmas stories, mice are cute and make the story fun. But in a real world, the last thing you want running around your house is a mouse. I have learned that you can use a green alternative to poisons and traps. It’s simply putting peppermint oil on cotton balls and placing them where you think the little guys might be hanging out. Some of my friends have recommended putting an oil soaked cotton ball in the back of every drawer in the kitchen – just in case. How does this work? The rodents don’t like the smell and avoid the area where you place the peppermint! Doesn’t get any easier (and greener) than this.