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How do you remove the smell of a skunk's spray?

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Remove the odor of a skunk's spray by applying a hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and soap solution to the affected area, About.com suggests. The molecules in the solution bond with those in the skunk's spray, nullifying the odor.

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To make this homemade solution mix 2 teaspoons liquid soap, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 quart hydrogen peroxide in a clean container, according to About.com. After mixing the ingredients well, apply the solution to the stinky area or the body. Scrub the area with the solution, and allow the solution to soak for five minutes. Strong odors may require more soaking time. Rinse the area with clean water, and then repeat the process if needed.

Never store the solution, About.com advises. The chemical reaction between the separate ingredients can cause pressure to build in the container, which can result in an explosion. When applying the solution, avoid getting it in your or a pet's eyes.

Other somewhat effective odor removers include tomato paste and commercial skunk-scent removers, according to Discovery. Although beer and feminine hygiene products are rumored to kill the scent of a skunk's spray, Discovery experiments proved them ineffective. These experiments did, however, support the use of About.com's homemade solution.

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