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How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Skunks are noxious animals. Not only are they voracious eaters of practically anything they can get their teeth into, they will burrow into your yard to see if you have anything tasty, or make a home under your porch.

However, the worst thing about skunks is the smelly liquid they can discharge when they feel threatened. This stench is disgusting, like a rotting corpse, and not the sort of smell you want to carry around with you everywhere. Fortunately, there is a good way to remove skunk smell from pets, clothes, and even you.

The Best Solution for Removing Skunk Smell

There are many traditional remedies for trying to get rid of skunk smell, such as tomato juice or beer, but these don’t work. The best solution for skunk smells is a homemade solution of:

  • 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • Small amount (1-2 teaspoons) dish soap

The peroxide destroys the scent molecules of the skunk’s spray, making them odorless and water soluble. The baking soda is a catalyst that creates the conditions for the peroxide to work, and the dish soap helps dissolve the oils in the skunk’s spray.

Warning: Make sure you don’t get this solution in your eyes, your dog’s eyes, or your child’s eyes. This solution can damage your clothes, dry out your skin, and bleach your dog’s fur. Skin and fur suffer no permanent damage, thought.

Don’t Get Sprayed

Hopefully, you never have to use this solution to remove skunk spray from you or your dog. Avoid getting sprayed by paying attention to a skunk’s warning signs. It will first raise its tail. It may also stamp its feet to warn you it’s going to spray, but once the skunk’s tail goes up, it’s time to leave it alone. And remember skunks can spray up to 23 feet!

The best way to protect you, your children, and your dogs from skunk spray is to get skunks removed from your property. For help with skunk removal in Denver, Castle Rock, Evergreen, and surrounding areas, please contact Animal Pest Control Specialist today.


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