What Is the Best Way to Remove Skunk Smell?

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One of the most effective ways to remove skunk odor from pets or people is with a mix of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and liquid dishwashing soap. Wash the affected pet or person with mixture, then rinse with clean water.

Do not create the mixture in advance because it is unstable and may explode if stored. Use 1 quart of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing soap. This mixture is safe for skin and fur, but avoid getting it in the eyes. It can also bleach hair or fur if left on for too long. If you do not have the ingredients, you can wash your pet with a mix of vinegar and water to help counteract the smell. After you have washed with the peroxide or vinegar solutions, wash with normal soap or shampoo to complete the deodorization.

If clothing was caught in the spray, remove it immediately, and wash it on the hottest cycle and with the strongest laundry detergent you have. You may need to repeat this process several times to remove the odor. Wash outside surfaces with a mixture of one part bleach to nine parts water and rinse thoroughly. This mixture can cause irritation or burns if used on skin so do not use it on humans or animals.