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How To Remove Skunk Odor From Your Dog

Recipe By Paul Krebaum
Apr 14, 2017, 01:10


Skunks can be found almost everywhere. When your dog curiously approaches one, they may end up being sprayed in the face, full of a very difficult to remove odor. Commercial products work, but if you don't have any available, this recipe is as effective and is easy to follow. Tomato juice doesn't work nearly as well. The formula was developed by chemist Paul Krebaum. It is eco friendly and made of items you probably already have in your home.

1. Outside

Keep your dog outside while you mix the recipe so they don't spread the smell indoors. Be sure their eyes are clear. if they are red and irritated, wash them with cool water.

2. Preparation

You can't prepare this solution ahead of time and store it - it won't be effective when you need it and it may bubble and explode. It must be made fresh, right before you apply it to your pet. So it pays to make sure you have all the ingredients ahead of time!

In a pail, mix:

  • 1 quart hydrogen peroxide (the 3 percent hydrogen peroxide variety)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons dishwashing liquid

If you have a large breed dog, you may need to double, triple or even quadruple the mixture.

3. Wash

Wear dishwashing or other household gloves if you like during the whole de-skunking process. Don't wet down your pet. Apply the mixture to your pet's dry coat from the collar back toward the tail. Be very careful to not get it near their eyes because the hydrogen peroxide solution can burn them. Lather the mixture into your pet's coat and skin. Rub the solution around for about five minutes or until the skunk smell starts to dissipate.

If the front of your pet is as stinky as the back, use a sponge to apply the solution to your pet's chin, cheeks, forehead and ears, being very careful not to go near the eyes. When you rinse the head area, tilt your pet's chin upward so the solution does not run down into the eyes, instead allow the water to run back off his neck.

4. Rinse

Do a complete rinse once the smell starts to decrease, then repeat the entire process again. You may need to repeat the lather and rinse process up to three times, but it's a very effective method for removing the skunk smell from your pet. Make sure to completely rinse the solution off your pet. Peroxide can bleach your dog's fur. Your final rinse should be very thorough.

5. Shampoo

Now, wash your dog with pet shampoo and thoroughly rinse. They should be odor free. Thoroughly towel off your dog, and allow them to rest in a warm place so they don't become chilled.

6. Cleanup

Skunk odor can be washed out of clothes using laundry detergent mixed with a half-cup of baking soda.

Good luck - I hope you never have to use this skunk rinse recipe!

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