Stinking Up a Storm: 4-step Methods for Skunk Smell Removal

Vipul Lovekar Apr 14, 2019
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The process of removing the smell of a skunk's spray can be a bit irritating, but it needs to be done. Here are some tips that you can use to get rid of the smell of a skunk.
Typically people living in skunk infested areas, go through a lot of problems to remove the odor. This problem is even magnified, if you have a pet dog. Owing to the curious nature of the dogs, they will go sniff the skunk out. Obviously, the skunk gets defensive and the dog gets all sprayed by it. Here are the steps which will help you remove the smell.

Step #1

You need hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dish washing soap. Take a container and make a solution of these three chemicals (size depending upon the quantity of solution that you are going to make). Stir this solution properly and give it some time to mix well.

Step #2

Pour this solution into a spray bottle or anything similar. Spray bottle is recommended to remove smell from various places at home, as it is portable.

Step #3

The solution that we just made is designed to dissolve the skunk oil, which is the root cause of the smell. Spray this solution on the affected areas and rub it gently with a piece of cloth. Be liberal in your usage of solution, and spray as much as you need.

Step #4

To get rid of the smell, you need to have a very well-ventilated room. If possible, take the items outside your home and then apply the solution.

Getting Rid of Smell on Dogs

Step #1

If the odor is too strong, then its removal can be a little tedious. For that, you can add some vinegar to the prepared solution. This should be done while preparing the solution. The quantity of vinegar can vary from half a bottle to full bottle.

Step #2

Apply the solution on the fur of the animal. Make sure that the solution reaches the skin. Massage this solution for approximately ten minutes. Do take care that the solution should not go into the eyes of the dog, as it can be very painful.

Step #3

Wait for at least ten minutes before you rinse the animal fur. Make sure that the solution is completely rinsed (meaning no bubbles). Towel the dog's fur to dry it.

Step #4

If the pet still has some smell left on its fur then repeat the given steps. After the completion of all the given steps, there's a good degree of chance that your pet is left smelling like vinegar. In that case, use shampoos and conditioners. This will give nice texture to the dog fur. Wild skunks can be a mess to deal with, but they are amazing as pets.