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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

That Stinks

When I moved to the country, I imagined some of the critters I’d have to share my yard with – deer, turkeys, turtles, raccoons, snakes. So we’ve been in our house for a little over a year now, and until our neighbor said they had one living in their yard, they never crossed my mind -- skunks. After that conversation, I saw one while running two days later. Then a few days after that, we had two in our yard.

My son and I happened to be out of town the day of the skunk incident. And thank goodness for that because one of them sprayed five feet from our house. It was on a Thursday night, and Gray and I got home on Saturday afternoon. I had no idea until my husband told me the story – a very funny one I have to admit. But he also confessed that the smell seeped into the house. (That explained the bottle of Fabreze in the laundry room.)

After he confessed, my mind ran through lots of scenarios. Like – what if the smell had permeated my clothes? My guess is that this is something most of you won’t ever have to deal with. But I had to find the answer to my question, especially now. Some web sites said just throw the clothes away. One suggested burying the sprayed clothes for three days before trying to wash. Below is some information from about.com and ehow.com. It seemed to be the most logical.

•Immediately soak washable items in a mixture of 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup vinegar, and the normal amount of laundry detergent for at least 30 minutes (be sure to test the mixture on each item on a small area before using).
•Careful not to use too warm of water as it can infuse the odor into the fibers.
•Wash as normal using a heavy duty detergent.
•Don’t bleach.
•Don’t use the dryer. Instead line dry your items as the heat from the dryer will also infuse the odor into the fibers.
•For non-washable items, air thoroughly then bring them to us.

So I’m curious. Has anyone had to deal with this?

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