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How do you remove skunk odor?

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The following procedure will remove skunk odor from clothing and pets. It may have a mild bleaching effect on some types of clothing, and it may make a pet's fur slightly lighter. However, this is one of the most effective solutions to skunk odor because it neutralizes the smell rather than simply concealing it.

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  1. Make the cleaning solution

    Use a large plastic container or bucket to mix the cleaning solution. Begin with 1 quart of fresh hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 to 2 teaspoons of liquid soap. Mix the solution well before using. You can dilute the solution with lukewarm water if you have a large area to cover. Use the solution immediately and do not store it.

  2. Clean your pet

    Outdoors is best place to clean your pet, but an indoor area with adequate ventilation will also work. Put a small amount of eye lubricant or mineral oil around your pet's eyes to protect them from the cleaning solution. Massage the cleaning solution into the pet's coat, making sure to wear rubber gloves to protect yourself from the smell. Do not wet the area with water beforehand. Leave the solution on for at least 5 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. If necessary, repeat the process with a fresh batch of cleaning solution. Do not get the solution in the pet's eyes, ears or mouth. Clean the pet quickly after the skunk altercation, as the scent becomes more difficult to remove over time.

  3. Clean fabric and clothing

    To remove skunk odor from clothing, prepare a fresh batch of cleaning solution and apply it to the affected areas. You can also soak the garments in the solution if the smell is particularly bad. Rinse the fabric thoroughly to remove the solution, and launder as normal before wearing again. Do not put the cleaning solution in a spray bottle or closed container, as it may explode. Keep it in an open bucket and apply using a sponge or washcloth instead.

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