Getting Rid Of Skunk Smell

How To Get Rid of Skunk Smell

I usually post all kinds of quick and easy dinner ideas, breakfast recipes like baked oatmeal, delicious desserts, and even some kitchen tips, but I will warn you that this post has nothing to do with food! It has to do with how to get rid of skunk smell.

Yes, you read that right, this post is about how I got rid of skunk smell in my house and on my dog.

Most days I love life in the country. One day last week though I was longing for the city. Today I am posting about something most of you will never need, in fact you probably really don’t want this information.

But I want to remember this information, so what better way to remember where the information is then to put it on my blog. And even if you do not need this information I am sure you will get a good laugh out of my story.

We woke up one night last week to our dog barking, more like yelping, quite loudly and wildly. A few minutes later we smelled a skunk. Well, that explained what he was mad at. But we went back to sleep forgetting about it.

Fast forward a few hours. I was awake, but still laying in bed and smelling the skunk smell wondering why, when my daughter came running in to the room yelling, ” Mom, Roy (our german shep) has a skunk in his mouth and daddy is chasing him around the yard trying to get it away.”

I jumped out of bed to see if my husband needed help, really hoping that he didn’t! Well, he did get the skunk away from the dog, but what a mess. It turns out that Roy killed the skunk, but not before all three dogs had been sprayed. And from the smell of the inside of our house I assume a lot of other things outside got sprayed as well.

The entire house smelled horrible. And to make matters worse not only had our dog killed the skunk, all the dogs decided to play with the skunk, so skunk hair was all over the yard.

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If you have never had this happen at your house, which I am assuming you have not, it is not pleasant. Not only did the inside of our house smell and the dogs smell, so did the dog house, the front porch, and the door mat on the front porch. All we could smell was skunk.

At this point I was wondering what in the world I was going to do. I knew I had to take care of the dog smell, but I was also wondering how I to get the smell out of my house. I searched the internet and found a few things for both problems, but then I remembered a friend telling me about a solution you could make to use on animals that had been sprayed. I found the information and decided to give it a try. This is the information she gave me.

Mix together:
1 quart hydrogen peroxide
1/4 c baking soda
1 tsp liquid laundry soap or dish washing detergent

The first two ingredients from an alkaline peroxide that chemically changes the skunk essence into an odorless chemical. The soap breaks down the oily skunk essence an makes it more susceptible to the other chemicals.Chemicals in this formula are harmless and can be used on people, clothing and pets. Use immediately after mixing; do not store (it will expand and can burst a closed container.)

I made some of this up and put it in a spray bottle. I was careful as it was bubbly and I did not want it to explode. I sprayed the dogs down, hosed them off, and sprayed them down again. This worked really well. I could not believe how well.

We have had dogs sprayed in the past and used tomato juice and also tried something called skunk off. I think this was easier than those things and worked as well if not better. It was not a fun job, the dogs were not at all pleased about being cleaned. It was also time consuming, but worth it. They smelled much better.

We moved the dog house away from the house and the smell got better. We also threw out the door mat. I decided it was not worth trying to save.

But my house was still awful smelling. I called my mom to tell her/complain about my day. I knew she would sympathize/laugh at me since she has spent most of her life living in the country.

Well, she had a great tip that an older lady told her years ago. Vinegar, good old vinegar. It can fix almost anything can’t it. She told me to place vinegar in small bowls around the house and it would absorb the smell. I was not sure this would work, but I was willing to try. And do you know what it worked.

Now I am assuming it absorbed the smell, but it could be that the vinegar smell over powered the skunk smell. Either way vinegar smells better then skunk. But by the next day when I tossed out the bowls of vinegar you could not smell either the skunk or the vinegar so I think this trick really worked.

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  1. Donna Heidger says:

    Hi I wanted ti thank you for this cause it is nice to have especially me for iam dealing with a little stunker and his smell in my house every nite .Im so tired if this smell .

  2. I am so glad I came across this post! My dog chased a skunk this morning and luckily I don’t think she got a direct hit of spray, but between that and my hubby shooting it our house smells! We left only to discover that the smell is on a few of our things (backpacks,purse, wallet, my shirt even though I never messed with the dog or went outside during the ordeal). We did use baby powder on our dog since we did not have any tomato juice and that actually worked. I will have to try to vinegar once we get home- right now my husband has candles going until he leaves for work.

  3. Thank you! for the pas for the past week. A professional finally came and got it out but not before it sprayed the window. The entire house smells and the basement is worse. but inside the hous I am going to try the bowls o I am going to try the bowls of vinegar. Thank you again for your post I’m hoping the vinegar works!

  4. Barb Lafferty says:

    I hope this works as well for us as it did for you. Our dog got sprayed this morning and the whole entire house smells so bad it is making me nauseous.

