Skunks have the reputation for being the smelliest mammals on earth. It’s not their body that stinks; it’s the urine which they use as a defense mechanism against predators and competitors that does. In many place in the US, skunks like to live in the proximity of humans because of easy availability of food and shelter. And annoyingly, they tend to squirt on anything that comes across them, including humans and pet animals. If you happen to live in an area infested by skunks, you will know that there is hardly any smell that is more disgusting and overpowering than skunk odor. Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of skunk smells and here are some of them:
From you body: If you can lay your hands on some hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, you will easily be able to get rid of skunk stench. Add a quart of hydrogen per oxide to half a cup of baking soda and mix the two to make a thick paste. Rub the paste liberally on your skin, wait for a few minutes and then take a shower. You can use any of your favorite soaps and shampoos to wash off the paste. This will leave you smelling as fresh as ever.
From your pet: If you pet animal has skunk smell on it, first rub baking soda on its skin with your hands. Wearing a pair of gloves would be a good idea. Then rub a little hydrogen peroxide on the pet’s skin. Wait for a few minutes and then give the pet a good bath. You can use any pet soaps and shampoos to wash off the mixture.
From you home and workplace: If your home, workplace, garage and other areas are filled with the terrible skunk stench, the best and the least expensive way to get rid of it is to use bleach. Add some bleach to a big bucket of water, stir the mixture and pour the mixture over the areas where the skunk smell is coming from. A few words of caution: when you are pouring the mixture, the stink actually becomes worse. But slowly, the mixture will evaporate and take the skunk smell away with it. Wait for four to five hours and then wash off the area with clean water.
From your clothes: If the horrible skunk stench is coming out of your clothes, carpets and mattresses wash them with some vinegar and baking soda. First, mix these two substances in water and then use wash the clothes with the water. You can use any fabric soap. When washing a carpet, scrub properly. After that dry the clothes in the sun as the heat and fresh air will remove whatever smell that is left behind. If this doesn’t work, then your only option is to take the clothes to the dry cleaners.