We all are quite aware of the term: Skunk smell. It is a really unpleasant smell which makes it impossible to stay in the house. The irksome odor can get into your house through your pets like dogs, cats or a skunk itself. The smell is caused by the sulfur-containing components, known as thiols, which are present in the glands of a skunk. This noxious odor can cause various diseases such as blindness (in the worst case), breathing problems especially to the people suffering from asthma or other respiratory diseases, skin and hair problems, and much more. It is, thus, important to get rid of the smell as soon as possible. If left unnoticed, the smell can remain for weeks. To remove this odor, you don’t have to rush to the market to buy any chemical-laden solution. Instead, you can try these simple home remedies to get rid of the awful smell.
How to Remove Skunk Odor from Pets?
If your pets are affected by the skunk, the smell of it will spread wherever they go. For removing skunk odor from dogs, you can use the following methods.
1. Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda, and Liquid Soap
It is one of the most popular and commonly used methods to remove the stink from your pets. All you need to do is mix ¼ cup of sodium bicarbonate (commonly known as baking soda) with 1 quart or nearly 1 liter of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Wear gloves and mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Transfer the content into a spray bottle and spray it on your pets. Let it stay for 5-10 minutes and wash off with shampoo after that.
Apply the solution directly to the skin of your pet. Don’t rub it on its eyes and nose.
Don’t let the solution stay on your pet for long as it would turn into a bleaching compound.
Use the solution immediately after the preparation as keeping it stored might be explosive.
Avoid using a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide.
2. Vinegar and Water Mix
Another fantastic method to remove the skunk smell is to use vinegar and water mix. Take a large mixing bowl and mix vinegar and water in the ratio of 1:4 (i.e., 1/4th part of vinegar to 1 part of water). Rub the mixture onto the fur of your pet and leave it there for at least 5-10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly afterward.
3. Tomato Juice
Tomato juice is an excellent alternative for getting rid of the skunk smell on your dog’s face. It is a safe remedy and would not cost much if you are using it just for the face of your pet. All you need to do is, fill a bowl with freshly made tomato juice and dunk a clean cloth in it. After it is sufficiently soaked, rub your dog’s face with it.
Note: Even though this remedy is safe, avoid its contact with your pet’s eyes as it would be irritating.
4. Brush Your Pet’s Teeth
To prevent the smell from your pet’s teeth, brush them with either a pet’s toothpaste or baking soda.
Note: Never use human toothpaste to brush your pet’s teeth.
5. Doggy Chews
Give your dog some carrots or a meaty bone to eat. It will eliminate the smell to a large extent.
6. Pet’s Mouthwash
Pet’s mouthwash is made up of chlorhexidine solution. If you add this to the pet’s water, it clears up their bad breath.
Skunk Odor Removal from the Car
To remove the odor from the car, first of all, you need to find out the source of the smell. Depending on the area, use the following methods for stink removal.
7. Car Shampoo
If the smell is outside the car, just wash your vehicle with a car shampoo. Also, clean the mats and other removable items such as tires with the same shampoo.
For the interiors of the car, open all the doors so that fresh air can move inside. Then, spray any air car deodorizer throughout the interiors to get rid away from the odor immediately.
9. Mustard Powder Solution
Spray mustard powder solution (prepared by mixing 1 cup of mustard powder into a bucket full of warm water) to the engine compartment side panels. Make sure not to spray it on any electrical parts. Use a sponge to wipe the side panels thoroughly.
10. Use White Vinegar
Fill a spray bottle with some white vinegar and spray it to the air filter, air conditioning vents and air intake vent. Wipe it with a sponge later.
Skunk Smell Removal from Clothes
Removing skunk smell from clothes is a daunting task. If the clothes affected by the skunk are not washed properly, they will cause smell in other clothes too.
Here are some methods to make your work easy.
11. Diluted Hydrogen Peroxide
To remove the smell from your clothes, prepare a mixture using 1 part of hydrogen peroxide to six parts of water. Soak your clothes in the solution for an hour. After this, wash the clothes with a mild liquid detergent and dry it outside in the sun.
12. Diluted Vinegar
If you have clothes that require dry cleaning or are delicate, then instead of hydrogen peroxide, use one part of vinegar for 6-7 parts of water. Dip the clothes in this solution for 2 hours. Wash it afterward with regular laundry detergent.
As the fiber of some materials can get damaged with harsh detergents, it is advisable to dilute every harsh ingredient you use for clothes.
Be sure to smell your clothes before putting them in the dryer, if the smell remains, wash them again or else, you will seal the odor permanently.
How to Remove Skunk Smell from the House?
To remove the skunk smell from your house, you can use the following methods:
13. Vinegar Bowls
If you are unsure about the source of the odor, then keep bowls or any old container filled with vinegar at different places in your house. Let them remain there for at least 24 hours. If the smell remains, replace it by keeping new bowls.
Note: If you have kids at home, place the bowls out of their reach.
14. Room Fresheners
After putting vinegar bowls, spray any room freshener in your house. It will not remove the odor permanently, but will make your house smell good.
15. Change Filters
Before adopting any other method, just replace the old filters of your AC and heaters. It will help minimize the smell coming from vents.
16. Bleach Scrub
For removing the unpleasant odor from desks, cupboards and other furniture, mix one part of bleach with nine parts of water. Dip a sponge in the solution and scrub the furniture. Later, rub the surface with regular water. Repeat the whole process if smell still exists.
Note: Try all of these techniques with appropriate safety in order to avoid any harm.