Spring is almost here!! That means that the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees will all be blooming and, in many cases, hunting for a mate!

Those of us who have kids or dogs know that one of the more frustrating things about the early spring in New York State is the seemingly endless amounts of mud that comes in the house everyday. As the days get longer, we can only hope the mud season is not too long!

Yet there is another nuisance that some families have to worry about this time of the year and that is the threat of being sprayed by a skunk! It is skunk mating season across New York State!


The smell of skunk can make you want to gag or vomit. In my opinion, some clothes are not worth saving. However, if you do choose to keep them, at least one website instructs you to do the following:

You can remove skunk smell from most clothing and fabrics by washing them with a regular laundry detergent mixed with 1/2 cup baking soda in hot water.

Most experts also recommend that you don't dry the clothes in a machine. The heat from the drier could essentially cook the foul smell in the fabric of the clothes.


What about the dog that got sprayed? That is an entirely different issue. If your dog gets sprayed by a skunk, the smell seems to be ten times worse! Dogs love to try to roll on things, or in mud, to try to get the smell off.

There are a few things that you can do for your pet if they get dowsed by skunk spray. Keep in mind the health of your pet and don't use anything that will harm them. We just need to get the smell off.

According to the American Kennel Club:

Rule number one. Do not bring the dog in the house if you can avoid it. As long as the skunk oil remains on the dog’s coat, it will remain in the air that you breathe. Getting a proper remedy to remove the oil as soon as possible is the key to fresh air.

There a homemade solution that you can create to bathe your dog in to get the skunk smell out and it can be found HERE!

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