1. Allow Air To CirculateSkunks are generally less active in the winter than during the summer. This is good news because it means that an encounter with a skunk is most likely to happen when the weather outside is warm, making it more comfortable to keep your windows open as much as possible. This allows air to circulate, which helps to carry the bad smells away. Turning on your ceiling fan also helps to circulate the air and disperse the odour. If the skunk spray happens during the wintertime, which can happen, you probably won't be able to keep your windows open all the time. However, you can open them for short periods strategically throughout the day. Combined with other deodorization methods, this should eventually succeed in removing the smell from your home.
2. Keep Sprayed Pets OutsideIf a dog or cat gets sprayed by a skunk, its first instinct is going to be to run back inside for shelter and protection. However, if you let your pet in after it has been sprayed, it will spread the smell all over your house. Therefore, you should keep the pet outside and wash it immediately. Only after the smell is completely gone from your dog's or cat's fur should you let it back inside. There are several solutions that you can make from common household items that are effective at removing the skunk smell from your pet's fur, but they take time to work. Be patient, because the process can take several hours.
3. Pre-Soak and Launder Any Clothes That Have Been SprayedIf you get sprayed by a skunk, you should take off the clothes you were wearing at the time as soon as possible. Do not throw them in the laundry hamper or on the floor to wait for laundry day. You should wash them as soon as possible using a heavy-duty detergent. For better results, you can also soak the clothes beforehand in one of the following odour-neutralizing solutions:
- One part distilled white vinegar to four parts water
- One part baking soda and one part hydrogen peroxide to six parts water
- One part ammonia to six parts water