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How to Remove Skunk Odor

Updated on April 7, 2009

Safe, Effective, Non-Toxic, And It Works.

They're cute. They're black and white, or white and black. They're fuzzy and they waddle when they walk. They need a lot of space. When they don't get it, then you get it. Or your dog. Or your cat (rarely. Except for mine).

When I was a child, I really, really wanted a de-scented skunk for a pet. It's said we should be careful what we ask for. Now I live in an area where skunks are numerous. And I've had to learn how to deal with the skunk's main defensive mechanism.

The Best Method I Know Of So Far

There's an easy way to remove most of the skunk odor from your pets, your car tires, your shoes, even the couch your pet may have slept on. It's all natural, non-toxic, and doesn't stain. It works. I should know, because I've used it many times.

Remember the cat I mentioned above? I love him to pieces, but he cannot tell the difference between a black and white cat and a skunk. Or maybe he just doesn't care. Not only that, but this cat lives in a fenced yard. Still, he has managed to get sprayed by a skunk no less than five times. Count 'em. Five. Sprayed in the face. Through a fence. Did I mention this is a recurring phenomena?

And then he comes in the house.

Some call him brave. Others call him stupid. His given name is Kashf. He's featured on other lenses of mine, as he is an interesting fellow. His nickname is Mishmosh. Although sometimes, occasionally, I call him Idiot.

Materials you'll need

I keep a large supply of the following on hand:

1. small bucket or large pot

2. 1 qt size hydrogen peroxide (3% food grade)

3. large box of baking soda

4. all natural, unscented, non-toxic dish detergent

5. old washcloths or rags

6. old towels

It is also very helpful to have a hand-held spray shower head that you can use. And a bathtub, if you are washing a pet.

Step 1:

Pour the entire quart of hydrogen peroxide into the small bucket.

Add 1 tablespoon or a little more of baking soda.

Add 1 squirt of the non-toxic dish detergent.

You're ready to roll.

Step 2:

To wash your pet:

Using the old washcloth, scrub your pet with the peroxide mixture. Do not get it into her eyes.

Then rinse with warm water.

Then dry your pet with the old towels.

Don't let her outside until she's dry.

A caveat about pet washing: this procedure gets rid of about 80% of the odor. I have found it necessary to mix up a small amount of peroxide solution in a day or two and do some "touch up" of the most affected area of the pet.

Step 3:

To clean an inanimate object:

Dampen and wring out a clean wash cloth or rag. Wipe the affected area.

Use another cloth, dipped in warm water and wrung out, to "rinse." (If it's a couch or chair or carpet.)

Caveat: I've used this on my couch and carpet. It did not stain or remove color. No guarantees, though. It does completely remove the odor, which had rubbed off from the cat.

Good luck.

Each time this has happened, it has taken 7 - 10 days to get the smell out of my house.


Illustrated on a YouTube video

This skunk had a lot of patience, compared to the ones near my house! They spray when the wind blows hard, it seems.

Some Other Stuff That Might Work.

If anyone has used any other items to remove skunk odor, and it has worked, please let me know! I'm always looking for something better to try.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Many years ago I had a dog who got sprayed by a skunk a few times. Whew! Wish I had known about this remedy. Great lens!