The Q&A Archives: Dead Skunk Odor

Question: Two weeks ago, I found a dead skunk under my porch. When I removed it, I had to scrape the ground because it was rotten and falling apart. The problem that I now have is the awful smell, that I can't get rid of. I tried spraying tomato juice and also a full can of bathroom deodorant spray,but the smell is still present. HELP!

Answer: I really like it when we get an interesting question. I didn't know the answer, so I put on my research hat and picked up the telephone. I live in the country with a vast network of fellow gardeners and I came up with a few suggestions. The following things were apparently successful in removing the smell of assorted dead varmints: skunks, possums, and even a raccoon.

Lime - a successful odor remover stated that dumping a whole bag of lime on the spot will get rid of the smell.

Baking Soda - another friend told me they dumped several boxes of baking soda on the spot, left it there for a few days, scooped it all out, then repeated this process 5-7 times. Time consuming, but they said it worked.

Febreze - Have you seen the new odor removing spray on the market called "Febreze"? Well, I'm told if you dump the entire bottle on the spot, it works like a charm. Check the local grocery store in the laundry detergent aisle.

Hopefully, one of these works for you. Let us know how it turns out so we can use your unfortunate incident to perhaps help other gardeners who may encounter the same problem.

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