HELP - I smell really bad.

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    Oct 08, 2010 2:54 AM GMT

    I'm looking for advice on how to get rid of the smell of skunk from my skin.

    One of my dogs and I were playing ball late last night. Walking back to the house in the dark we inadvertently corned a skunk - with the predictable result: we got blasted with skunk spray a very close range.

    As soon as we got home I washed the dog and myself with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and dish washing soap, which is, as far as I know, the gold standard for this problem. It did a great job on the dog, but not so much on me, even after I repeated it.

    To make things more interesting, this afternoon I flew out to Chicago to spend a few days with my bf. He's being a very good sport, but I can't blame him for finding it hard to stay close to me for any length of time. I just tried a third round of the peroxide/baking soda/soap solution but without a lot of effect.

    Any other tested remedies?
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    Oct 08, 2010 4:00 AM GMT
    I'm pretty sure they make special soaps/cleaners for skunk spray. Have you checked your local pet store? I'm pretty sure it's safe for humans as well as dogs.
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    Oct 08, 2010 4:07 AM GMT
    Wash in Febreze.

    J/K ... I have no idea. I just made that up. If you die, don't call me!
  • xysx

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    Oct 08, 2010 7:19 AM GMT
    The old standard I know from the midwest is bath in tomato juice.
  • Westlife1

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    Oct 08, 2010 11:57 AM GMT
    Two votes for Tomato soup! We did that in Upstate NY growing up as well.
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    Oct 08, 2010 12:29 PM GMT
    I read tomato soup doesn't do a damn thing. Your original formula is supposed to take care of it.

    I tell ya, bathe in febreze. It may kill you, but your corpse will smell good at the funeral.
  • MrPapo317

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    Oct 08, 2010 12:33 PM GMT
    Id give your doctor a call. He might have some special soap he could give you.
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    Oct 08, 2010 12:33 PM GMT
    All my mates swear by tomato juice... and tons of it!!!
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    Oct 08, 2010 12:51 PM GMT
    The Skunk Remedy Recipe - for pets but works for humans, too. DO NOT put in your hair 'cause you might end up bleaching it.

    In a plastic bucket, mix well the following ingredients:

    1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

    1/4 cup of baking soda

    1 to 2 teaspoons liquid soap



    for very large pets one quart of tepid tap water may be added to enable complete coverage.

    Wash pet promptly and thoroughly, work the solution deep into the fur. Let your nose guide you, leave the solution on about 5 minutes or until the odor is gone. Some heavily oiled areas may require a "rinse and repeat" washing.

    Skunks usually aim for the face, but try to keep the solution out of the eyes - it stings. If you have any cuts on your hands you might want to wear latex gloves for the same reason.

    After treatment, thoroughly rinse your pet with tepid tap water.

    Pour the spent solution down the drain with running water.

    NEVER, ever, store mixed solution in a closed bottle, sprayer,etc. Pressure will build up until the container bursts. This can cause severe injury.

    **********Notes**************

    1) Clean plastic mixing containers and utensils are preferred. Metals encourage auto-decomposition of the peroxide.

    2) Hydrogen Peroxide 3% solution is usually sold in pint (500ml) bottles, so you'll need two. The 3% grade is often marked "U.S.P.", meaning that it meets the standards for medical use and purity as set forth in the United States Pharmacopoeia.

    The use of other strengths/grades is not recommended unless you're a chemist, and even then a trip to the 24-hour drugstore is much better than a trip to the emergency room.

    3) Use baking soda, not baking powder. "Arm and Hammer" is one popular brand. Baking soda is also called: Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, U.S.P., Bicarbonate of Soda, and Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate. Do not confuse any of the above with Washing Soda, which is Sodium Carbonate. Washing Soda is about 100 times more alkaline than Baking Soda and can cause skin burns to both you and your pet.

    4) Two preferred brands are "Softsoap" and "Ivory Liquid". As far as auto-decomposition of the peroxide is concerned, the surfactant package in these two is fairly inert. Heavy-duty grease-cutting brands such as "Dawn" are less inert, and hair shampoo is probably the worst.

    5) Once mixed, the peroxide slowly breaks down into water and oxygen gas. Thus it gets weaker with time and so it should be used promptly. The exact rate depends on temperature, pH, and catalysts such as trace amounts of metals (iron,etc.) in the soap and/or tap water.

    How much pressure will the complete decomposition of 3% hydrogen peroxide produce in a closed container ??? It depends on how full the container is. Assuming negligible solubility of Oxygen in water, a bottle half-full of peroxide will develop about 140 psi. A bottle 3/4 full would develop 420 psi. This can do a lot of damage.

    Highly pure hydrogen peroxide decomposes very slowly if kept cool and in a dark place, a few percent a year. The more dilute solutions usually decompose faster (due to impurities in the dilution water) and have a trace of stabilizer added. So why aren't the bottles in the store bloated or bursting ? Look carefully inside the cap... you'll see some very tiny holes in the cap liner to let the oxygen gas escape. A good reason to always store bottles upright.

