Skunk Odor Removal
The most well known remedy is that you can remove skunk odor by rinsing in tomato juice. The truth is, the only thing you will accomplish in the process, is a large mess. While ineffective, the tomato juice will briefly mask the smell, giving the skunk victim a fleeting feeling of success! Just as with other new smells that at first overwhelm you, your nose can adjust to them. The same thing occurs with skunk musk. Known as "olfactory fatigue," this prevents you from smelling the musk for a short time. During this period, you are still able to smell the tomato juice, leading to the belief that it has removed the dreaded skunk odor. As soon as theÊ nose has a short relief from the skunk musk, you'll find that the odor has returned-- when in fact, it never left.
The best way to actually remove the odor is to mix a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide with a quarter cup of baking soda and a teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap. This will change the molecular structure of the skunk musk, and allow it to be washed away. This remedy was discovered by the chemist, Paul Krebaum, while working in the creation of the Indiglo watch. You can read the full story in Joe Schwarcz's fascinating book Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs: 67 Digestible Commentaries on the Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday Life.
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