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Thwarting Pepe Le Pew

Oh, the delights of the skunk: In terror, he fills the air with such powerful pungency. Far be it from us to suggest that the skunk could use some deodorant (strong enough for a man, but made for mephitidae), but in case you or your animals get zapped by Monsieur Le Pew's special brand of perfume, here's a recipe to remove it. Mix a quart of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide with 1/4 cup of baking soda and a teaspoon of liquid soap, and then lather up—you can use the mixture as soap to wash an animal who has been sprayed or to wash yourself. The secret formula works on clothes, too, but you need to be careful: Some fabrics can be damaged by the mixture, so you should soak clothes for a very short period of time and then rinse them out with water. Although the recipe may not remove Pépé's pew completely, it works much better than the traditional remedy of washing with tomato juice, and it also beats smearing your entire body with peanut butter. (This just makes you smell like a peanut butter-covered skunk.)


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