How to Remove Skunk Oil in Fabric

What You'll Need
A washing machine or some kind of clothes washing system
A quart of white vinegar (Hydrogen peroxide can be used, but is likely to bleach fabric)
1/4 cup baking soda
Laundry detergent
1 teaspoon of de-greasing dish detergent
A bucket or sink (something to soak the fabric in)
2 gallons of water

One of the most unpleasant smells to the human nose is the smell of skunk spray, and most have hopefully never had the job of removing skunk oil in fabric. If you are unlucky enough to get sprayed, and need to remove the smell, there are several methods of removing the smell that may work for you.

The most important thing to do is to act quickly before the oil from the spray has a chance to dry and set into fabric. As long as you follow some basic rules, you should be able to do it yourself.

Secondary Treatment Materials

  • Container of Febreze or Natures Miracle (found in pet stores and used to neutralize pet urine odor)
  • 1 liter Coca-Cola (possibly more depending on amount of fabric)
  • Bucket or sink

Step 1: Wash the Fabric Normally

As quickly as you can after the initial contact, wash the fabric using your regular laundry detergent. Using a pre-treating product may help as well. Do not put fabric in the dryer after this initial wash (or subsequent washings until the smell is completely gone). By washing the fabric as soon as possible, you get rid of quite a bit of the oil and therefor make the rest easier to remove.

Step 2: Combine Ingredients for Soaking Mixture

Using a bucket or sink, combine the quart of vinegar, baking soda, water, and dish detergent.

Step 3: Soak the Fabric

Immerse the fabric into the mixture and let it soak for several hours. Make sure to work the mixture through the fabric every so often by hand.

Step 4: Rinse Out Fabrics

Wring the mixture out of fabrics and rinse in clean, cold water. You should be able to tell after several rinses if the fabric needs to be re-treated. If the smell remains, begin the process over from step 2.

Step 5: Treat Fabric with Febreze

If the smell is not gone after several washings and soakings, try using a commercial product like Febreze or Natures Miracle. Both products can help eliminate odors by attacking and breaking down organic compounds

Step 6: Soak Fabric in Coca Cola

If the previous steps have not eliminated the odor completely, soak the fabric in Coca-Cola. The drawback to this method is that it may stain certain materials and be almost as difficult to remove as the skunk smell. Use the bucket or sink to soak fabric and work the Coca-Cola through the material. Rinse in clean water, and check to see if the smell remains. It may be necessary to soak fabric twice in the Coca Cola.

By now the smell should be long gone, but if by chance it is not, you will have to resort to a professional dry cleaner to remove the smell of the skunk oil.