Who'd a thunk - skunk odor? Yep, there are still plenty of people and pets who have the occasional run in with a skunk(s).
Skunk spray contains a sulfuric based chemical and other compounds called thiols that come from their anal glands. The spray is their way of warding off unwanted predators. The spray also has a very unpleasant smell of rotten eggs.
Removing skunk spray is not the easiest thing to do but before you banish your pet to the backyard or you throw out your clothes, give this recipe a try, it's safe for both humans and pets.
Odor Remover Recipe:
If you or your pet got skunked this solution can be used to wash you, your pet, and your clothing. Wash thoroughly, the process may need to be repeated.
If you are using it to wash your skunk sprayed clothes, make sure you don't wash them with other clothing items.
Mix all ingredients in this recipe in equal parts:
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Dawn dish soap
Mix together the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide until the baking soda has dissolved completely.
Add the dish soap to the mix and stir.
Because your clothes might be a tougher case to remove skunk odors from, here is another recipe for laundering your clothes. Again, this method may need to be repeated.
- Laundry detergent, use liberally
- Vinegar, 4 cups per load
- Borax, 1 cup per load
Hopefully the clothing items you're washing can handle a hot water wash - they'll need it!
While the wash is filling add the mix.
Add your clothes.
Whatever you do, don't put anything in the dryer until the smell is gone, if you do and the smell isn't gone, you may have just set it permanently and will have to throw them away.
Products for Your Pet
If your pet is still a little bit stinky, here are some products that use microbes and enzymes to naturally remove the smell.
Earth's Balance - This will not hurt eyes or ears and will breakdown the biological matter from the skunk spray leaving your pet fresh smelling.
Skunk Off - comes as a soaker, spray and shampoo and won't hurt your pets eyes.