Deodorizing Skunk Spray
There are many different recipes for the removal of skunk spray from pets and other sprayed objects. The most common is the use of tomato juice. Bathing an animal in tomato juice seems to work because at high doses of skunk spray the human nose quits smelling the odor (olfactory fatigue). When this happens, the odor of tomato juice can easily be detected. A person suffering olfactory fatigue to skunk spray will swear that the skunk odor is gone, apparently neutralized by the tomato juice. Another person coming on the scene at this point will readily confirm that the skunk spray has not been neutralized by the tomat juice (personal observation by WFW). To get rid of the odor of skunk spray, it is necessary to change the thiols into compounds that have little or no odor. Oxidizing the thiols to sulfonic acids can easily do this.
Many oxidizing agents can effect this change. For pets, Paul Krebaum of Lisle, Illinois developed one of the best home remedies, an adaptation of a laboratory method he used to destroy hydrogen sulfide and thiols .
· Bathe the animal in a mixture of 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide (from drug store), 1/4 cup of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), and a teaspoon of liquid detergent.
· After 5 minutes rinse the animal with water.
· Repeat if necessary.
· The mixture must be used after mixing and will not work if it is stored for any length of time. Since it releases oxygen, it cannot be stored in a closed container. For inanimate objects one cup of sodium hypochlorite solutions (liquid laundry bleach) in a gallon of water is cheap and effective.
Animals who get nailed in nature probably don't smell forever and nobody used hydrogen peroxide on the Tower of Liberty. So, as opposed to cleaning them immediately as I have usually done, I let them sit overnight, to "oxidize".
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