Great. A skunk just sprayed through my bedroom window.

Perfect. Just perfect.

Now I can’t sleep and I’ll smell like fucking skunk tomorrow.



We have skunks posting on this message board?! Wow, I have so many questions…

Bring it. I speak for the skunks.


A skunk sprayed through my bedroom window,
protected by a silver spoon…

Instructions for removing skunk smell, should you need to wash anything. I had a dog that required frequent treatment. I can attest this mixture works, not like tomato juice or other things.

In a plastic container, combine 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 to 2 teaspoons of liquid soap. Mix ingredients well. The solution will fizz, as a chemical reaction is occurring. Use immediately - do not store.

Promptly begin cleansing the affected areas thoroughly, massaging the solution deep into “impacted” area. You may wish to use a sponge or washcloth. Avoid getting the solution in the eyes, ears or mouth.

Allow the solution to remain on the treated area at least five minutes (longer if strong odor persists). Be careful, it will cause some color change. My black dog turned into a red-head for awhile. :slight_smile:

Rinse well with lukewarm water. Repeat steps 3-5 as necessary until odor is gone.

Good luck!

You absolutely need to specify the strength of the peroxide solution here.

Our dog tangled with a skunk the other week and we used this mixture. It’s plain old supermarket variety peroxide, which IIRC is about 3%. If you’re the type of person who keeps industrial strength peroxide around, like rocket fuel oxidizer, please don’t pour it on anything including your flesh, your dog, etc. If you think skunk smells bad just imagine burning hair & tissue on top of that.

Anyhow, while that mixture did help with our dog I also shampooed her thoroughly, twice, with lengthy rinsing, before we used that recipe. She still smelled a little skunky for a day or two afterwards.

The house smelled of skunk too - anything she got near in the brief trip to the bathroom to get unceremoniously thrown into the shower needed to be aired out.

To the OP, put on some disposable gloves, gather up all the bedding and other washables that have even a hint of skunk and wash them thoroughly. Dispose of the gloves in your trashcan outside. You may need a couple of cycles. Sniff after washing and before drying, it may be best to hang stuff up to dry in the sunshine as opposed to putting it through the tumble dryer (your dryer and laundry room may smell skunky).

Open all the windows and get a couple of fans running, light some scented candles, etc. You may have to wash the floors (if you have solid wood or similar that’s probably easier to get the smell out of than carpet; depending how bad it is you may find that renting a carpet cleaner like a Rug Doctor is the way to go).

It took us a few days to really get the smell out. We wound up throwing out a few things that the dog had touched like the blanket from her crate, easier to ditch it and spend $10 on a replacement than to try cleaning it. Her crate I had to take outside, spray with cleaner, hose it off and repeat, then let it dry in the sun all day. That’s hard plastic. Skunk stink really clings!

I burning your dog?

I feel your pain. My dog got skunked last week. Anyway, I can attest that the recipe given really does work. I asked almost everyone at work the next day if I smelled of skunk and given their honesty when I come into work on a bad hair day I don’t think there was any residual odour on me.

Also, my friend had a skunk spray hit the concrete foundation of her house. The recipe liberally scrubbed into the concrete finally solved the persistent smell. So you can try that on the outside of the house if the smell lingers.

Good luck!

So, I closed my window at the time (obviously): somehow fell back asleep after choking for a while, and surprisingly everything was normal this morning at 5:30 when I got up. After 4 hours sleep.


Wait, the smell is gone this morning? I’m surprised.

Or is it that you’re numb to the odor now?

How in the hell did that even happen?

No, I’m at work and definitely no scent this morning. I guess I closed the window as soon as it wafted in, and it dissipated overnight.

Anal scent glands, I believe.

Skunk spray is oily as shit and doesn’t simply “go away.” My dog rolled in some spray 2 years ago - I don’t think she was directly sprayed - and I used the solution ddsun describes, at least 8 times over 6 months. She still smelt skunky every time she got wet. The house took forever to air out, too.

I’m guessing you had your window open, a skunk sprayed somewhere in the vicinity, and the smell permeated your bedroom. That does smell awful and indeed potent.

But if “a skunk just sprayed through my bedroom window” you would be feeling it for weeks or months.

LOL i know this much but like, did a skunk just walk up to your window and blast you and leave or what?

Do you have animals or pets inside the house that provoked it to spray?

Seems so random.

Potent indeed. It was chokingly bad, but obviously not a direct hit.

I have a dog, but only on the weekends, so she wasn’t around last night. I’m out in the country. The skunk could have been startled by anything from a raccoon to a porcupine I suppose.

The dog did get sprayed about 4 or 5 years ago. No one slept that night.

ETA: The bottom of my bedroom window is only about 5 or 6 feet off the ground.

Technically speaking “oxidizing”, not “burning”…

What does skunk smell like?

After a few hours, you won’t notice the smell anymore. I’m not sure about the people who associate with you, that’s their problem.