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The Best Skunk Odor Remedy

The best skunk odor remedy is really the one that works. However, from personal experience, I can tell you how to get rid of that skunk smell and other odors as well. Plus, you can do it with common materials and save a lot of money.

Skunks might be cute when they are babies...
All baby animals are cute, even skunks. However, once you or your pet is sprayed by an adult skunk, you won't think it is so cute anymore!

It takes a lot of work, but you can get rid of that skunk odor (and most other odors as well) by using some everyday supplies. There are many folk recipes around, but I know this one works because I used it! In the process, I also ended up with a very clean house.


How To Get Rid Of Skunk Odors

If you have a bucket, water, vinegar, baking soda, a sponge and some rags, you have everything you need, except the elbow grease, of course.

What to do when a skunk sprays in your house
One summer night I had an experience that caused me to search high and low for a skunk odor remedy. Eventually I found one and wish to share this with you. There were quite a few options, but what actually worked is as follows.

It was hot out and my teenage son was sleeping on the sofa. During the night a fat, waddling visitor pushed open the screen slider and began chomping away on the cat food in the bowl near the door.

My son awoke, due to the noise, and hollered at the cat to eat more politely. When the slobbering, chomping feast continued, he got up to see what was going on. To his horror, there was a black and white, low to the ground skunk in our dining room! He instinctively shouted out and the startled skunk did what skunks naturally do: he passed a huge cloud of noxious gas!

The entire house was filled with this awful odor, which was so strong that nobody could stay indoors! Obviously, something had to be done! This was the beginning of my search for a skunk odor remedy.

Vinegar, baking soda and water
I asked my neighbors and colleagues, searched online and visited the local hardware store. Seems everybody had a remedy, so I tried some of them.

 Maybe I was hoping for a skunk odor remedy that would be like a magic wand that required no work. That just did not happen, and, in fact, I had to do a lot of scrubbing.

The thing that worked was a combination of baking soda and vinegar. Once I got over the longing for a solution that required no work, I found that by combining the soda and vinegar and elbow grease, the skunk odor quickly vanished. So did a lot of other stains and fingerprints!

By keeping a bucket of vinegar mixed with warm water and a bowl of straight baking soda I found the most amazing cleaning solution. As an unexpected benefit, the cleanser was also very inexpensive.

I took a sponge, dipped it in the vinegar solution, wrung it out so it was still quite damp, then dipped it in the bowl of baking soda. Next, I scrubbed every square inch of the house. This was an experience that revealed many things, including just how many fingerprints there were on the walls!

In the end, this simple skunk odor remedy solved my problem completely. It also showed me how simple ingredients can do as well as or better than expensive cleaners.

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