Removing Skunk Odors
Unfortunately I seem to have a constant need for this information and the more I drive around town, camp or am generally out and about – skunk odors are everywhere.
So maybe some of you want to know. Now I must say I have no known way to get rid of skunks (that has worked) which is why I need to know how to remove the odor.
There are many solutions available online and I have not seen the specific recipe anywhere – although there are variations of it. But this is what I am sticking to because it works. In the last three weeks our
has been sprayed four times! It is getting so old… Newfoundland
According to my research a skunk can spray up to 6 or 7 times, in succession. But then, they do not build up their “spray stores” for another 10 days. They can aim their spray, very accurately up to 15 feet. It is definitely a self preservation mechanism and is intended to ward off predators.
We have had woodchuck problems in our yard for several years. However, they pretty much disappear when the kids or dogs go outside. The skunks though – hang out in the backyard and hide under the vehicles so we don’t see them until we are upon them – which of course scares them – and you know how that story ends…
Here is what we use and we are keeping the ingredients on hand at all times right now.
1 regular sized bottle of plain baby shampoo – we use Johnson and
Johnson but I don’t think it matters as long as it isn’t scented
1 regular sized bottle of hydrogen peroxide – any brand we can find
1 regular sized box of baking soda – we use Arm and Hammer
Mix it all in a bucket then scrub every inch of your body or your dog’s body with it. And yes, it has been used on humans and dogs because there is always a kid or adult getting sprayed right now in the neighborhood.
Lastly – throw out whatever clothes you were wearing. As much as I hate to throw things out – I can’t think of one reason you would risk keeping clothes that have been sprayed by a skunk. Unless they are the absolute only items of clothing you have – ditch them. And I hope you already know to strip out of them as quickly as you safely can once getting sprayed. The less oil that makes it through to your skin – the less you will need to soak yourself in this solution.
Although tomato sauce is a minorly effective solution – this is much more effective and the ingredients are much easier to come by. When my dog gets sprayed you can’t even smell her (after cleaning) unless you stick your face right into her fur. And
have tons of hair!