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How To Get Rid Of Skunk Smell

How to get rid of skunk smell

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.

Related: What to do when your dog gets skunked

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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.

Related: Skunks invading Chicagoland in record numbers

 

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

Skunk Smell Removal RecipeTo create an effective solution for skunk spray, mix into a bucket:

  • 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.

Related: Skunk Smell Removal Recipe

 

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

  1. Keep your pet outdoors to keep the smell from lingering in your home.
  2. Mix up the solution above to clean your pet.
  3. Use this mixture immediately. The longer the smell is on your pet the harder it is to remove.
  4. 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.
  5. Rinse your pet thoroughly.
  6. 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.

Related: Protecting your yard from skunks

 

How To Get Rid Of Skunk Smell In Your Home

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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.

Related: Skunks in Winter


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Common Skunk Myths

SkunkNow that we’re well into summer, you’ve probably smelled that familiar musky odor that can only be a skunk more than a few times. While skunks are a commonly known critter, there are still many myths about them. Since this is the time of year for increased skunk activity, it’s a perfect opportunity to dispel some myths about our smelly friends.

Common Skunk Myths

  1. Tomato juice will remove the smell of skunk spray.

We’ve all heard this one. In fact, you probably know someone who has bathed themselves or their pet in tomato after an unintended encounter with a skunk. Unfortunately, bathing in tomato juice will only make you smell like, well, tomato juice. And once the tomato juice smell goes away, you’ll be back to smelling like a skunk. See, a skunk smell is so strong your nose actually gets used to it by binding your smell receptors. This phenomenon is called olfactory fatigue.

  1. Skunks will spray you if you get too close.

Skunks only spray when they feel threatened or are frightened. It is their natural defense against predators and that’s what they use it for. If you find yourself close to a skunk avoid making rapid or quick movements or shouting. Dogs usually only get sprayed when they start jumping toward the skunk and/or bark. Simply walk away slowly and you should be just fine.

  1. Since skunks are nocturnal, they only come out at night.

Skunks are indeed nocturnal, but that does not mean they only come out at night. Some come out during the day to search for food if a predator has been preventing them from venturing out at night or a mother has been tending to her young.

  1. Fox urine is a skunk repellant.

Sorry to disappoint, but fox urine will not repel a skunk. The conventional wisdom was, if you spread fox urine the skunk would smell it and be frightened away since the fox is a natural predator. If skunks always ran away from fox urine, they wouldn’t have too many places to go in the wild.

As soon as you suspect you may have a skunk infestation, call us immediately at 847-464-1861 for removal. We are trained professionals and equipped to deal with wild animals.

Protecting Your Yard From Skunks

Skunk in a yardSkunks may not look very threatening, and they are not, but they can be a nuisance for your yard. In fact, they are capable of doing quite a bit of damage to property if you do not properly protect your yard. Follow these techniques to protect your yard against skunks.

Did A Skunk Move In?

First, be sure a skunk moved in. You will most likely smell its strong, musky odor before you see it! Another clue is 3-4 inch holes in your yard and around the exterior of your home.

Prevent Denning

If you see any holes around your yard, fill them loosely with leaves, straw, soil, crumpled up paper, and other similar materials. Filling it loosely with these types of things allows for an animal who may be in there to safely escape. After a few nights, if you see the material is undisturbed, you can permanently fill in the hole.

Make Your Yard Unattractive To Skunks

Now that the warm summer months are here, it is not unheard of to feed our pets outside. The only problem is skunks (and other creatures) love pet food as much as our pets. If you have to feed your pet outdoors, it is best to remove the food and dishes as soon as your pet is finished. Additionally, skunks are attracted to garbage. Try to limit the time your garbage is out and if you leave it in a place like a garage, keep that area secure so skunks can not get in. Another way to make your yard unattractive to skunks is to avoid over watering your lawn. Skunks dig for grubs and when the soil is drier, the grubs are further down and more difficult for skunks to reach. If finding food in your yard is challenging, a skunk will move on somewhere else.
If you suspect you have a skunk infestation, call Attic Solutions immediately at 847-464-1861 for removal. We are trained professionals and equipped to deal with wild animals.

How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell

For the most part, skunks are not a nuisance as they mostly keep to themselves but they are always a threat to spray a person or pet if they feel threatened. Pets are especially prone to getting “skunked” because other animals peak their curiosity and they are unaware of the possibility of getting sprayed. This spray has a pungent, unpleasant sulfur-like odor that will cling to your clothing, hair, and skin and it can be difficult to get rid of. The following is a recipe for a solution that can effectively clean the spray from you, your pet, or your clothes and remove the odor.

Myth: Tomato juice will remove skunk smell

Many people believe that bathing in tomato juice will eliminate the smell of the skunk spray but 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

To create an effective solution for skunk spray, mix:

  • 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup of baking soda
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of dishwashing liquid into a bucket

*Make sure this solution is mixed well before using it

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 to fully eliminate the skunk smell.

Skunk Removal From Clothes

If your clothes have been sprayed and have the skunk smell, they can be washed using this solution. Make sure to wear rubber gloves when washing your clothes and scrub them in a bucket but be aware that the solution can slightly bleach the fabric. This solution can also be used to remove the smell from your pet. It is best to wash your pet outside and be careful not to get the solution in its eyes as you wash. Work the solution into each section of your pet’s fur and let it soak in for several minutes. After letting the solution soak, rinse your pet with a hose and repeat the process if the smell is still lingering.

Additional Important Notes:

Make sure to keep this solution out of yours and your pet’s eyes and because this is an unstable solution, it should never be stored and must be diluted with water before getting poured down the drain.


As soon as you suspect you may have a skunk infestation, call us immediately at 847-464-1861 for removal. We are trained professionals and equipped to deal with skunk exclusion and removal, including humane live animal trapping (never poisons!). Click to read more about skunk removal services from Attic Solutions.