Skunk Smell Removal

Being sprayed by a skunk is undoubtedly one of the most unforgettable experiences a person could ever have. The smell is reminiscent of rotten eggs bumped several notches up the rotten scale. What makes it really interesting, though, is the many methods being proffered for the removal of the putrid scent. Some methods simply mask the smell while others don’t work at all. So, the next time that you or your pet is beset by the same problem, what could be the best solution?

Research has pinpointed thiols as the most active compound for most species of skunks. The compound is made up of sulfur and hydrogen which gives it its distinctive smell. The spray is powerful enough to cause intense irritation to the eyes and nasal passage and can cause temporary blindness and disorientation. In order to remove the smell then, it is important to neutralize the thiols. Recommended methods of removing the smell of skunk spray simply mask it but do not remove the thiols. That is why when the fur gets wet the smell usually returns. The following is a proven solution that removes the smell using available household materials.

Skunk smell removal calls for the use of the following ingredients: hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and liquid soap or detergent. These ingredients work to neutralize the thiols present in the spray. Be warned, though, that using hydrogen peroxide on hair and fur will result to discoloration. To create your solution, mix 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide with ¼ cup baking soda and 1 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent. Immediately apply the solution to the spraying victim as the peroxide tends to dissipate after several minutes and may lose its efficacy. Let the solution set for at least 5 minutes then rinse off with tap water. Repeat the application when necessary. In lieu of hydrogen peroxide, you may also use the same amount of vinegar to the solution and apply as usual.

The best remedy for skunk smell, though, is still to avoid it. A skunk will only spray when it is surprised or threatened. Before spraying, however, it gives distinct warnings to the intruder. It stamps its foot, hisses, elevates its tail, or even attempts to run away. If the intrusion persists, the skunk will then display its posterior and unload the spray. The secretion comes from anal scent glands located just beside the anus. A skunk can spray with a high degree of accuracy even at distances of 5 meters. Knowing these warning signs will help you avoid upsetting the animal and, hopefully, prevent the unloading of its potent defense.

If your pet happens to be sprayed by a skunk, prevent it from entering your house and rubbing itself on all your furniture. Let your pet stay in a shade in the backyard for at least an hour to dissipate the odor somehow while you are preparing the deodorizing solution. Also take great care against bites from skunks as they are also carriers of rabies. Seek immediate medical help if bitten to prevent the possibility of rabies infection.

While skunk spray is not life threatening, it still helps to know some home remedies in case there is a need for one.

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