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Skunks have a powerful defense mechanism which they employ any time that they feel threatened. Skunks excrete a foul-smelling fluid from their anal scent glands and spray it onto their attackers. Because the odor is contained in the spray, it lingers until the liquid is diluted or removed. Even then, the strong odor of skunk can still persist. Eliminating skunk odor from a yard can be accomplished using the proper cleaning solution.
Spray the area thoroughly using a garden hose to dilute the smell as much as possible. This will wash much of the secretion into the soil where it will be absorbed.
Pour 1 gallon of water into bucket and add 1 1/2 cups of liquid bleach. Allow the solution to sit for one to two minutes to allow the bleach and water to mix together.
Pour the bleach mixture onto any of the affected areas of the yard including patios, walkways and other structures that will not be harmed by bleach. Do not pour it onto grass or plants as the bleach may kill them.
Pour 1 gallon of water into a bucket and add 1 qt. of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution, 1 cup of baking soda and 1 tsp. of dish soap.
Mix the solution well using a spoon until most of the baking soda is dissolved.
Spray the solution onto any areas that contain the skunk smell. This solution is safe to use on most plants as well.
Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.