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I’ve been skunked many times in my life. As a non athlete, I rarely win anything. But a few weeks ago I was truly skunked when I ran over a critter coming back from my cottage amid fog and rain.

The 2014 Farmers’ Almanac deals with your dog being skunked. In fact, here’s what you need to do:

1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
1-2 teaspoons of liquid soap

Mix all of the ingredients in a large bucket and thoroughly work the mixture into the pet’s fur. Let sit on the pet’s fur for five minutes or so. Keep away from the pet’s eyes and don’t let the dog or cat lick itself while the solution is on. Use a washcloth dipped into this mixture near the face. Rinse the animal thoroughly to remove all of the solution. You may have to repeat this until the smell disappears totally. Note: Don’t store this solution in a container with a top as it will explode.

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In this case, I nailed the critter, and paid the price. But, what do you do when you have a car that smells inside and out? I don’t think there’s any easy solution to anything being skunked. So, what I did that night was take my car through six car washes – the automatic kind with an undercarriage feature. Then, I ran to a store and got two major deodorizers and put them in my car. Finally, I left the vehicle outside for four days. Still, with a small stench remaining, I bought some tomato juice, a spray bottle, and sprayed the tires and undercoating as much of a juicing as I could. Finally, I could park in the garage without having to leave my windows open. But, hitting a skunk with a car leaves a lasting impression. If you have ever dealt with this situation, I would love to hear how you handled it.

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1 Mike Taylor { 10.12.13 at 4:26 pm }

Can go you all one better and so much easier/ AWESOME available at Dollar Tree Stores/ Use on everything but glass [they do make a glass cleaner also] This is chemical free/PET safe/ Have used for years/ 4 yrs ago had been trapping skunks and possum/ Gave to local AC officer to clean traps/ 2 wks later as he made a ‘U call, I’ll haul’ stop asked him how he liked it? Haven’t tried it yet BUT look at the wheels on my truck. Year later knowing I would cover cage, called skunk in for hauling so made it a later stop in the afternoon/ By then it had died and was rotting/ Never mind what the neighbors thought as I sprayed his pants down out in the street/ IT works works instant wonders/ and can save U up to $600.00 a yr in household cleaning products/ Gentle to the skin/hands/ New AC Officer well stocked now also/

2 Debra Hilburn { 10.12.13 at 3:47 pm }

The recipe with the peroxide works ! As a licensed wildlife rehabber 22 years raising lots of the darling little stinkers I can honestly say this works, their containers smell fresh after a spray down then rinse out.. Used on a dark colored dog remember you are using peroxide and might change the shade a bit of their fur . For the odor inside your car or home bring white vinegar to a boil and then put on a hot pad in your car and let the heater or air con run a few minutes. Vinegar smells better than skunk to most.

3 Andrew Puntney { 10.12.13 at 3:07 pm }

I hit (ran over) a skunk one evening coming home from work – couldn’t avoid it without causing an accident. My F-150 (which I always keep clean and shiny) smelled horrible, actually nauseating from the cab. Luckily I wasn’t far from home, but when I parked it in the drive, the whole neighborhood “noticed” it. I searched in desperation on the net for remedies. Some offered the recommendations you mentioned. Some stated there was “no hope” since I hit the poor animal with my front tire – involving the undercarriage and engine compartment. I was embarrassed to drive it to work. Ultimately, here’s what worked – running it through a car wash as you mentioned, then taking the vehicle out for a road trip – I did a couple hundred miles. There is hope, your automobile won’t always carry the odor, but it does take a bit of time. Good Luck!

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