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How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell inside Your House

Do you have bad odors inside your house? Are they giving your house an unpleasant feel, and are making anyone who enters feel extremely uncomfortable? I have your answer! Your house has probably been attacked by the bad odors of skunks. Skunk smell inside homes is a big problem as it becomes hard to manage the odor they leave behind. This guide will be your solution on how you can get rid of the skunk smell from everything inside your home.

What is a skunk?

A skunk is a mammal characterized by its black and white body, sometimes they are different in color depending on what type of skunk they are. A skunk is known to have a strong, unpleasant odor. Skunks use their anal scent glands as a defense mechanism when they begin to sense danger. They have two glands, which produce their odor known as skunk spray.

It is a mixture of chemicals containing sulfur and has a nauseating odor. They spray when they sense an enemy near them. This way they scare the enemy. Fun Fact: The pressure the spray comes out with can cause irritation and temporary blindness for humans!


If you neglect the smell for too long, it can sink into your home and then it will take you longer to get rid of and more effort from your side.

How to Deal With Skunk Smell

Situation 1:

This method will get rid of the skunk smell that is in your house. For this method, you will need vinegar, bowls, large bucket, bleach, ammonia, and a sponge. Firstly, you must begin by placing bowls of vinegar around your house so the smell is lessened. Vinegar has a property of absorbing odors but this is done in the course of a day or two. Secondly, you must begin to scrub your floors with bleach and make sure you follow the directions written on the bleach (bleaches can have different ways of usage). For wooden floors, you will need to use ammonia diluted with water.

Remember to keep your windows open. By opening the windows, you will get sunlight and fresh air into your house, which will help defeat the smell of skunks. This ventilation needs to happen so that the stench that is in your house will get defeated. Ultraviolet rays from the sun help neutralize any smell including the smell of skunks. Keeping fans open is also a good initiative, as it will keep air circulation around your house.

Make sure you clean the filters, as the smell of the skunks tends to be stuck to your filters. You can also spray air freshness around your house, as it will give a pleasant smell in your house. The air freshener should be labeled as a deodorization. These deodorization sprays have the ability to get rid of skunk smells rather than masking them.

Situation 2:

This method is for when your clothes are stinking. What you will need for this is hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, wooden spoon, large bucket, laundry detergent, and baking soda. Hydrogen peroxide works amazing against the smell of skunks. Remember, it can damage your clothing so you will have to dilute it with something to make it a little less powerful.

Mix six parts of water with just one part of hydrogen peroxide. After you have mixed the solution, soak your clothing in the solution for one or two hours. Before starting, make sure you check how your clothing is before adding the hard chemical. If you have delicate clothing, you can use vinegar as a substitute. It will not be as effective as hydrogen peroxide but it will work to get rid of the smell. If you are using vinegar, you have to add 4 parts of water with one part of vinegar. You will have to leave your clothes in the solution for as long as three to 4 hours.

After you have soaked them in the mixture for the required time, put your clothes in the washing machine and add half cup of baking soda to it. To ensure the smell has completely gone, leave your clothes in the sun until they are dry.

Situation 3:

This is the situation when you think that you stink or your pet does! You will need 3% hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dishwashing detergent. You will need to pour a quarter of the hydrogen peroxide, quarter, or half-cup baking soda and a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent in a large bucket. Mix the solution well so everything is well incorporated. Then, you will need to dip a rag into this solution and rub yourself or your pet with it. Do not keep the leftover solution!

Keep Repeating Everything!

Do not stop cleaning around the house with vinegar, bleach, or ammonia until the smell is completely gone. Keep your fans on and windows open so the smell can be ventilated. The cleaner you keep your house, the quicker you will get rid of the smell. Occasionally, you can use room fresheners so your house always has a pleasant smell coming from within!

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