Monday, August 27, 2012

Home Remedies for Skunk Odor

Skunks sometimes called ‘polecats’ are well known for spraying a nasty smelling oily pale-yellow liquid through its anal glands as a means to defend itself or as a warning.

Skunk smell is made up of sulfurous chemicals that are called thiols which are stored in the skunk’s anal glands. These thiols contain a strong repellent odor which stays on the skin and fur for sometime making it difficult to get rid of.

Dogs and humans are easily prone to skunk smell attacks since skunks tend to frequent areas such as yards and gardens in homes where garbage is kept.

A skunk smell attack can leave the victim suffering from the following symptoms:
  • Watery eyes
  • Nasal irritation
  • Nausea
  • Severe eye inflammation

Skunk smell is not easy to remove. But there are some home remedies which people have turned to in order to get rid of the stench. Listed below is one such remedy.


1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup of baking soda
2 teaspoons of liquid soap
1 quart of lukewarm water


Mix all the ingredients in a large bucket. Wash the skin with the mixture. Rinse the skin with warm water afterwards.

If it’s your dog that has suffered a skunk smell attack apply the mixture on its fur and leave on for 3 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water. You might have to repeat the treatment 2 times to fully get rid of the odor.

Use 3% hydrogen peroxide as its not strong.

© Suranee Perera 2012

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