Dog Meets Skunk: A Recipe for Successfully Removing Skunk Smell from Your Dog

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It is that time of the year again when dogs meet up with skunks. Even if they don’t get into a fight, the dog usually returns home smelling, well you know… smelling like skunk! If you have ever experienced this, you know that skunk smell is hard to get rid of. I learned this first hand.

Picture me at the local hardware store (I live in rural Wisconsin and the nearest pet store is hours away) looking for de-skunker. There isn’t a product on the self that will do. Pet shampoo does NOT remove the smell.

I remembered my brother telling me that good old douche works. So, I ventured to the grocery store and bought two containers feminine hygiene product. The clerk gave me a quizzical smile when I explained it was for my dog who had encountered a skunk. I don’t think he believed me. Short version-it doesn’t work.

I went back to the drug store later that day. I was perusing the aisles for a possible solution, when I ran into a lady who asked if she could help me find something. I told her the problem. She had the solution!

Here is the recipe:

Skunk Odor Remover

Dawn dish soap (original kind) 1 tsp
¼ c. baking soda
1 Quart Hydrogen Peroxide

Mix together and wash the dog. Rinse and repeat. Keep out of dog’s eyes.
(DO NOT try to store any extra solution. It will explode like a chemistry experiment gone wrong.) I doubled the recipe because I have a large dog.

So I mixed the concoction, applied it to the dog, rinsed him off by throwing a ball for him to retrieve into the lake. Then I repeated the process. I even used the extra mixture to remove the odor from the couch and rug where he had rubbed his face in hopes of getting rid of the smell and sting. Needless to say, hydrogen peroxide is now a staple in my medicine cabinet. It’s not for me, it’s just in case I ever need to de-skunk my dog again!


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