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Removing Skunk Smell From House

I need advice for ridding skunk odors in the home.

Cinda from Clyde, Ohio


Removing Skunk Smell From House

Because this is so long, I'm reposting the Peroxide, Baking Soda, Dish Soap mixture:


The only thing that really works is a quart of peroxide with a quarter cup of baking soda and a teaspoon of dish soap. Mix it up and use immediately on pet. Around the house this solution may bleach some things so be careful but walls and floors should be okay to wash. (02/27/2006)

By Zoe(/quote) (06/27/2007)

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Removing Skunk Smell From House

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Removing Skunk Smell From House

Put some vinegar in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Then go all through the house with the pan. This works pretty good for me.

Joanie (06/29/2007)

By Joanie

Removing Skunk Smell From House

Seems like the best way to get the whole-house benefit of using coffee would be to roast some. When my Mom roasts her coffee, she buys green coffee beans and then roasts them for a (couple hours?) and it fills the house with heavenly coffee smell. You could buy lightly-roasted pale coffee and roast it to dark. I don't even drink coffee, but I keep the grounds on hand and put some in a dry pan, to roast on the stovetop for a few minutes, just because I totally love the aroma! Sorry to hear all the really painful stories, I had no idea what that was like! God bless every poor dog and owner out there! (06/29/2007)

By Kim Ch

Removing Skunk Smell From House

Our yorkie attacked a skunk at three in the morning. I previously heard that cinnamon mouthwash worked great for removing the smell. Well it worked wonders! My yorkie doesn't smell at all. We just washed him in the cinnamon mouth wash. (07/07/2007)

By henry

Removing Skunk Smell From House

I did the boil vinegar and walk around the house thing while making coffee... and burning candles.. so far so good! (07/23/2007)


By cristina

removing skunk smell

The baking soda/peroxide/dawn mixture is the only way to go!! I work for an animal shelter and we recommend this all the time. You may also want to consider putting an eye ointment in to protect the eyes, not only from the skunk spray, but also from the bath. My lab/hound mix got hit right in the face, I applied the mixture very carefully by using a wash cloth so as not to get in his eyes. When I rinsed him I covered his eyes so it wouldn't run in. Unfortunately, he did get in the house so we are still working on that. The candles, incense and coffee grounds are doing the trick. As for myself, I had to bath with the mixture after I wrestled with my 80 lb. dog in the tub! Good Luck to everyone with this problem! (09/07/2007)

By Annie Luczkow

Removing Skunk Smell From House

Our house got sprayed underneath the porch. The smell was so bad that we were forced to move out of the house for 3 weeks. This happened in early Feb. and was during an absolutely cold cold period. Windows were not an option. Vinegar in bowls with coffee grounds in each room was definitely the best solution. It took time but finally the house was rid of the smell. (09/30/2007)

By Chili

Removing Skunk Smell From House


What everyone says here absolutely works. My dogs got sprayed tonight and I immediately checked this page for ideas on how to get the smell out of my dogs and house.


Use rubber gloves and get into some old clothes that you don't mind getting the smell on. Get a metal bowl (large) or any other container to mix the ingredients in. Use hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dish soap. I also threw in a tiny bit of vinegar. You dont necessarily have to measure out parts of the ingredients, i just threw in enough stuff to be sure it covered my dog. I slowly poured it over the back of the neck of my dog and going down his spine using all the ingredients in the bowl. By the way if you have someone to help you it will go easier. Then I scrubbed the dog for around 5-10 minutes. I then washed off my dog with warm water. Then I did the above step all over again. After rinsing the second time I used some dog shampoo, gave a good scrubbing and rinse and VOILA! The smell was gone! I will check again tomorrow for smell on them and if so I will repeat one more time and that should surely get rid of the smell. I couldn't believe how effective and quick this worked! It was really unbelievable.


Set oven at 250 and keep open the door just a crack. Use a metal cookie sheet and put cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger all over sheet and let roast in oven. Soon your house will smell great! I don't know yet how the house will smell tomorrow (if there will be skunk or cinnamon smell) but this is definetely a quick and easy fix. ALSO -- boil some vinegar in a pot and throw in some cinnamon and apples and this helps out a ton as well. Again, I couldn't believe how quick and fast and effective this worked in getting the smell out of my house. Tomorrow will be the true test on both of these, but all signs are that they work great and I HIGHLY recommend these methods in getting skunk smell out of your house and off your dogs! The good thing about these methods are that they are inexpensive, quick, easy, and most houses already have the ingredients in them! Take care and good luck everyone! (10/19/2007)

By Coopa20

Removing Skunk Smell From House

Holy goodness that worked great! Cinnamon and coffee grounds baked at 250. Boiling cider vinegar with a cinnamon stick. And don't forget to walk the steaming pot around the house to release the vapors everywhere.

I'm gonna do this more often! even when a skunk hasn't sprayed. It smells so good. (10/25/2007)

By Kristen

Removing Skunk Smell From House

My geriatric, arthritic dog was sprayed in the face during a 2 am bathroom break. I was not about to bathe her (temperature in he 30's, and she was already stressed). I rinsed her eyes and mouth with cool water, wiped her with a wet towel, and worked Nature's Miracle enzyme solution well into her coat, wiping it off with a dry towel repeatedly -- spray, massage, rub with a dry towel. Most of the smell and all of the visible skunk spray was removed, and I repeated the process the next morning.


I just lived with the mild residual smell until she could be washed comfortably (that is, with no stress, and with proper drying conditions). Nature's Miracle is a great product to keep on hand and is a much more humane way to deal with a middle-of-the-night skunk attack than harsh hydrogen peroxide (incidentally, per the earlier posting, there is absolutely no scientific basis for adding vinegar to the peroxide/baking soda/soap mix...that mix exists as such for a chemically based reason). I lit incense and sprayed natural air freshener, stripped off all clothing that got near the dog and gathered all towels and washed them in hot water with Oxy Clean -- which removed the odor completely.

I get upset hearing people going on about how awful it it is have a dog skunked, and then they go on about how they ran around and did this and that to the dog and the house...and I feel horrible for the poor animal feeling that they are the object of all that stress and anger. My advice is to calmly deal with it in as noninvasive a way as possible (Nature's Miracle), then go back to bed, tuck in your dog, and address the bathing and washing in the morning when you aren't angry at your beloved pet. It's just a smell. It goes away. (01/25/2008)

By Consider the dog!

Removing Skunk Smell From House

My hound dog Dylan was sprayed by a skunk a week ago today. After cleaning the carpets and airing out the house for nearly a week. My kitchen still smelled really bad when I opened a cabinet door. It finally dawned on me that my shelf paper was odor absorbent. OMG - when I started peeling up the contact paper, I just about passed out! I had to remove all the dishes, pots & pans & everything from the drawers too. I pulled up that paper from everywhere and then scrubbed the wooden cabinets with XO odor removal. It still smells a bit but so much better. Now I'm washing all the dishtowels and pot holders. The odor is clinging to my wooden rolling pin and wooden bowls too.

They are airing out in the front yard along with all the bedding from the "doggie den". My neighbors thought I was having a yard sale. I've tried the cinnamon and coffee and citrus candles. I think this odor will take a really long time to go away, but it's getting better. As far as my dog, he got the tomato juice bath right away but his nose and ears still smell and his breath is horrible. He is eating and drinking his water and seems to have plenty of energy so I guess time will help him smell better too. (02/25/2008)

By Pat in Texas

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