How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell in Car

December 16, 2023

Skunks may look cute and fuzzy, but they can be very stinky creatures. They can eject an oily liquid from their anal scent glands that can leave your car with a pungent smell. You can get rid of this odor by using household products you already have on hand and following a few steps.

The first thing you need to do is remove anything from the car that could possibly come in contact with the skunk spray, such as the front and rear bumpers. Next, wash your vehicle with a mixture of distilled vinegar and liquid dish detergent. Apply the solution to any areas that came in contact with skunk gunk and rinse it off with water from your hose. If your car has cloth upholstery, you can also use a mixture of vinegar and water or vinegar mixed with linseed oil for leather seats.

When you're done washing your car, if the skunk smell persists, you can try laying some activated charcoal beneath your car or near your tires to absorb odor. If you can't find any charcoal, you can use paper or cardboard instead.

Commercially prepared cleaning sprays or solutions can be used to remove skunk smell from flooring, carpeting, and upholstery. Just be sure to patch test the solution on a hidden area of your carpet or fabric to make sure it won't lighten the material. You can also open the windows in your car and let it stand for a few hours to air out any lingering smells.

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