How to Get Rid of an Outdoor Smell

Amanda Flanigan

The outside of your home provides a wonderful area to relax, and enjoy nature. Unfortunately, stray cats, skunks and even mold can all cause a nose-wrinkling odor to appear on the outside of your home, and in the yard. These odors will quickly turn the great outdoors into an unpleasant place that you avoid at all costs. If rinsing the offending area with a water hose does little to alleviate the stinky odor, try a few inexpensive remedies, that some homeowners keep on hand.

Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda and Dish Soap

Outdoor odors can linger in the area for days.
  1. Fill a bucket with 4 cups of hydrogen peroxide. If possible, use high-grade peroxide -- such as 20 or 35 percent -- over the common 3 percent that is available in drug and grocery stores.

  2. Add 4 tsp. of baking soda and 4 drops of liquid dish soap to the peroxide. Stir the contents together with a wooden spoon of several seconds, until thoroughly mixed.

  3. Pour the mixture carefully into a clean garden sprayer. Mist the smelly outdoor locations with the mixture. Let the mixture air dry and repeat the process as needed.

Vinegar and Water

  1. Fill a clean garden spray with equal parts cold water, and white vinegar. Stir the water, and vinegar together with a spoon.

  2. Mist the offending area with the diluted vinegar, and let it air dry. Take care when spraying vegetation with the mixture, since vinegar can kill grass and plants.

  3. Repeat the process, if the odor remains.