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5 Ways Get Skunk Smell Out Of Your Home

Oh my little sweet Westie Zuri... she  looks as if butter wouldn't melt in her mouth right? But she has managed in the last 10 days to get skunked three times! 


The last time was the worse as it happened right at our back door and she raced back in before I had realized what had happened.

Having lived with dogs all my life I have had to deal with skunk odor many a time (one time I was standing behind a dog when she got skunked and I got the full blast of it as well), and this is what I have learned from the professionals and from my own experience on how to get the skunk smell out of your house.

5 Ways to Get Skunk Smell OUT of Your Home
Actually... more than 5

If at all possible don't let your dog back into your house and wash them outside. This will help a lot. If they got in before you could do that then you are going to have to track down exactly where they went in the house. 

(With our dog she came through the dog flap in the back door, brushed against the curtains and laid down on her dog bed.)

Close the windows and doors on the side of the house that the skunk sprayed. Close all the bedroom doors so the smell does not migrate into them.

If the smell is in the house you need to remove all soft furnishing in that area if possible, take down curtains and remove upholstered items. I was able to put ours into our garage.

From a professional fire and water restoration cleaner (who also has dealt with skunk) I learned that you need to wipe down all surfaces with Windex.

Tables, chairs, walls and flooring. You don't need to saturate the surfaces but to give everything a good wipe.

Items that you can not wash, like books should be put in a plastic bag with several scoops of odor stopping Cat Litter and left for about a week.
Fill a large pot with White Vinegar and put it to boil.

Vinegar boils down quite quickly so keep an eye on it and keep topping it up. When you smell more vinegar than skunk you can turn off the heat and let it sit. I also put bowls of vinegar in every room of the house (and then had a very strong craving for Fish and Chips).

Odor-Fighting Foot Powder is really good at soaking up the smell.

The dog bed has a mattress (that I couldn't wash, it was made from memory foam) that I was having a problem with so I used the Odor Eaters powder and left it in the garage for two days and that worked for me.

Sunlight helps remove mild smells so if it is sunny you can put outside any items to air out in the sun. Make sure you are doing this somewhere where there is no skunk odor. 

If at all possible see if you can rent a Air Scrubber from either a rental store or a hardware store.  We happened to have 3 fans in our house that we set up to circulate the air to the front of the house where the windows were open. We left the fans running continuously for 3 days.

While I had washed the dog with a concentrated dog shampoo the smell lingered slightly so I gave her a second wash with 1/2 cup of Baking Soda and 1 Tablespoon of Dawn Ultra Dish Soap

This helped a lot but as we all know, skunk smell keeps coming back on dog fur so I also sprinkled Baking Soda on her daily and after 10 minutes brushed it out.

So how is it now? It's been 6 days and I can confidentially say the smell is out of the house.  Were we unlucky this year? Well there seems to be more skunks about in our neighborhood than I have ever seen before and some of these skunks look big enough to put a saddle on! I also know that we are not the only ones that have been dealing with multiple skunk sprays.

So good luck! With these tips you should be able to get your home skunk free and sweet smelling again!

We don't let our dog out into the backyard now after twilight because quite frankly, I don't think I could take her being sprayed a 4th time this year!

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