How to Get the Skunk Smell Out of Furniture


When skunks feel threatened or in danger, they release a very foul odor as a defense to protect themselves. To humans, this is a very unpleasant smell. The spray released from skunks is actually an oil compound. Considering oil and water do not mix, plain water will not take the skunk smell out of furniture. The smell will need to be broken down and dissolved. When you find that your furniture has been sprayed, don't worry, there are solutions to get the odor out and neutralized.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 quart vinegar or peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 tsp. dishwashing soap
  • Large bowl
  • Clorox
  • Rag
  • Fabric deodorizer
  • Steam cleaner
  • Begin working on the affected area of the furniture as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the harder it will become to remove the odor.

  • Create a solution of 1 quart vinegar or peroxide with 1/4 cup baking soda and about 1 tsp. dishwashing soap. Mix the ingredients inside a large bowl. For outdoor furniture, you can create your own solution of one part Clorox and nine parts water. Other over-the-counter products containing odor-neutralizing effects are available for both outdoor and indoor furniture if you do not want to create your own solution.

  • Use a rag and massage the solution into the affected areas. You can also spray the area and blot it up quickly with a rag.

  • Steam clean the furniture. If you have a steam-cleaning machine, go ahead and use it to get rid of the skunk smell. You can also hire professionals to steam clean it for you if your home solutions are not working.

  • Spray the furniture with a fabric deodorizer after you have used the solution or steam cleaner. This can help create a fresh scent.

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