How to Get Skunk Smell Out of a Car

by Ann Johnson
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If you accidentally run over a skunk or Rover decides to make friends with one while standing by your vehicle, you will be trying to figure out how to get skunk smell out of the car. The overpowering odor makes it difficult to get into the vehicle without feeling ill. Driving a car while it reeks of skunk is extremely unpleasant, and for some people, impossible. There are commercial products on the market designed specifically for removing the smell of skunk. Another option is to employ a home remedy to remove the stench.

Step 1

Fill a bucket with hot water.

Step 2

Add one cup of dry mustard to the water and stir to dissolve the mustard.

Step 3

Wash the underbody and wheels of the vehicle using a sponge or rag and dipping liberally into the mustard wash. Rinse.

Step 4

Pour vanilla extract on a rag, until the rag is soaked.

Step 5

Set the soaked rag in a dish or open container and place in the back car seat. Allow it to remain overnight to absorb the odors.

Step 6

Mix together 1 tsp. liquid soap, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (in a bucket) if the odor persists. Use the mixture to wash the upholstery and carpeting of the car. Before using, test a small out-of-the-way area of upholstery to determine if the mixture will damage the fabric.

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