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One of the first times that people will actually come into contact with a skunk is when they have to deal with an area that has actually been sprayed by the animal, and while they may not see the animal, the smell will certainly be very distinctive. The process of cleaning and removing the scent is a difficult, and will vary depending on what has been sprayed by the animal. Dealing with pets and people that have been sprayed will require a certain type of detergent, while cars and areas of properties can be cleaned with stronger chemicals.
Cleaning Your Dog
The sooner that you can start to clean the dog, the easier it will be to remove the smell, but the first thing to do if you can is to ensure that the dog doesn't get into your home, otherwise you'll have to clean there as well. There are specialist shampoos to remove skunk spray, but if you don't already have these in your home, then combine hydrogen peroxide with dish washing fluid and baking soda, and use this to shampoo the dog. If you can do this before the skunk's spray has dried, then it will be easier to wash, but if left untended, the smell can last for weeks.
Removing Skunk Odor From Your Car
Skunk odor can usually be removed by using normal car cleaning products, and in most cases the scent on the exterior will be worst, and this can be removed by washing the car with a good shampoo, and using a tire cleaner on the rubber. In the interior, wash all of the surfaces with the appropriate cleaner, and hang a good deodorizer from the mirror.
Deodorizing A Person Sprayed By A Skunk
The mixture used to clean a person who has been sprayed is the same as that used to clean a dog, and this mixture will often deal with the smell that has found its way on to the skin. You will also need to deal with the clothing, and it is best to wash those with that same hydrogen peroxide mixture before washing in the usual way.
Removing Skunk Odor From A Domestic Property
Although it may not be pleasant, if you are sprayed by the skunk, try not to go into the domestic property before removing your clothes, otherwise the scent will spread throughout your home. All solid surfaces that are durable should be cleaned with bleach, while the hydrogen peroxide mix can be used on cloth and other sensitive surfaces.
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