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[personal profile] sauergeek
One useful thing I've found from getting skunked: a workable de-skunkification mix. A chemist came up with the mix based on a liquid filter he used to break down hydrogen sulfide in a waste gas stream. It's a 192:12:1 mix (in my case, 1 cup, 1 tablespoon, and 1/4 teaspoon) of 3% hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and liquid hand soap. See the actual recipe for details and some explanation, and his IFAQs for a more detailed explanation of how the reaction works.

One of the worst-hit things was one of the bike panniers. I went after the pannier with this stuff and a toothbrush, and it slew the stink. (As a control, the bike itself, which I am slowly acquiring the tools to properly dismantle so I can get at all the places that skunk spray got, and which still is not acceptable in company.)

Date: 2017-03-10 10:56 am (UTC)
rix_scaedu: (cat wearing fez)
From: [personal profile] rix_scaedu
Should I ask how you got skunked in the first place, or just be glad that I'm on the other side of an ocean from skunks in general?

Date: 2017-03-10 08:18 pm (UTC)
kelkyag: eye-shaped patterns on birch trunk (birch eyes)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
Mostly skunks are very chill and it's not an issue. I've walked within a few yards of one without issue on a number of occasions when we were aware of each other.

In this case, [personal profile] sauergeek was on bike and the skunk was in a flower bed right next to the path, and they didn't see each other until they were very close. [personal profile] sauergeek was moving at a good clip and the skunk decided someone closing at speed was alarming. :(

Date: 2017-03-11 11:38 am (UTC)
rix_scaedu: (cat wearing fez)
From: [personal profile] rix_scaedu
On the other hand, if you stay away from the northern regions and their crocodiles, we have no large native predators bigger than a large dog.

Date: 2017-03-11 01:13 pm (UTC)
kazmat: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kazmat
Sounds like you had a very fragrant time. :} From your initial post, I was thinking motorcycle, not push bike, but your description below says otherwise. Even worse, eeeeeew.

Date: 2017-03-12 04:58 pm (UTC)
keshwyn: Green ferns and moss on trees. (edgewalker)
From: [personal profile] keshwyn
My 'favorite' skunk story is how a rabid one decided my *dorm* was threatening it, and skunked the entire east side of the building. I woke up at four a.m., tasting skunk aroma in the back of my mouth, and in my sleepy state, opened the windows.

The level of stink did not appreciably change. That woke me up enough to figure out what was going on. (Being in the basement, I had it worst, of course.)

The whole dorm got those industrial serv-pro fans pointing out our windows for several days, until the smell finally began to dissipate. It was fascinating in a 'I'm glad I'm probably never going to have to deal with this again' kind of way.

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