How can I get rid of skunk smell?


Quick Answer

To get rid of the skunk smell in clothes and washable items, soak the items in an ammonia and water mixture, launder using heavy detergent, and air dry. If necessary, repeat the process using Oxyclean as a pre-treatment.

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  1. Soak the items in ammonia and water

    Soak the smelly clothes and washable items in a mixture in a tub of half ammonia and half warm water. Allow the items to soak completely submerged in the mixture for at least 30 minutes.

  2. Launder the items

    Use a washing machine to launder the clothes and items the way you normally would. Use heavy-duty laundry detergent and the highest temperature settings the fabric will allow. Do not add bleach to the cycle. Ammonia mixed with bleach can emote toxic fumes.

  3. Air dry the items

    Hang the clothes and items on a line outside to air dry. Using a clothes dryer can infuse the smell deeper into the fabric.

  4. Repeat the process

    If the clothes and items still smell like skunk, repeat the process using the stain treatment product Oxyclean as a pre-treatment and skip the ammonia and warm water soak. Repeat the process alternating Oxyclean pre-treatments and ammonia and warm water soaks until the smell is completely gone.

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