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How do you get rid of skunk odor?

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Although there are a number of over-the-counter remedies to get rid of skunk odor, there is a simple home remedy that, according to experts, has proven to be effective. In a large, open container, mix together 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, and one-fourth cup of baking soda, and use immediately. Do not attempt to cover or store the mixture, as it is volatile and may explode.

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It is a common myth and misconception that bathing or washing yourself in tomato juice will remove the odor of skunk spray. The human nose can grow accustomed to a scent, even a very unpleasant one, when exposed to it for a long enough period of time. It is a condition known as “olfactory fatigue.” So when a person has been subjected to the odorous spray of a skunk and is suffering olfactory fatigue, bathing in tomato juice gives the illusion of being effective simply because the smell of the tomato juice is detected, while the skunk smell seems to have vanished. Another person coming into contact with someone who has been recently sprayed would quickly confirm that the tomato juice remedy is ineffective. It takes an oxidizing agent, such as hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, to properly neutralize the odor.

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