How Do I Get Skunk Smell Out of My Clothes?

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To get skunk spray out of clothes, a mixture of hot water, vinegar and laundry detergent can be used. Clothes should be allowed to soak undisturbed in the mixture for about 20 minutes before washing normally.

If the skunk smell still remains after the clothes are washed, vinegar and baking soda should be added to the washing machine, and the clothes should be run through again. If clothes smell at all skunky, they should not be put in the dryer. The heat from the dryer sets the smell of skunk spray into the clothes, ruin them forever. It may take several washes to completely rid the clothes of the skunk smell.

If a person's skin smells of skunk spray, they should add hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and dish soap to a bath and soak for about 20 minutes before washing normally with soap and shampoo to try to neutralize the odor. It is necessary to use a dish soap that cuts grease well because skunk spray is an oily mess that spreads if it is not neutralized immediately. It may take multiple baths to remove the skunk smell from skin. Adding swimming pool chlorine in powder or tablet form to a bath and soaking for 15 minutes may also help to remove the skunk odor from skin.