- This website is amazing: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf576594.tip.html and I've been there a dozen times in the last 40 hours.
- A mixture of peroxide, baking soda and dish soap (not tomato juice) works best to remove "direct hit" sprays. We didn't have peroxide or tomato juice the first night but baking soda and dish soap did take the edge off. Bath #3 is tonight.
- Every piece of fabric that we own that was in a closet, drawer, or on a bed smells like skunk and the mountain of laundry is impressive. We're not quite sure how to make our leather shoes right again, but we're working on a few experiments.
- I am nearly certain that there is not enough Oxiclean in this town for all of our laundry. It doesn't help that we've washed a few stubborn pieces (like my coat and shoes) twice and they still smell. But it does work on most stuff.
- Vinegar cuts down on skunk odor significantly. All upholstery in our house have been sprayed with direct vinegar at least once, followed up with Febreze. Three times for the carpets. They still don't smell right. I also boiled vinegar for about 3 hours yesterday morning with the cupboard doors open in the kitchen because they also smelled of skunk. I think that took care of it in the kitchen.
- Jack hates the smell of vinegar almost as much as skunk right now. We're trying some chlorine producing reactors this weekend that are supposed to be the cure-all for stubborn odors. Unfortunately it also means that we have to take our stinky selves out of the house for a couple of days. On a positive note, its a good reason to have a pool party at the hotel for Gage's birthday.
- Wrangler really does feel bad and has moped around the house since this happened. He does not however feel smart enough to leave the suspected site of attack alone. Jack chased him all over the trees yesterday and is pretty sure Wrangler was headed back for revenge. He's now a leashed puppy when outside (we had to steal the dog collar back that Gage had claimed as a toy, but what are a few more toddler tears?)
- I'm in the market for a new comforter. It needs to match the sage green curtains that were in there, unless they still smell funky too. I haven't touched the comforter yet. Its outside in a large, heavy garbage bag but we can smell it through the garbage bag when we walk a 10 foot perimeter around it...sick. The bagged up dog collar permeates much farther than that.
- To answer an obvious question: Gage really has no idea what's going on except that Mommy and Daddy would rather clean than play and that's unusual. We did teach him to say, "I smell like a skunk." and stick his little butt out and go "Pshhh" to spray like a skunk. What can I say, we really needed a laugh.
- Our house may be the cleanest its been in a really long time and from reading on the web, it could be MUCH worse!
So there you have it. If we meet up with you in the next few days, we're sorry to share the funk but we're really doing all we can. And we're open to suggestions. One more picture of Wrangler because we do still love him. (Just don't let this happen again...please!)
Also, a huge shout out to Gage's daycare who kept him even though he stunk all day yesterday and still a little today. I'd put her name in here but I don't want you to steal her - she helps us maintain our sanity.
To the skunks living near our house: I hope you all freeze to death in the April blizzard this weekend.