How to Deal with Extremely Offensive Odors

By Mary Hunt

June 27, 2016 5 min read

Many years ago, Nok-Out and I met completely by accident. We found each other during my desperate search for ways my readers could deal with extremely offensive odors. I've used Nok-Out continuously in my home and business since then, and have recommended it to readers facing serious and potentially expensive odor issues.

DEAR MARY: I am a loyal EC reader. You recently suggested diluting Nok-Out by adding 4 parts water to 1 part Nok-Out. I always wondered if you could do that, but didn't want to risk wasting the product by testing it and being wrong. Some of my clothes were terribly odorous, and I couldn't get the smell out no matter how many times I washed them. I was about ready to throw them away. After reading your column, though, I diluted the Nok-Out as you said, soaked my clothes in the solution, wrung them out and then washed them. It worked! Nok-Out saved my clothes. The odor is completely gone. This product is definitely worth the money. — Robyn

DEAR ROBYN: That's great news! Nok-Out is so highly concentrated that it is still highly effective when diluted to the 4-to-1 solution. There are times you can dilute it even more than that, but there are also (rare) times you really need to use it at full strength. Read on for one example...

DEAR MARY: Will Nok-Out get rid of skunk odor? — Joyce

DEAR JOYCE: Yes, it will — very effectively. Keep in mind that skunk spray is oily in nature, which makes it one of the most stubborn odors. If your pet is sprayed directly as opposed to receiving a peripheral light spray, it'll take more work to get the odor out.

Here's what you should do:

Keep your pet outdoors if possible. You don't want to bring that odor indoors. Then, put on rubber gloves so you odor doesn't get on you! Check your pet's eyes for redness. If they are red, your pet may have been sprayed directly in the face. If this is the case, call the vet. Do NOT spray Nok-Out in your pet's eyes. Nok-Out will not cause permanent harm if it gets in the eyes (Nok-Out is nontoxic), but it will sting.

Spray full strength Nok-Out directly on your pet and begin massaging it into the fur. Remember that Nok-Out is an oxidizer and must come in direct contact with the smelly stuff to neutralize it. You must massage it deep into the area where the skunk sprayed. Make sure to get the animal's face thoroughly, as that was likely the part of its body closest to the skunk. It may be useful to spray Nok-Out onto a rag and rub the rag around the mouth and eyes. Let your pet's fur dry (let it air dry if you can, to give the Nok-Out time to work).

Skunk spray is so potent and powerful that you may have to apply Nok-Out multiple times to completely remove the smell. So don't panic if it the smell isn't completely gone the first time around.

After the Nok-Out has had time to work, shampoo your pet and then give it a good rinse with a weak solution of Nok-Out (1 cup of Nok-Out to an entire tub of water). Let your pet's fur dry (again, air drying is preferred), and then repeat. If any smell lingers, you missed a spot.

Repeat these steps as necessary.

You can find Nok-Out online at Enjoy the additional benefit of receiving 10 percent off your order by entering the code "DPL" at checkout. That should help with the cost of shipping.

If you need help with a specific smelly situation, give Nok-Out owner Ted Price a call at 866-551-1927. He is typically around during business hours and always returns missed calls.

Mary invites questions, comments and tips at [email protected], or c/o Everyday Cheapskate, 12340 Seal Beach Blvd., Suite B-416, Seal Beach, CA 90740. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of, a personal finance member website and the author of "Debt-Proof Living," released in 2014. To find out more about Mary and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

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