How do you get the skunk odor out of your home? My dog was sprayed last night, all of our clothes and the house has the smell of skunk.
Stacy from CT
I feel so badly for you! I'll give you several ideas: (ozone machines, Coca-Cola, vinegar and Fabreze) to get the smell out of your clothes and home. We had a house fire some years back and the pros suggested using 1 can of regular Coca-Cola (not sugarless and not Pepsi) added to a regular sized load of laundry (w/laundry soap). The results totally amazed me! The Coca-Cola removed all traces of the smoke smell from even the worse smelling draperies, throw rugs, and clothing. If it removes the smell of smoke, maybe it will work equally well with skunk.
White vinegar (or any vinegar) it works amazingly well at removing any and all odors from anywhere, it even removes fried-fish odors! You might try putting the vinegar in a spray bottle with just a bit of water added and spraying it around the places your dog went in your home. I believe the reason they told us to wash our pets in tomato juice in the old days was the "acidity" of the tomato juice and we all know that vinegar is full of acidity! You may want to try adding vinegar to your wash if the Coke doesn't work.
Also, if you just Google "Skunk" on the web, you'll find countless professional products you can buy to remove the smell. If it were me, I'd finish off the whole thing by spraying Febreze all over the house!
One of the best things that happened after the smoke (from the house fire) had taken over our whole house was that the pros brought in an "ozone machine" (you can rent one). This ozone machine removed any and all traces of smoke smell from the whole house in just 2 days. Be careful though, as ozone machines can remove oxygen from the air, so you shouldn't be in the same room as one that's running, but call the rental places in your area and check this option out, you won't regret it! (02/20/2008)
Buy lots of inexpensive ground coffee. Put bowls of it around the house for several days; close rooms where you can. Since opening your house up to air is not a good possibility at the moment, the coffee and charcoal might be your best bets! Febreze, too. (02/20/2008)
I have heard to use tomato juice for getting rid of the odor. Bathe the dog with it. You might check with a vet for more tips. (02/21/2008)
Call a local wildlife rehab group, your fish and game department and a professional exterminator; one of them will probably know how to eliminate the odor.
Here are some links that cover removing the odor from the dog:
There is also a product called "DESKUNK"; enter the word in a search engine for suppliers.
Scroll halfway down the page of this link for solutions on removing skunk odor from household items:
My dog got hit for the first time just 3 hours ago. She's all cleaned up and I have a pot of water and cinnamon sticks boiling on the stove. It's dispersing the smell in the kitchen anyway, but the rest of the rooms still stink. I'm hoping they will get better as the day goes on.
I also plugged in my coffee maker in the room that smells the worst and brewed a pot of really strong coffee, that's helping too.
I used water and dog shampoo on my dog and then my parents brought over a commercial leave-in oil called Skunk Off, which they had from the last time their dog was sprayed. You can use it on dogs/cats, clothes, carpets, people, it worked really well. I wish I had bought some "just in case" before this happened. (04/23/2008)
I found that spraying a mixture of bleach and water into the air neutralizes the skunk smell, this also works outside around the house. This is cheaper than peroxide and baking soda and works. (07/24/2008)
My dog got skunked a few weeks ago and she also go into my house. I used a product called BON-CC-41 from BioWorld Products. It worked great. I washed my dog with the product and then I added a little to a rented carpet shampooer I got and it took care of all the smells. I also added it to my laundry which was a tip they gave me and it worked really well. I had tried all the other methods, but nothing worked. It helped to reduce the smell so I can stand it until I got the product. It had to be delivered from California, but they sent it out the same day. The people that work there are really great! I have never gotten such great customer service. They really know what they are talking about. That's why I am recommending them.
So Ketel (my Pitbull who just gave birth to 7 puppy Pits a couple days ago) got sprayed for the first time at 3 am last night. I used peroxide, baking soda, and dish soap. Amazing job. After bathing her 7 times, I can't even smell it on her anymore so now she can go back with her pups. But my house? Ugh! I sprinkled coffee grounds and baking soda on the carpets, opened all windows, hosed down the whole outside of the house, and now I'm baking cinnamon. Seems to be working, but I don't know if its just because I got used to the smell. (12/14/2010)
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