How to Get Rid of a Skunk Smell With Peroxide

Skunks spray as a defensive mechanism when they feel threatened.

Skunk smell can be overpowering.Skunk smell can be overpowering.
The smell of skunk spray is distinctive and overpowering. If that spray happens to be targeted at you, your family or your family pet, the smell can be even worse, since you cannot get away from it. Many people will reach for tomato juice as a treatment, but they usually are left smelling like skunk and tomatoes. Luckily, there is a home remedy using hydrogen peroxide that will effectively remove the skunk smell from your or your pets.

Empty a 1-qt. bottle of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide into a medium-sized bucket. Add 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 tsp. liquid dish detergent. If you do not have baking soda, use sodium bicarbonate. If you do not have liquid dish detergent, use liquid soap.

Use a wooden spoon or your hands to thoroughly mix the ingredients together.

Place cotton balls into the ears of any pet that will be bathed to help keep the cleaner out of the ears.

Use the mixture like a shampoo to bathe the skunk spray victim. Use the mixture immediately. Do not let it sit too long or the solution will lose effectiveness.

Rinse the mixture completely using clean tap water.

Repeat the application a second or third time if necessary.

Towel dry and groom as usual.

Things You Will Need

  • 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
  • Bucket
  • Baking soda
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cotton balls
  • Water
  • Towel


  • If you are bathing an animal, especially one that might be afraid of baths, use extra care. Wear gloves to protect your hands and long sleeves to protect your arms. If possible, have a second person help with the bathing. Also, wearing gloves while bathing the animal will keep the oils off of you.


  • Use this cleaner to pre-treat your clothes before putting them in the washing machine; however, be aware that the hydrogen peroxide will likely bleach the fabrics.
  • This cleaner is best applied outside to keep the odor isolated outside as well as to keep it off of carpets inside. If you have to use it inside, consider wiping down the victim with an old rag you can throw away, before entering the house. This will help remove some of the oils first.
  • Be aware that hydrogen peroxide may cause bleaching to your or your pet's hair.