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How can a person get a skunk smell out of a house?

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One of the most effective ways to get skunk odor out of the house is to immediately aerate the place and then clean the sprayed area with commercially produced or homemade skunk odor neutralizing solutions. Another important course of action is to first make sure that the skunk leaves its den under the house or any place where it stayed in the property.

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Once the skunk has left, its odor will very likely linger on for a couple of weeks. To speed up the elimination of the odor, place about 25 pounds of charcoal in the den or in the place where the skunk stayed. The charcoal will absorb the skunk odor efficiently and help get rid of the unpleasant smell faster.

If the skunk sprayed inside the house, it is best to work on the areas that were sprayed with commercially-produced skunk odor neutralizers as soon as possible. These products are available in veterinary or pet supply stores. If a commercial odor neutralizer is not available, a homemade skunk odor neutralizer may also be used with the following ingredients:

  • A quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
  • A fourth of a cup of baking soda
  • A teaspoon of either liquid laundry or dishwashing detergent.

Do not store this in a closed container, since this solution creates gas buildup and may cause the container to burst. It is best to dispose of this solution after use.

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