I get asked questions about removing skunk odor all the time, because unfortunately this is a common occurrence.
If these little critters are common in your area you may have yourself (both skin and clothes), your pet, your car or parts of your home sprayed by them. When this happens you want the odor gone, as soon as possible.
There are many different recipes and home remedies floating around out there for removing the stink left behind from these animals, and all of them work, at least to one extent or another.
To understand how to really deal with this spray you've got to understand that it comes out as a greasy oil, so there is not only smell but an oily film you've got to remove. To a certain extent, acidic products like tomato juice, lemon juice, and vinegar can cut this grease. (Such recipes using these ideas are shared below.)
In addition the recipes that also use dish soap within them work well, because we all know it is designed to cut grease from your dishes, pots and pans, and can do the same in this situation as well.
Feel free to use any of the recipes and home remedies I've shared below, and also I'd love to hear your experience, good or bad, with any of the ideas shared so we can all gain some collective wisdom about what works, and what doesn't. You can share your own home remedies and recipes here, or share how the one you tried work for you.
I will note that video says that you could either use dish soap or lemon juice, but I don't think lemon juice will work as well for removing the oily part of the skunk's spray, and so I would choose dish soap for washing yourself.
On the other hand, you always have to be careful when using dish soap when washing clothes, especially in HE machines because of the suds. Therefore, I would suggest using the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda mixture, along with laundry detergent, when washing clothes, to make sure you don't get too much suds.
Here's the video for full details:
There are lots of ways you can use hydrogen peroxide for cleaning and home remedies. You can learn even more uses for hydrogen peroxide here, or share your own uses.
How To Remove Skunk Smell From Your Dog Or Other Pet
The picture above is of a dog named Moose, who got sprayed by a skunk. He's just been washed in both tomato juice and dishwashing soap in an attempt to get the stink off of him.
It can be tough when your dog or other pet finds a skunk outside and is sprayed. You've got to clean up an animal who's already upset, most likely, and the cleaning method isn't going to typically make them feel much better.
The video below gives basically every suggestion under the sun for all the possible ways to remove skunk smell from your dog or other pet.
The methods include the following, and obviously if one works you don't have to go on to the next:
Tomato Juice Method
The first method is to pour undiluted tomato juice on your pet.
This is a very old fashioned remedy that some people swear by, while others feel it doesn't work very well.
For example, one reader, Cheryl, was none too impressed with this method. She said:
Tomato juice does nothing but smell like skunk and tomato juice, a very nauseating combination. Dawn did the best job.
A similar method is to use one part water and one part vinegar for removing the smell.
I say the method is similar to the tomato juice, because in both methods you're relying on the acidity of the solution to help remove the odor.
Again, some people swear by this method, while others have been less than impressed by how it worked for them.
Homemade Recipe For Skunk Odor Removal
The recipe provided in the video below is as follows:
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon dish soap
1/4 cup baking soda
1 quart of hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)
Although the ratios and ingredients have varied slightly, some type of recipe containing both the peroxide and the baking soda are quite common, including with some veterinarians, when suggesting methods for removing skunk odors.
Finally, the video suggests buying a commercial skunk shampoo to remove the stink.
Here are examples of such shampoos:
Here's the video for full details:
I would love to hear from you too, to tell me how you've gotten rid of these odors from your family, home, possessions, and/or pets. You can share your own tip here, including reviewing any brand or type of skunk shampoo you've tried to tell me whether it worked well for its purpose, or not.
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