I hate skunks…

So I had an adventure this evening.

There was an awful racket outside. The cat was running around like crazy. So, I opened the door (the porch is screened in) and *BAM!* skunk. I don’t know if my opening the door frightened it or if it was already pointing its bum at the cat, but I know now that having freshly skunked air in your face is incredibly unpleasant. So now, the house smells awful.

Tomorrow’s project appears to be airing the place out like crazy (it’s too cold right now, and I dread doing it with my allergies as they are). But… it has to be done. I suspect I’ll be using a LOT of vinegar, because the inside of the house stinks bad. I’m not sure how much of it got into everything, but I hope none of my books are ruined. Ugh.

For the record… I hate skunks.

Update: October 23

Turns out the cat doesn’t smell quite as bad as I was expecting. This mixture seems to be the only thing that works effectively at removing skunk odors from hair.

Also, I spent about an hour and a half cleaning down the porch this morning using a ripe mixture of vinegar, liquid dish soap, and floor cleaner (Fabuloso–the purple stuff). It worked great! Now the outside of the house smells better than the inside! Although, scented candles are helping with that–as did airing it out this morning. I don’t think as much of the aerosol got into the house as I estimated last night. It seems it was just the smell that leaked in from outside!

Update: Evening of October 23–it’s almost midnight!

You’d never know a skunk let off at point-blank range. Apparently the concoction I used on the outside of the house worked well enough to eliminate the skunk smell. There’s a slight odor inside, but it’s incredibly difficult to detect. I also cooked up a massive batch of twice-cooked French fries (the correct way of cooking them), so the only thing I can smell right now is the wonderfully delicious odor of cooked potatoes. It’s a delightfully pleasant smell. I’m going to be hungry in the morning.

The cat, however, didn’t fair quite so well–well, not completely. We had managed to wipe down one side of him, and I wasn’t keen on putting him through much more trauma than the skunking incident and two vinegar washes. Thus, while he was relaxing on the chair, we managed to wipe down his head, ruff, and one side of his body with the peroxide mixture. It worked so well, you’d never know he was zapped by a polecat. His right side and most of his back on the other hand are two entirely different stories. He’s still pretty ripe himself.


5 Responses to “I hate skunks…”

  • Will Herren(Pedmont) writes:

    Man that sucks! I heard vodka works pretty well to remove the odor, too. I’ve never seen a skunk in Georgia, but I’d imagine that smell is as bad as everyone makes it out to be!

  • Benjamin writes:

    The smell is worse than bad. In fact, it’s so awful that the human nose can supposedly detect it at concentrations of about 2 parts per million and up to 5 miles downwind.

    I’m not sure how well vodka would work being as the odor skunks produce is oily. Vinegar works because the acid breaks it down–same for the peroxide/baking soda/dish soap concoction. Though, I do find it humorous that the one thing everyone swears by (tomato juice) doesn’t work. At all. Incidentally, shampoo works too if you get it in your clothes after handling a skunked animal. Mind you, shampoo will get nearly ANYTHING out.

  • Will Herren(Pedmont) writes:

    Dang son. That’s HxC.

    I think I saw it on Mythbusters once and from what I recall, it worked. Don’t hold me to that, though. =) I’ve never heard of the tomato juice trick before, but that’s some good information to hold onto in case we do actually get one down here one day!

  • Benjamin writes:

    I’d be really surprised if the tomato juice trick worked. Maybe the citric acid does, but my parents owned dogs once. They’d get skunked pretty frequently, and the few times we tried tomato juice to clean ’em off, we just wound up with the smell combination: wet dog + tomato juice + skunk.

    I think the skunk smell alone was an improvement. =/

    Regardless, the peroxide mixture was something the vet clued me in on. It really works.

  • Donnie writes:

    I would consider checking this out, it will definitely work better than anything else:

    Get rid of skunk smell fast

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