How to Clean Skunk Spray


Skunk spray is notorious for sticking around for a long time. The spray is a natural defense meant to discourage other animals or humans from approaching. Most humans know to stay away from skunks, but sometimes it is out of their control. Often, pets play with skunks or skunks find their way into garages or sheds. In such situations, dealing with skunk spray is almost inevitable. The odor can be removed from any type of material or substance.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Dish detergent
  • Wooden spoon
  • Mop bucket
  • Water
  • Bleach
  • Spray bottle
  • Tomato paste

Remedy for Clothing

  • Pour a liter of white vinegar in the mop bucket. If you do not have a bucket, use a large mixing bowl.

  • Add 1/4 cup of baking soda to the vinegar. It will cause a chemical reaction that produces foam, so mix it in slowly to prevent an overflow.

  • Mix in a teaspoon of dish detergent. Mix everything together with a wooden spoon.

  • Soak the sprayed clothing in the solution for one hour. Remove clothing and wash in the washer as usual. Furniture, carpet and curtains can also be cleaned with this solution.

Remedy for Home Exterior

Remedy for Animals

  • Rub one can of tomato paste into your animal's skin and fur. If it is a large animal, you may need to use more than one can.

  • Rinse the tomato paste out of the fur with lukewarm water.

  • Dry the fur and smell the animal. It may take several attempts to get the smell out.

Tips & Warnings

  • Put rags soaked in ammonia around your house to repel skunks.


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