Many pet owners know what it’s like if Fido or Fifi get sprayed by a skunk. The awful pungent odor clings to their fur and spreads wherever he or she goes. Some dogs are lucky, if you want to call it that, and only get a quick spritz of skunk, while others are drenched. Some pet owners, attempting to defend their dog from a skunk may get sprayed. Others, who just happen to be the unlucky ones and startle a skunk, get skunked. Many hikers encounter this problem while making their way through the woods, as well as homeowners who catch a skunk tearing through their garbage.
The skunk smell is awful! If you were sprayed, what would you do to get rid of the smell from yourself and your clothes? You would probably reach for the tomato juice to take a tomato juice bath. Tomato juice has a long history for removing skunk odor, but it really doesn’t remove the smell. Unfortunately, tomato juice will only cover the smell, it will not neutralize it to permanently remove it. You will have to reach for something else in order to permanently get rid of the skunk smell.
Things You Will Need
Dish Washing Soap
Bucket or Basin
Clean Rags or Towels
Stay outdoors if at all possible; you do not want the skunk smell in your house.
Add 16 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, ½ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of mild, liquid dish washing soap. Stir the ingredients to blend.
Submerge a large, old clean towel or rag into the mixture.
Take your clothes off in a concealed area of your yard such as a shed or in a corner where the neighbors won’t get a free peep show.
Remove the soaked towel or rag and wipe down your entire body. Avoid contact with your eyes.
Throw your skunk scented clothing into the remaining peroxide, baking soda and dish soap. If your clothes are not submerged, add more ingredients to the mixture so your clothes are covered. The clothing does not have to be soaking in it. As long as there is enough liquid for the clothes to absorb, you will be able to remove the skunk odor.
Leave the clothes soaking for 20 to 30 minutes while you shower.
Wash the clothing in the washing machine with laundry detergent.
*Note* Hydrogen peroxide is a whitener and may lighten your clothing or create areas of discoloration. If your clothing was dark, there is a chance you will leave bleach-like stains on the fabric.
To effectively remove the skunk smell, the odor needs to be neutralized, not just masked. If you need to make more solution to soak heavy coats or clothing, measure and add each ingredient until you have enough to cover. This mixture will get you smelling clean, fresh and skunk free in no time. This method can also be used on dogs or other pets. Use care not to get the mixture in their eyes.