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How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell on Humans

author image Shannon Cotton
Shannon Cotton is a freelance writer covering a variety of topics, including parenting, health and lifestyle. After nine years of writing for a weekly newspaper, she took her love of writing to the Web. Cotton attended Tarleton State University and received her bachelor’s degree in 2003.
How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell on Humans
A skunk is spraying. Photo Credit: Tom Brakefield/Stockbyte/Getty Images

When skunks are trapped or frightened, they emit a powerful spray from the anal glands that can hit a target more than 15 feet away. A skunk's spray features a distinct and pungent odor that is difficult to remove from humans and animals. Traditional treatments, such as tomato juice baths, usually only mask the smell. But products that you may already have in your home can effectively neutralize the odor.

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Step 1

Stay outdoors and get help from someone else, if possible. The smell may linger in your home if you bring it indoors with you.

Step 2

Put on rubber gloves. Pour 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid or laundry soap into a large container, then mix with a spoon. Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda convert the skunk musk into an odorless chemical, and the soap in the mixture breaks down the oily residue so the other chemicals can work.

Step 3

Remove any jewelry, then use a sponge or washcloth to apply the mixture to your skin. Work the liquid into a lather. If you are cleaning your skin indoors, stand in the shower to minimize the mess.

Step 4

Leave the mixture on your skin for at least five minutes, until it stops bubbling.

Step 5

Shower or wash your skin with water after five minutes, and repeat the process if necessary.

Step 6

Dilute any leftover mixture with water and pour it down the drain. The mixture cannot be covered or stored because it can explode.

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