Does Lemon Remove Skunk Smell?


If you’ve ever smelled skunk, you know how awful it can be. It’s savory and earthy, and there’s no way to eliminate the smell once it has infiltrated your senses. Many claims that lemon juice can work as an amazing deodorizer if you apply it directly to your skin after being sprayed by a skunk. But does lemon juice remove the skunk smell? Let’s find out!

Can lemon juice get rid of the skunk smell?

Lemon juice can be applied directly to the affected area or mixed with water to create a spray. Remember that a person’s sense of smell is far more sensitive than their sense of taste, so you may want to find another way to enjoy your favorite food!

Breathing in stunk can make you sick, and if not washed off properly, the stench can stay on your clothes for days. If you do not have any lemon available, tomato juice has been said to work as well as any other citrus fruit; however, this is not always effective. 

Stunk can last for days if left untreated, but with a little effort, you’ll be smelling fresh in no time. 

To de-skunk, your house,  leave it with a clean, refreshing scent. For clothing, the most important thing is to get them wet immediately (showering will suffice) and then add soap. Be sure to use liquid detergent rather than bar soap, and scrub them together vigorously before rinsing thoroughly in warm water.

What neutralizes the stunk smell?

Vinegar and baking soda will also do the trick, but lemon is the best choice for removing the skunk smell. The powerful scent of lemon can easily neutralize any odor from this type of animal. It’s an inexpensive household item with multiple uses, so it’s always a good idea to keep some around!

Stunk can last in your car for weeks and on clothes and hair. However, it’s easy to remove with a few simple steps. First, pour equal parts white vinegar and water into a large bucket or bowl to hold the affected area (car seat, clothes). For example, pour 1 cup of each liquid into a bucket or fill a bowl halfway with water and add 1/2 cup of white vinegar.

Does lemon juice get rid of the skunk smell on the dog?

To Destunk your dog’s face, use a wet washcloth or sponge to rub the lemon juice over the area where the skunk is sprayed but do not rub or scrub. Allow this to sit for 10 minutes before washing off with warm water and soap. You can also spray lemon juice on your pet’s fur and skin, then brush it in thoroughly.

Home Remedy

Home remedies for dogs are always tricky because dogs lick themselves when they’re dirty. But you could try using the following:

  • Dawn

Dawn can remove stunk from dogs’ faces, and one way is to soak up as much of the liquid as possible with paper towels or clothes that don’t matter too much if they get ruined in the process. You can also spray lemon juice on your pet’s fur and skin, then brush it in thoroughly. 

  • Baking soda 

Baking soda is just as effective at removing the skunk smell on pets without damaging their coats as many other cleaners, such as vinegar and bleach. Add 1/2 cup baking soda to a sink full of lukewarm water, and put your pet into the bath. Allow them to sit there for about 5-10 minutes before rinsing them off with cool, clean water.

  • Ammonia 

Ammonia works best for removing the odor from the fabric, but vinegar and lemon are also good choices. The most important thing to remember is to not scrub your clothes after using these products because this will just add an unpleasant odor to your clothes!.

  • Black Pepper

Black pepper can also help remove the skunk smell from clothes by adding it to the laundry detergent during the wash cycle.

  • Hydrogen Peroxide

Many household items can help remove skunk odor from the body. But a cheap and natural solution is simply hydrogen peroxide. Be careful because pouring it on your skin can be quite painful. Pour about three cups of hydrogen peroxide into a gallon size container so that there is enough room for you to pour boiling water over the hydrogen peroxide without spilling the chemical onto your skin or clothes.


Lemon has been shown to have the miraculous power to remove that potent, pungent skunk smell. Whether you’ve had a run-in with a skunk or if your clothes just smelled better when they were dried on the line with some lemon rinds, lemon may just be the perfect home remedy for getting rid of that smelly stench.

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