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Question: How do I remove skunk odor from clothes?

Here's how to remove skunk odor from clothes: Skunk is one odor that once you've smelled it, you never forget it! You'll have no doubt when your loved one comes home with this problem.

Answer:

In time, skunk odor will dissipate with outdoor airing. But you can speed the process by soaking washable clothing and camping equipment in a solution of ammonia and warm water for at least 30 minutes. Then, wash as usual using a heavy-duty detergent. DO NOT USE BLEACH. Ammonia and bleach combined produce toxic fumes. If odor remains, repeat the process.

Line-dry the garments - using the high heat of the dryer seems to infuse the odor into the fibers.

For non-washable clothing, air thoroughly out of direct sunlight then take it to the dry-cleaner. Share your problem and a good professional should be able to help you.

 

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