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A Mix Of These Simple Household Items Can Get Rid Foul-Smelling Skunk Spray

03/03/2015 04:42 pm ET | Updated Mar 03, 2015

While there are some particularly inventive myths about the best way to combat the foul odor of skunk spray, a concoction of a few household items is enough to do the trick.

Rick Schwartz, a global ambassador for the San Diego Zoo, stopped by HuffPost Live along with a few skunks on Monday and explained the home remedy that eliminates the horrible stench.

"Hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and grease-cutting dish soap. Those three things mixed together in the moment then allow you to chemically break down … the oils and alcohol base of their spray," he told host Caitlyn Becker.

The mixture is "much more effective than anything else that's out there," Schwartz added.

For those of us who'd like to avoid getting sprayed altogether, Schwartz shared the telltale signs of an impending skunk attack and when to keep your distance.

"First thing they would do is they would hiss and groan," he said. "They'd stomp their back feet, [and] if that didn't scare off the predator, they actually flip up [their tails] and they can shoot about 10 feet."

Learn more about the animal populations at the San Diego Zoo here.

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