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How to Remove Skunk Smell From the Interior of Your Car

by Nicki Callahan

Hitting an animal while driving your vehicle can be traumatic. Hitting a skunk while driving can be both traumatic and smelly. The smell makes its way into the interior of your car and might linger for weeks. Skunk odor can usually be removed if treated within a few hours of the spraying.

Mix 1 qt. hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 tsp. of dish liquid in a bowl. Dip a clean cloth in the neutralizing solution. Gently scrub the interior surfaces of your car. Do not saturate the carpets or upholstery.

Rinse the carpet and upholstery with water. Press a clean cloth into the carpet and upholstery to dry it. A carpet cleaning machine might be used to extract the water.

Spray tires and other exterior areas of your car with a water hose. Water rinses away the neutralizing solution.

Cut a few small holes in the lid of a plastic container. Place five pieces of charcoal in the container, and leave it in the back of your car for a few weeks. The charcoal will absorb lingering odors.

Warning

  • Hydrogen peroxide might remove or fade color from your carpet and upholstery. Test a small, hidden area with the neutralizer before applying to the entire area.

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About the Author

Nicki Callahan began her literary career in 1989. Her work has appeared in "The Charlotte Observer," "The Patriot Ledger," "The Wasatch County Courier," "Utah Homes & Garden Magazine" and "The Retired Officer Magazine." Callahan studied English literature and creative writing at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Utah.

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