  5. Omg thank u so much for the info I’m gonna try this right now. Our dog got sprayed late last nite and we r all dying right now

  6. Thank you for sharing this information! Our “small but mighty” dog had an encounter early this morning- thank goodness it is still warm enough to still open the windows and air out the house also.

  7. Sherri lewis says:

    Just had the same thing happen to me this am, only one dog skunked and me! Was leaving to go to work and did not think it had got on me, boy was I wrong! I work in a nursing home and the smells there are nothing compared to a skunk. All of my Co workers were making fun , so guess what I am dressing up for on Halloween for work. Lol

  8. We woke up this morning to a strange smell in our bedroom. It wasn’t overpowering until we came downstairs. It was very heavy in the kitchen worse in the dining room, continuing to get worse as we moved to the front of the house. Never did I think of skunk. We worried that it might be something electrical. So, off to work I went and long story short I had gotten used to the smell but when I got to work comments kept being made by co workers. They came up with all sorts of things they thought it was. I was taken into the conference room and sent home to change my clothes. I tried to explain that if the smell was that bad on me there would be no way I would go home to find clothes that didn’t smell too! So off I go to get containers of vinegar to place around the house on this rainy day and hope for the best.
    Thank you so much for your post.
    PS fortunately the Dogs are fine. I may just run the peroxide/water/det solution over their fur too.

  9. Dealing with the same thing. My dog got hold of a skunk last night at 2:30 in the morning! I knew about the peroxide mix and my dog smells ok now but my house is a different story. The problem I’m having is that before we could clean up the dog, he rolled on the beds and couches and now my house stinks something terrible. I’m going to have to give the vinegar a try. I certainly hope it works. I can’t afford to replace all my furniture.

  10. Thank you thank you thank you..I never thought of vinegar…i sure hope it has been three days and I am about to go crazy with the smell…my two dogs were sprayed my the skunk…OMG…unbelievable…I have tried everything…i
    I c’ant wait til tomorrow morning.. I put vinegar just a few minutes ago..and it already smells like vinegar…thank you again and again….have a great day…

  11. OMG, what a Halloween we had. Same thing as all above. Our dog wears a elcetronic collar when we let him ou, however ad we opened the door to put on him as we usually do he spotted something. & bolted before we got his collar on. We were yelling for him, when he didn’t come my husband went to find him. He was over his normal electronic fence line & just standing perfectly still. Asy husband kept calling him it was as if he followed his voice. As soon as my
    husband went out door he yelled skunk, I
    immediately closed laundry room door where our back door is that he bolted from. When we got him
    in he was foaming & drolling something awful &
    rubbing his face on the rugs. When we finally ahold of him so I could see his face he was drolling &
    foaming & had his eyes sealed so tight it looked like
    he didn’t have eyes. We immediately got a towel
    soaked in water and dripped it in his eyes and
    I wiped gently. Finally he was able to partialy open
    them and we put dry eyes drops in them and let it just run out. He got it in the face, head & neck. I
    immediately bathed him & we put all rugs & our clothing all coats that were hanging in that room
    outside. I didn’t think to look up online as about 25
    years ago when a dog I had got skunked the only
    options were tomato juice & something we
    purchased from vet that didn’t even work as well as tomato juice. So I used his dog shampoo & tomato
    juice trying to be careful around his eyes. Well it
    helped some, but i having a very sensutive nose
    could still smell it on his face. But figured thats the best i could do for him. We immedtately lit candles
    washed rugs with vinegar as I knew it helps with
    urine smells as my ex father in law was a carpet cleaner and laundry soap. Those came out ok.
    However when we eoke today omg thets thst smell I’m house again. So I researched online & found your site. I have now placed vinegar in all rooms, even though its 45* I’ve opened up house ti sir out. And rewashed dog with your mixture. He aleady smells better, but I can still faintly smell it but again my nose is very sensative & I had to be very careful around his eyes & nose & mouth. Hiwever I’m already pressed with how he smells. My point is I am so glad I found your site, wished I’d of thought of looking up any changes in 25 years that night. But was to worried about dog and just taking quick action. Thanks again for your post. Hopefully now being the 3rd day this will be succefull as I’ve already smell improvements.

    ok. However when we went to bed now its 5:30 am
    we blew out candles. We awoke to the awful smell again. I researched on line fir any new ideas & came across this site. Short of it at this point, I rewashed dog with soltion, much, much bettet, I can still faintly smell it. Nut its much better. I put bowels of vinegar in every room washedy bedspread as he sleeps therewith us

  12. Faith Thorne says:

    I am going to try this today. I really hope it works. My house stinks!

