* Immediately put white vinegar into a spray bottle (I used it straight) and walk and pump and retch all through the house with it. * Also spray with Febreez. I also used Glade home/fabric spray (their version of Febreez, not like the bathroom spray) * HATED Renuzit air freshner — the gel pop up things. Made the house smell like a funeral home. * I also used cloves and cinnamon simmered in a pot on the stove * I also bought potpourri pots (the plug in kind) from WalMart to do the clove/cinnamon dealie but didn’t feel the need to use them after the ozone machine did its job * Most definitely cough up the $500 (your insurance will likely cover it) for the ozone machine. I can’t stress enough what a good job this did. Almost completely eliminated the smell. * Throw out all porous foods or containers from your fridge. Including ice from your freezer. Basically, if it isn’t canned or in a jar with a tight lid on it, get rid of it. * Throw out all porous foods in your cupboards. Yes, they, including the cardboard boxes they are packaged in, absorb the smell and will keep it. * I put plates of coal in the fridge and the freezer, along with plates of baking soda and boxes of baking soda in both and it STILL smells like skunk. Today, I’m taking everything left in there and wiping them and the interior of the thing down with a bleach/water solution then leaving white vinegar in bowls in there. * I also put plates and bowls of ground coffee all over the house and in my closet. I was able to remove all of this stuff after the ozone machine came through.
You will probably need something stronger than soapy water to get rid of skunk oils -- a solution of vinegar or peroxide will dissolve and remove the odor-causing oils instead of just spreading them around. Try this mixture:
1 liter (or quart) white vinegar OR 3% hydrogen peroxide (peroxide may cause bleaching)
1/4 c. Baking soda.
1 tsp. dish detergent
Use bleach to clean skunk spray and odor from outdoor structures. Use a mixture of 10% bleach and 90% water (or detergent and water) to clean sprayed areas (such as a porch) that aren't in danger in staining from the bleach. Because chlorine bleach is highly toxic, don't use it to clean people, animals, furniture, or colored clothing.
Well guys the house isn't effected at all the barn is to far away. So I don't have to be concerned with food or anything like that. Just the barn smellin like a pole-cat. That second post should work Rita,and thanks.
Spuds I don't know if I share your enthusiasm on havin skunks as residents in my barn, even though Ruth had a few as pets some years ago...that's before we met. She said she had them de-scented when she had found them but they still had some smell. We have some good barn cats that keep the mice away, and Ive never seen a Rat around just possum and Raccoons.
I guess it also depends on the animal,we have a very low key skunk family.
Now raccoons,ours are just destructive bandits,where Bud lives the raccoons can kill dogs,whole different critter.
Couple years ago Mrs saw a rat that freaked her out it was so big,and the barn had mouse droppings everywhere.Then we read that skunk article at Bittersweet and suddenly it dawned on us,no signs of mice period. So for us,we are jazzed having the buggers around,they keep our stored food pantry safe and clean by eliminating them in total before they can even get in.I LIKE that fer sure!
spuds the way I control Raccoons is with my gun and the same goes fer possum. The both are nocturnal and my dog has treed a few in the past but I really don't have a problem with them here. I live close to a river and wet lands, and that seams to hold a lot of skunk around here. Again they also are nocturnal so the only time I know there around is when I can smell them. The dog steers clear of them. I guess the cats think they are one of them