Skunks have a pretty bad reputation all across the globe. Whenever these black and white creatures sense danger, they’re known to emit an oily, smelly discharge that can reach a distance of up to three feet that can vaporize fairly quickly, damaging items in its wake. They don’t go around spraying people just for the heck of it, though, which is a good thing. Skunks are nocturnal and tend to avoid other people and animals.
It’s important to remember that if you do get sprayed, you should address the situation right away, as immediate action will make the skunk smell more manageable. There are effective ways to eliminate it using common household products you may already have at home. And if you or your beloved pet fall victim to this yucky gunk, don’t worry — we have a solution for that.
Here are a few ways you can get rid of skunk odor.
What to Do If a Skunk Sprays You
If you were unfortunate enough to come into contact with skunk spray, the first thing you need to do is rush home and take a bath.
It’s not enough to use regular soap, though. As mentioned earlier, skunks excrete an oily, smelly gas that regular soap might not be able to effectively deodorize. Washing your entire body with a dish detergent is better. And make sure to wash your hair using shampoo made for oily hair if you have it.
If you have a tub, you can soak yourself in a baking soda bath. Pour two to four cups of baking soda into hot water and soak yourself for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse well afterwards.
What to Do If a Skunk Sprays Your Pets
Poor doggy — he probably didn’t expect that showdown with that wild skunk. Now he stinks! You also don’t want to let him in the house because you’re worried the smell will transfer to your upholstery. And you shouldn’t; as much as possible, keep the stink outdoors.
Many products on the market help temporarily remove the stink by weakening it and masking it with stronger, more pleasant scents. Unfortunately, bathing your pet means washing off these odor neutralizers, which may mean having the skunk smell resurface.
The most effective way to deal with this long-term is by using a cleaner specially formulated for eliminating skunk spray from your pet’s coat, like OdorPet’s skunk odor remover. This particular formula employs technology that uses a chain reaction to reassemble a skunk’s odor particles into an odor-free matrix.
By using a product that targets the stink at its basest level, a skunk’s unpleasant odor is not only neutralized, but permanently stripped from your pet’s coat and skin, making sure it won’t come back even when the formula is washed off. With this, your poor dog won’t have to stay locked outside your home at all.
Removing Skunk Smell from Clothes and Furniture
Skunk smell can be removed from clothes and other fabrics by washing them with a mixture of regular laundry detergent and ½ cup baking soda mixed in with hot water.
Firstly, soak the affected garments in a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water: one part hydrogen peroxide to six parts water in a large basin. Concentrated hydrogen peroxide will damage the fibers in fabric, so it’s important to dilute it first. Soak them for at least an hour. Machine wash them with the detergent solution mentioned above. Air dry them afterwards, as machine drying may “bake” the skunk smell in as opposed to getting rid of it. Repeat this process until the smell is completely gone.
If you’re dealing with delicate fabric, replace hydrogen peroxide with vinegar and soak them for at least three hours. It may also be best to omit the use of the washing machine altogether and just soak them in the same detergent solution in the sink. Hand wash and hang dry. Repeat if necessary.
If that sounds too tedious, OdorPet’s skunk odor remover spray also works on various surfaces, including car seats, carpeting, clothing, etc.
Getting Skunk Smell Out of Your House
If you or any family member have unfortunately tracked skunk odor indoors, the first thing to do is to open all the windows so there is an influx of fresh air. Leave out bowls of vinegar in the corners of the room so they absorb the putrid scent for the next few days.
Get down on your hands and knees and start scrubbing. Wear gloves and use old rags or sponges that you can get rid of after use. For tile surfaces, scrub with diluted chlorine bleach (read the instructions on the label), and for wood surfaces, use a mixture of one part ammonia to four parts water (remember not to soak the solution, as this will damage the wood). For carpeting and heavy curtains, use a steam cleaning solution or hire a steam cleaning service instead.
These household products have proved to be effective in battling unwanted skunk smell, but if you want something that works fast with minimal effort involved, choose formulas like OdorPet’s skunk odor remover, which breaks down odors instead of masking them.Just add water then spray away. Let it dry with no rinsing, and the odor will not return, guaranteed.