How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell

How to Get Skunk Smell Out of House

Skunks are adorable in appearance, but they produce one heck of a smell. A single skunk spray can be smelled from nearly 6km away. If it’s in your house, it can be quite nauseating. Thankfully, the smell will go away with just a little elbow grease. The key is to ventilate the home thoroughly and clean everything you can. For skunk removal and wildlife-proofing, call Wildlife Removal Peterborough.


The quickest and most straightforward solution to a smelly home is to air it out. Open all the windows and use fans to blow the air around. Use the fan in your bathrooms and your HVAC system to circulate the air.

Let the sun in

UV rays help disinfect and neutralize the smell of skunk spray. If you can, open up your blinds and let the sunshine in. Air circulation and sunlight together will help get rid of the smell.

Use white vinegar

Boil a pot of white vinegar for an hour. Replenish the vinegar as it evaporates to help alleviate the smell of skunk and replace it with vinegar. When you are done, fill some bowls with vinegar and place them around the home to absorb the smell of skunk. Leave them for 2 to 3 days.

Wash everything on hot

Wash all your smelly clothing, bedding, and fabrics at the hottest allowable temperature. Add half a cup of baking soda to your regular detergent to help get rid of the smell even more. Then, if you can, dry your laundry out in the sun. The sun will help neutralize any lingering odours. Repeat the process if you continue to smell skunks in your fabrics.

Steam clean

If you can smell a skunk in your furniture or your carpets, rent a steam cleaner or hire a professional for help. The steam will reach deep into the fabric and eliminate the smell of skunk.

Mop and disinfect

The last thing you can do to get rid of the smell of skunk is to clean the house from top to bottom. Vacuum, mop, then disinfect hard surfaces with bleach. For a homemade bleach solution, mix one-part bleach with 10 parts water. Bleach and water will remove the odour.

Call a Wildlife Removal Company

If your home has been skunked, there is a good chance that a skunk is living somewhere in your yard. Call a wildlife removal company and ask them for an inspection. A professional can locate the animal and remove it humanely. Professionals use safe and effective methods of removal, so no one gets hurt or sprayed. Once out, the technician can skunk-proof your property for you and the animal will find another place to live. Call us for guaranteed skunk removal in Peterborough and beyond.