Those unfortunate enough to have experienced the potency of skunk spray, know how impossible it is to remove skunk odor. Skunks spray a pungent fluid from a gland found under their tail when they feel threatened. Pets typically get sprayed the most. Acting immediately is essential to minimize the damage of the spray and make it easier to remove.
Step 1-Keep Pet Outside
You want your pet treated for skunk odor before letting it inside your house, otherwise, the odor can become trapped in furniture, rugs, or fabrics.
Step 2-Check Eye Irritation
A pet that is sprayed in the eyes should be taken to the vet as soon as possible. Examine your pet’s eyes to see if they are red and irritated.
Step 3-Prepare to Remove Skunk Odor
Put on rubber gloves and old clothes. Wash your dog or cat with a pet shampoo. Rinse your pet with water. Washing with water and soap is also the same step for a person or object sprayed by a skunk.
Step 4-Neutralize Skunk Odor
In order to get rid of skunk odor you need to neutralize the scent. A mixture made from hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and dish soap is an effective skunk odor remedy. You can use this solution for people, pets or anything that is sprayed by a skunk. Of course you should test a small area when using it on clothing, furniture or carpet since it does have hydrogen peroxide which may not be safe to use on all colors.
Step 5-Skunk Odor Remedy
Mix together in an open container the following:
- One quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
- ¼ cup baking soda
- One teaspoon liquid dish soap
- One cup of water
Step 6-Apply Remedy to Pet
Work the skunk odor solution into your pet’s fur. Rinse your pet and reapply the skunk odor remedy until the odor diminishes.
Step 7-Remove Skunk Odor from Clothing
Washing clothing in laundry detergent should remove the skunk odor. Do not put clothing in the dryer after washing. The heat can attach the scent to the fibers making it impossible to get rid of the odor so air dry clothing outside. If, shoes have a skunk odor the best thing to do is leave them out in the fresh air. Over time the odor should dissipate.
Step 8-Remove Skunk Odor from House
If, the inside of your basement, porch, garage or house is sprayed by a skunk, the first thing you need to do is ventilate the area by opening doors and windows. Use an atomist sprayer which covers a large area including nooks and crevices with a fine deodorizing mist. Be sure to change the air filter in your furnace/air conditioner because the skunk odor can get trapped in it and circulate throughout the house. There are several commercial products available to help eliminate skunk odor. When using a commercial products read and follow the directions carefully.