In a bucket, mix
together 32 fluid oz. of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
(H2O2) and 2 oz. of baking soda. Add to that
about 1 tsp. of dishwashing liquid and mix it
well. Wear rubber gloves, and scrub the clothes
in the bucket, the old-fashioned way, like your
great-grandmother used to wash your
grandfather's dirty trousers! However, this
solution might bleach the clothes a little bit,
so beware. You may just want to use regular
detergent for several cycles, if you want to
protect the color of the clothing.
How to remove skunk odor from a car - For a car,
just shampoo this mixture into the car seats.
You can use a stiff-bristled brush to really
scrub away. But remember, this can possibly
bleach the fabric a bit, so your other option is
to just use color safe laundry detergent. Truth
be told, your car is probably going to retain a
bit of skunk smell for a while. You can also use
an ozone machine to help eliminate the odor.
The first and most obvious rule for getting rid
of skunk smell is not to get sprayed by the
critter in the first place. A skunk will not
come upon another living being and decide to
spray it just because it can. It is a defense
mode when it feels threatened. If you come
across a skunk, just walk away in the opposite
direction. Don’t wait to see what the skunk will
do. You may be lucky and the skunk leaves first.
If the skunk happens to have babies, the outcome
will most likely be quite different and you will
need the advice of how to get rid of skunk
smell. Dogs and cats are frequently the target
because of their inquisitiveness. Either way,
human or animal, the acrid smell is
If You Were The Spray Target
One could wonder sometimes where skunks learned
to aim so accurately. It seems when they make up
their mind to spray someone they will hit their
target unless the target runs.
Even if you have never smelled the spray of a
live skunk, most of us have driven along the
road and gotten that odor into the car from a
skunk that was killed. To be hit directly by
that spray not only takes your breath away, it
also burns on your skin. It has been claimed
that permanent blindness from skunk spray is
very rare indeed; it can result in temporary
blindness if some of the spray got into your
eyes. If you are the victim of this mishap, try
to protect your eyes as best you can. Even if no
blindness, temporary or otherwise results, the
burning sensation on the skin would probably
feel much worse in the eyes. So, if you are hit
by skunk spray, hurry to get it rinsed off right
What Do I Use To Wash The Smell From My Body?
You are in luck because people before you have
been in your shoes and developed a fine mixture
with which to rid yourself of that offensive
smell. In a bucket, mix together 32 fluid oz. of
3% Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) and 2 oz. of baking
soda. Add to that about 1 tsp. of dishwashing
liquid and mix it well. Wash yourself sponge
bath fashion, making sure to protect your eyes.
You can wash your hair in this as well.
When you are finished, shower and wash it all
off. You may have to repeat this if one time
didn’t cleanse you of the odor completely. If
there is any of the mixture left, dilute it with
water, then discard it in the drain with water
running all the while. Let plenty of water run
after it has gone down the drain.
If The Target Was Your Dog
The same solution for humans also applies for
dogs. It may be a bit more difficult to scrub
your furry dog down with this solution because
the dog may not want to stand still long enough.
Protect your dog’s eyes from the solution by
sudden head movements. Place a drop of baby oil
in each eye to coat them. Then wash the dog,
part by part rather than dumping the mixture
onto his fur. Rub the mixture into each part so
that it saturates his entire coat. When you are
finished with him, wait for several minutes
before rinsing it off with plain water.
Depending how badly your dog was sprayed, you
may have to repeat the entire process once or
twice more. Make sure you dispose of the
Hydrogen Peroxide solution right away, with lots
and lots of water to avoid a reaction.
In An Emergency
If no Hydrogen Peroxide is available within a
short time, try using toothpaste all over your
dog. Smear it all over his fur, the thicker the
better and let it dry. After it is dry, wash it
off. If there is residual odor, it will be
tolerable until you can get to a drugstore for
the Hydrogen Peroxide.
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