To neutralize skunk odor on people or clothing, apply a thick coating of tomato juice or ketchup. An alternative deodorizing treatment for clothing is equal parts of white vinegar and water. Apply, let stand or soak for 15 to 30 minutes, then wash with plenty of soap or detergent.
If a pet is the victim, rub the juice or ketchup into its coat. Wait until the juice or ketchup begins to darken; then wash it off thoroughly. Several treatments may be necessary. A less messy procedure is to bathe the animal with a solution of Massengill douche powder and water mixed according to the instructions on the package. Rinse out thoroughly.
Commercial neutralizers are also available. Keep one on hand if skunks are common in your area. Caution: If skunk spray gets into your eyes or your pet’s eyes, flush repeatedly with clean water and see a doctor or veterinarian at once.