  13. Bonnie Smith says:

    I am trying the bowls of vingar. Do you have any thought on carpets my loving little guy came in and rubbed on the rug and I cant get to town to get any natures miracles skunk off any help would be very appreciated

    • Our dog had made it into one room & did the same rubbing his face on carpet. I took a bucket, put some vinegar in it and took a rag & damped rhe carpet slso stuck a briom into bucjet & famped caroet. I’m on day 5 now of doing this butI think its working. All I smell is vinegaer so I have my friend and daughter come over and try to smell the carpet they say you can hardly smell it anymore. Still working on my fogs face, I can stillfaintly smell it, so foing the peroxide mixture gently, we’re getting there. Good luck

  14. Thank you for this – will be trying it NOW ! What a night. Grandkids are coming
    for the weekend – house smells awful!

  15. Hi! You are a God send. Our dog chased a skunk last night in our back yard when we let him out to pee and he got sprayed in the mouth. This is the second time this has happened to him. This second time we own the house we live in and the smell is everywhere! This time around when we let him in the house we gave him an old towel right away to rub his mouth and face on which we threw away. This got most of the smell and spray off his face. Then I bathed him with your solution and with the exception of his mouth which I cant directly get into he smells fine but the house still smells. We quarantined him to the kitchen with his tent/crate and a baby gate so he couldn’t rub himself on the furniture in the living room and stuff. I remember from reading your post that we did do the vinegar bowls the last time so I’m doing them now again. I’m actually boiling some vinegar on the stove as well and this seems to work a bit better. Waiting for my kids to get home from work so they can tell me if they smell the difference since my nose is already used to the smell. I think everything is fine now until I get a whiff of some. Ugh. Thanks again! God bless.

  16. I did use the dog skunk remover but added water as I was told before i read your blog.. This happened at 1:45 in the winter morning..I am now going to put vinegar all around the house as you suggested because it smells like skunk. The dog ran into the house crying and rubbed all over the carpets and my bed and me. YUCK. Thank you for the info..

  17. i live in the city and woke up this morning to my whole house smelling like skunk. My dog sleeps with me, but we have a doggie door. I’m wondering how the skunk smell is so bad in the house. Did the skunk actually come in through the doggie door? I can’t find any evidence that the dog has been inside the house but the smell is so strong, it’s given me a headache. I’ll try the vinegar.

  18. Very grateful for the tips. Just bathed our dog in tomato juice b4 I read this, she smells much better. Just put the bowls of vinegar out. How do you get the smell out of your nose, it’s awful!

  19. I hope this will work for the skunk smell. How do you remove the smell from a sofa or things you can’t wash?

  20. Thanks for the info. I have tried so many sprays -pinesol – bleach and candles. Not sure where skunk went ???

  21. Bethany birce says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. My dog got sprayed by a skunk over the weekend. And the peroxide dish soap and baking soda cleaned him great! I now have bowls of vinegar around the house! I’m hoping it’s going to work! I’d rather smell vinegar all day over skunk lol! Again thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  22. OMG…I’m not the only one who has killer dogs! my dogs killed a skunk then played tug of war . ran in house before we could stop em! stunk sooo bad! used your suggestion. and it worked! thank you! thank you soooo much!?

  23. Can you use the mixture to shampoo carpets? It’s only in area he laid in

  24. Thanks for this post its the first I have come across to get the smell out of the house. Unfortunaletly my dogs encountered a skunk this morning and I cant smell anything but skunk even after 2 baths each with the peroxide mixture. So off I go to set out lot of vinegar!!!! Thanks

  25. We used to live in an area that frequently had a lot of skunks get into our back porch and spray all over and I have been sprayed. What neutralized the odor instantly on us and our dogs was plain ammonia placed in a small bowl then run your fingers through your hair and clothes But Do Not Get The Ammonia On Your Skin Or Hair. It only takes a few minutes then discard the ammonia in the bowl and let fresh air into the house and and the skunk and ammonia smell will be gone

  26. Hi Lynn, Thank you for the laugh, however, I do know its not funny at all to wake up to a stench like SKUNK, YUK! The smell woke me this morning I have lit all candles sprayed Lysol, made coffee, trying to mask the odor, but nothing is working, so I decided to research online, I have now placed bowls of vinegar around my home, crossing my fingers and hoping it works!!!! So thank you for the tip!
    smelling bad in London, Ky, Denise

  27. Thank you very much

  28. Jessica Oxley says:

    I’m So happy/amused to comes across your blog. I am litteraly in the same situation along with being 9 months pregnant. We live in the middle of nowhere in Texas Hill Country and both of my dogs and wolf where sprayed at night along with the entire exterior of our residence! I have already given them the same bath You had recommended. It seemed to help but not full proof. So I’m letting the groomer handel the rest. I’m off to deodorize the house and I’m keeping my fingers crossed, Wish me luck!

