While skunks might use their spray as a defense mechanism, the odor left behind is more offensive than anything. The extremely foul smell can last for three weeks, and the longer it sits, the harder it is to remove. Acting quickly with the following tips will ensure your success in eliminating skunk odor.
One of the most common reasons someone might be dealing with skunk smell is anencounter between the family dog or cat and a startled skunk. If your pet has just gotten sprayed, make sure their eyes aren’t affected (if they seem uncomfortable and their eyes look irritated, seek a vet’s attention).
Also, make sure the pet touches as few indoor surfaces as possible. Then follow these steps to remove the skunk smell from your dog or cat:
Keep in mind that you cannot store this solution in a closed container. It will build pressure and eventually explode. It’s best to dilute it with water and pour it down the drain when finished. Also, don’t leave the hydrogen peroxide on your pet for more than five minutes, as it can lighten their fur color.
If your pet’s particularly difficult to wrangle in the bathtub, keeping its collar around its neck might be necessary. Otherwise, take the collar off the pet, remove the tags, and throw it in the wash right away. Simply replacing the collar is also an option.
Skunk odor can linger for days or weeks, depending on its intensity. Here are some tips for in-house skunk smell removal.
When you’re done, be sure to change the air filters in your HVAC system or the odors might hang around.
Skunk spray can travel ten feet and potentially settle into the porous surfaces of wooden decks and play sets or natural stone walkways. But there are ways to deodorize these outdoor structures.
Do not use this solution in a pressure washer. The overspray can bleach plants or other unintended items.
Launder any affected outdoor fabrics in a washer set to the hottest setting with ½ cup of baking soda and laundry detergent. If items are too large, use a steamer to neutralize the odor.
These tips will help get rid of the skunk smell, but remember to work quickly so the odor has less time to settle in.