    Look for an expiration date on your peroxide. If you're using stuff which has been sitting around in your medicine cabinet for years, buy fresh peroxide.

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    Oct 08, 2010 1:37 PM GMT
    Many thanks, guys. I re-did the peroxide /baking soda/soap scrub again and the smell is now pretty much un-noticeable.

    I don't know if Puppy80 is just being a good sport or if he has a weak sense of smell, but he's been great for not making me sleep on the floor.
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    Oct 08, 2010 1:47 PM GMT
    I actually like the smell of skunks its an interesting smell. i wouldnt worry about it.
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    Oct 08, 2010 1:54 PM GMT
    flieslikeabeagle saidTo make things more interesting, this afternoon I flew out to Chicago to spend a few days with my bf. He's being a very good sport, but I can't blame him for finding it hard to stay close to me for any length of time. I just tried a third round of the peroxide/baking soda/soap solution but without a lot of effect.

    Any other tested remedies?

    I have sympathy for you and your BF, but what about those poor people on the airplane with you? I've had to sit next to some real prizes in my day, but skunk smell has gotta have them all beat! icon_razz.gif

    I don't know of anything better to suggest than what's been mentioned, and anyway you say the smell's almost gone now. Reminded me of a story my father told me, when he was a small boy on his parents' farm.

    He got sprayed by a skunk, and there was no folk remedy available over 90 years ago, either. His mother made him strip completely naked out in a field and bury every stitch of his clothes in the ground there, no hope of ever getting them odor-free. Then she scrubbed him with strong lye soap, but it still didn't remove all of the smell, and like you, he simply had to wait several days for it to fade.

    In the meantime he had to sleep out in the barn with the farm animals. That barn was still standing when I'd stay at the farm many years later, all derelict by then with just a few stray chickens running around, and I would peek in there, imagining my poor Father confined to it for several days at just 7 or 8 years old. Nature evolved the skunk over millions of years to have one pernicious smell, and we haven't found an easy answer to it yet.
  • alphatop

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    Oct 08, 2010 2:06 PM GMT
    Take a shower every now and than, and if u can, buy Chinese copy of ARGMANY EAU DE TROITELLETEicon_smile.gif
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    Oct 08, 2010 2:06 PM GMT
    flieslikeabeagle saidMany thanks, guys. I re-did the peroxide /baking soda/soap scrub again and the smell is now pretty much un-noticeable.

    I don't know if Puppy80 is just being a good sport or if he has a weak sense of smell, but he's been great for not making me sleep on the floor.



    Ask a friend or neighbor to give you a sniff, just to make sure you haven't become acclimated to the odor.
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    Oct 19, 2010 4:49 PM GMT
    yeah im sure tomato juice is supposed to work, if not i'd go see a doctor for the best result.
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    Oct 19, 2010 5:00 PM GMT
    reppaT saidThe Skunk Remedy Recipe - for pets but works for humans, too. DO NOT put in your hair 'cause you might end up bleaching it.

    In a plastic bucket, mix well the following ingredients:

    1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

    1/4 cup of baking soda

    1 to 2 teaspoons liquid soap



    1 liter (or quart) white vinegar in lieu of the peroxide has similar efficacy. Can be used on pets and humans with out the bleaching or toxicity.
  • 8Always_Hard8

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    Oct 19, 2010 5:01 PM GMT
    Tomato Juice does work (ugh I had to once and it was horrible)

    But you have to use a lot of cans, but it does work! I believe I used 3 big jars of tomato juice, but in the end it did work icon_smile.gif I did smell like tomatoes for a day or 2, but I would rather have that than a skunk icon_sad.gif
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    Oct 19, 2010 5:21 PM GMT
    If I had to sit next to you on the plane I would have opened the emergency door and kicked your smelly ass off the plane mid-flight.

    Any tomato product will work in a pinch, tomato juice, tomato sauce, even ketchup.
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    Oct 19, 2010 5:58 PM GMT
    TheProduct saidIf I had to sit next to you on the plane I would have opened the emergency door and kicked your smelly ass off the plane mid-flight.

    Any tomato product will work in a pinch, tomato juice, tomato sauce, even ketchup.


    yeah what he said. tomato anything
  • coolarmydude

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    Oct 19, 2010 6:03 PM GMT
    Caslon16000 saidI read tomato soup doesn't do a damn thing.



    It worked for my grandfather.
  • chaotic1

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    Oct 20, 2010 1:57 AM GMT
    Tomato juice works. Sadly you really have to soak in it for awhile though :-

    Prepare to shell out a small fortune getting enough to fill a tub :-(
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    Oct 20, 2010 1:59 AM GMT
    see a doctor?
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    Oct 20, 2010 2:03 AM GMT
    I hope the OP is not still stinking after 12 days.
  • Puppy80

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    Oct 20, 2010 2:21 AM GMT
    I am happy to report, that he only smelled for about a day and half. Didnt even notice it when we got all hot and sweaty icon_twisted.gif
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    Oct 22, 2010 7:49 PM GMT
    Vinegar.