Solution for How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell

The smell of skunk is hard to miss and even harder to ignore, especially when it is in your home, on your clothes or on your pet. There are hundreds of commercial items available that claim to erase skunk odors from just about anything, but they are not always your best option. Instead of going to a store for commercial skunk removers that may or may not work, try using a few common household chemicals to get rid of skunk smell.

Removing Odor From Pets or People

Skunk odor is familiar and offensive.

Combine the hydrogen peroxide, liquid dish soap and baking soda in a small bucket.

Apply the peroxide, dish soap and soda mixture to your pet or person using a rag. If the person or animal is sensitive to being soaked in the mixture, a small spray bottle can be used to apply the solution.

Allow the solution to soak on a furry animal for up to 5 minutes. The solution does not need to sit more than a minute or two on a human.

Rinse the solution from the skin or fur with water.

Repeat washing and rinsing as necessary until the odor is gone or tolerable.

Removing Odor From Rooms

Pour the cider vinegar into a wide-mouthed bowl.

Place the bowl of vinegar in the middle of the affected room.

Leave the bowl overnight or longer, if necessary.

Removing Skunk Odor From Fabric

Wash the affected clothing in your normal wash cycle with regular laundry detergent, but do not dry it.

Mix together the white vinegar, dish soap and baking soda in a large bucket.

Dip the clothing in the bucket and agitate gently, letting it soak for a few minutes.

Remove clothing and wring out.

Place in the regular wash cycle with detergent, then dry if the smell is gone. If the smell remains, repeat as necessary.

Things You Will Need

  • 1 quart hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons liquid dish soap
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • Small bucket
  • Cloth or rag
  • Small spray bottle
  • Small, wide mouthed bowl(s)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 quart white vinegar
  • Large bucket


  • Peroxide will sting if it gets into any cuts or abrasions on the skin. Protect your hands with gloves and use caution when washing animals.
  • Peroxide will bleach clothing, fabrics and some natural materials. Always test a small, inconspicuous area to rule out fading or bleaching effects before use.

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Jenna Johnson has been writing online since 2009 and is published on several websites. She attended college in Washington and graduated with a bachelor's degree in anthopology/social studies. While her educational background focuses on society and culture, her writing reflects her experiences and knowledge gained on the job as a wife and mother.

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