It seems inevitable – a skunk on your property means someone or something is bound to get sprayed!
Skunks will mostly keep to themselves but they are always a threat to spray a person or pet if they feel threatened. Dogs are especially prone to get “skunked” because other animals peak their curiosity and they are unaware they will get sprayed.
Skunk spray odor can last up to a month if not treated. In fact, if a skunk has died near your home, the odor will last much longer.
Skunk spray is an oily substance made of a mixture of sulfur-containing chemicals such as thiols. This scent is difficult to remove and traditional at-home remedies like tomato juice, are actually ineffective.
If you, your home, or pet has become the victim of a skunk’s stinky spray, follow these tips to learn how to get rid of skunk smell.
Myth: Tomato juice will remove skunk smell
Many people believe the old myth that bathing in tomato juice or paste will eliminate the smell of skunk spray.
In reality, it is ineffective because it cannot break down the oils from the spray. Other remedies such as citrus juice, perfume, and air fresheners are also ineffective for getting rid of the skunk smell.
Get Rid of Skunk Smell Recipe
- 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
- ¼ cup of baking soda
- 1 to 2 teaspoons of regular dishwashing liquid (such as Dawn)
*Make sure this solution is mixed well. Do not mix ahead of time as it will lose its potency.
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How To Use The solution
This solution can be used on your body, hair, and clothes as well as your pets to eliminate the skunk odor.
If your body or hair has been sprayed, give yourself a bath in the solution and rinse in the shower.
You can wash your hair in the solution as well but be careful to avoid getting it in your eyes. If the skunk spray got in your eyes, immediately flush your eyes out with water.
This process may have to be repeated several times for you or your pet to fully eliminate the skunk smell.
Related: Skunk spray FAQ
How To Get Rid Of Skunk Smell On A Pet
- Keep your pet outdoors to keep the smell from lingering in your home.
- Mix up the solution above to clean your pet.
- Use this mixture immediately. The longer the smell is on your pet the harder it is to remove.
- After creating the mixture, rub it through your pet’s fur, and don’t leave it on for very long because it can cause bleaching.
- Rinse your pet thoroughly.
- Finally, wash your pet with pet shampoo and conditioner and rinse clean. Your pet will be smelling sweet and skunk-free!
How To Get Rid Of Skunk Smell On Yourself
Assuming a skunk has sprayed you, follow the same steps above. You may need assistance from someone else. To clean your clothing, immediately remove them and soak the clothing in a hydrogen peroxide solution (1 part hydrogen peroxide to 6 parts water) for two hours. Then wash your clothes in hot water with the strongest laundry soap you have.
Make sure to wash the clothes alone, so your other laundry doesn’t pick up the skunk stench. Finally, dry them outside in the sunlight to help neutralize any remaining scent. Sometimes you may have to consider getting rid of those clothes.
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How To Get Rid Of Skunk Smell In Your Home
First, don’t make the mistake of letting your dog who got sprayed run around the house. They can leave the smell everywhere, including furniture and rugs.
If you’re not sure where the skunk smell in your home is coming from, try this method. Leave bowls of white vinegar around your home in the strongest smelling rooms. The vinegar should absorb most of the odor in about a day.
Be sure to keep your windows open and let the scent waft outwards. Sunlight can also help neutralize odors, so keep the windows open to let in the sunshine.
In addition, keep fans going throughout your home to disperse the odor outdoors. You can even go as far as shampooing your carpets and deep cleaning fabric on chairs and sofas. Finally, finish up with air fresheners that have deodorizing action.
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