Skunked? How To Stop The Odor

There’s no ignoring the smell of a skunk’s distinct and offending spray. Although in some cases the odor will eventually fade, many times the stench will permeate through the walls of your home and into the furniture. A skunk’s spray can also affect humans and animals when they come into contact with the rodent. The following are a few tactics you can do to get rid of the awful stink.

Pet and Human Stench Removal

Household pets are prone to getting sprayed by a skunk. Dogs especially are naturally curious animals and will have their curiosity rewarded with skunk spray. Although there are skunk odor removal products for purchase at pet stores, home remedies are just as effective.

To start, make your own odor-fighting solution by mixing together a quart of hydrogen peroxide, a quarter cup of baking soda, and a teaspoon of mild dish detergent. Apply the mixture generously to the animal’s fur while being careful not to get the solution into the eyes. Don’t allow the solution to sit on the animal. Rinse immediately and shampoo as normal.

Luckily, the same solution used for pets can be applied to humans as well. If a skunk’s odor has gotten into your skin, hop in the shower right away. Wash the skin with the hydrogen peroxide solution and rinse thoroughly. If the smell is still apparent, repeat the process.

Keep in mind that some old wives’ stories about skunk smell removal have been proven wrong. For instance, tomato juice simply masks the odor of the skunk—the juice doesn’t remove the smell.

Backyard Odors

Even if you believe a skunk is long gone, the animal’s stink may linger on furniture and other yard items. Bleach is an effective deodorizer to use on backyard items. Mix one parts bleach with nine parts water for an odor-fighting solution. Scrub furniture, sheds, wagons, and whatever else in the backyard the skunk targeted. Rinse generously using water from your hose.

De-skunking the House

Place any smelly household items, such as clothing items and blankets, immediately into your washing machine. Use normal laundry detergent mixed with equal parts baking soda. Set the washing machine to the highest heat setting and dry items immediately in the dryer or with direct sunlight.

In some cases, you may not be able to pinpoint the exact location of the skunk stench. If this occurs, place small bowls of vinegar around the house to absorb the smell. Opening the windows and running any ceiling fans is also useful. If the smell is still apparent by the next day, shampoo your carpets and your furniture.

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