Ozone can effectively remove skunk odor.
- Identify the odor
- Remove the odor if possible
To begin, ask yourself:
- Did the skunk spray underneath the porch?
- Did the skunk spray in a window well?
- Did your pet get sprayed somewhere else, but rubbed up against the foundation, siding, porch or door
Follow these steps for outdoor skunk odor:
- Clean the external surface (concrete, vinyl siding, etc) with tomato paste, bleach or a fuel oil deodorizer (oil based) with water.
- Test a small area when using the bleach mixture in an inconspicuous area first.
- Apply tomato paste as a thick layer. There are sights that say that tomato paste does not work, which is true, it is a step in the process.
- Let the tomato paste sit for at least 2 to 4 hours (depending on the severity) keeping it moist so it does not dry out. After the 2 to 4 hours of moist soaking, let it dry thoroughly and scrape off the dry and crusty tomato paste.
- Apply (by spray) a mixture of at least 40% bleach / 60% water or stronger and clean up left over residues and coloring.
- If possible saturate an old rag with a fuel oil deodorizer and apply a thin oily coating on the treated area.
- Lastly, rent or purchase an ozone generator that produces a high output of ozone for the odor that is left in the area.
Follow these steps for indoor skunk odor:
- Dispose any items that have no value or can be easily replaced. A large percentage of individuals end up disposing of items.
- If the item is an heirloom, determine if the piece can be washed with water based liquid detergent or dry clean only.
- If the item must be dry cleaned, put the item in a plastic garbage bag, place the output of an ozone generator into the opening of the bag and close off the rest of the opening by using a rubber band or duct tape. Ozone the item in 10 min intervals, then let it air out for 10 min. Repeat this process for up to 8 times a day. When this process is finished, bring the item to your local dry cleaner for them to clean. Dry cleaning agent is a liquid that is safe for dry clean material. It will not leave water stains like water based detergents will.
- If the item can be cleaned with a water based cleaning agent, clean the item of clothing by hand in a separate container using as much tomato paste as possible as an additive to the cleaning agent. Mix thoroughly before depositing the item to be treated in the liquid mixture. After the item has been cleaned, let the item air dry.
- When the item is dry, put the item in a plastic garbage bag and follow step 3.
- If this process is unsuccessful, saturate a rag with fuel oil deodorizer and wipe it down or spray it with a light coat. Ozone Solutions does not hold liability for the outcome. This process is a last resort and only for the odor not the color or looks of the item.
Follow these steps for direct contact with skunk odor:
*Do not apply these processes to open wounds, eyes, nostrils, inner ear area or any other sensitive open areas of the body.
- If the skunk odor on the pet needs to be taken care of quickly and has a thick covering of hair which makes it hard to apply tomato paste to the actual skin then the hair needs to be all shaved to a point of where the tomato paste is able to totally cover the skin. Otherwise the process of shampooing or allowing the environment to dissipate the skunk odor disappears due to the pets body emitting oils on a consistent basis.
- Apply the tomato paste in a thick layered form over the entire body excluding open and very sensitive parts.
- Agitate the tomato paste into the skin of the entire body, always keeping the tomato paste moist.
- Attempt to keep the pet in a position, that prevents the animal from self-cleaning itself.
- Make sure the paste covering stays moist for up to a couple of hours.
- Give soap or shampoo bath to clean off tomato paste covering.
- Dry off and evaluate the severity of the situation before attempting to repeat the process or before attempting the next process.
- The following is an Alternative Process as a spray:
- 1 tsp liquid soap
- 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 1/4 cup of baking soda
- NOTE: Do not use ozone to deodorize pet or human skin.