    Thanks for all the tips,

  29. My husband is a dog groomer he swears by that mix but only use dawn dish soap otherwise it dosnt work as well. Vinegar is defiantly the way to go instead of the bowls or in addition to mop your floors with part vinegar part water mix. We put it into a spray bottle with some water and sprayed it all over our house for 3 days. Smell is totally gone. If your house smells really bad *********burn a pound of bacon in your oven works like a charm!!!!

  30. Ric LaFollette says:

    Thanks so much for your skunk odor cure! Our Labrador got skunked back in the fall & we tried the tomato juice cure with limited success, then tried some commercially available odor remover. That still didn’t totally get rid of the smell. Then last week the stupid dog got it again! Looking on-line for some better cure I ran across your blog, and while skeptical, we tried your recipe. It worked! Completely & totally! In just one treatment! Thanks again, & he’s here ‘helping’ as I type this so he thanks you as well.

  31. Hopefully this works. Apparently, a skunk got stuck in a crawlspace… or something… outside of our house. While it started out as just the strongest skunk smell I’ve witnessed (used to kill skunks trying to burrow under my parents porch so it’s not a new smell) after a few hours my wife woke me up because something was seriously wrong. It was so bad that our eyes were watering. It was definitely skunk… but definitely something else as well. We called the local dispatch to have the fire department to test to see if we had a gas leak.

    Now, it being 4am, I felt pretty bad about waking these guys up and not having a gas leak. A local police officer also ended up investigating the smell. Everyone agreed, there was definitely skunk. But, there was definitely something else as well. Now, after about a week, the other mystery smell is long gone, but the entire house smells like skunk-spray-soup. Really hoping this works, we’ve tried everything else we can think of. Thank you for the tip, irregardless.

  32. Oh my word….so glad I found this post….There’s a dead skunk in my backyard…the smell is horrendous. I live in town and have no dogs! Thank you a million times over! My husband mixed up the “magic potion”, poured it on the carcass til we can remove it. It immediately started to smell less “skunky.” I have vinegar in bowls out in my house also. Fingers crossed!!

  33. Thank you so much for this! My roommates and I recently found out we had a couple of unwelcome roommates living under our house… I think they got in a fight or something because we were sprayed not once, but twice! It smelled so bad we were gagging and had to evacuate. We bought an Ozone air treatment machine, but that only helped make the smell bearable enough to scrub the floors with Pine Sol, light candles, and soak the furniture in febreeze, which really only masks the odor. I have bowls of vinegar in every room and am boiling a pot on the stove now! Fingers crossed!

  34. My 15yr old son caught a cute small skunk. About the size of a 12week old kitten. He put it in his backpack and brought it home. Once in the house he dumped it into his ceder chest. Well needless to say an hour later when I arrived home my house was very stank awful. He took about 20mins to fess up that he had the little thing held captive. Upon that confession I demanded him take the whole ceder chest lid closed with small skunk out to the curb sit the chest on its side n open the lid. Well he did that little thing sprayed it got into the air that blew it into my house. It was all on our skin, my 4cats, my house, my car and all over our culd-a-sac. My 9yr old daughter was biten. She endured her first round of rabies shots. Got home late from the ER passed out and woke up to skunk smell yet again. My son somehow brought his backpack and jacket back in from the garbage. So now after leaving her DR appt I will be using this vinager in small bowls trick. And the mix in a spray bottle on my car and drive way.

    • I am so sorry. I can’t even imagine. I hope it helps with the smell for you. Be careful with the spray mix, it has peroxide in it, so I wouldn’t use it on fabric or cloth inside a car. I just wanted to add that so that you did not ruin anything in the process of getting rid of the smell.

  35. Marlynn Haigh says:

    HI Lynn – well sad to say – this isn’t my dog Ollies first Rodeo with being sprayed by a skunk…the first time I also looked online because he is blonde I knew the Tomato Juice remedy would stain him – so I am well aware of the peroxide, baking soda and I use Dawn Liquid soap – it does work well. WELL this last time he didn’t get sprayed – no oil base anywhere – but i think he got “misted” on just the tip of his nose and well we all know dogs noses stay wet – and I thought I read that you can whip the peroxide and baking soda around their nose and eyes (of course) so I cant’ get rid of the smell – and he keeps rubbing his nose (poor guy) everywhere ….Ughhhh…I will try the vinger to get it out of the house smelll – but do you have any suggestions for getting it out of his nose??LOL….ughhh and I live in the city – so this just isn’t a country issue anymore.. (sadly)…..My dad said he may need to rub his nose in dirt – but it’s muddy right now – not sure that would help? Any help would be greatly appreciated……thanks!!



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