Sunday, October 23, 2011

Skunked... again

 Just a few feet from the front door.. our dog got nailed by Pepe Le Pew... again. I thought I would share this recipe that we've tried (and it works pretty decent) to remove skunk stench. Do not get it into their eyes, mouth, ears!!!!!! 

This mixture does not keep, and do not put it into a closed container (it will fizz a little... and blow up a sealed container.)  Mix it in a bowl and (with rubber gloves on) apply it to the dog. It may cause the fur to lighten in color where it is used. Apply and let it sit for 5 minutes and then rinse off.

 1 quart hydrogen peroxide
 1/4 cup baking soda
 2 teaspoons mild dish liquid

 Should you attempt tomato juice (which does not work as well.. it helps, but even after several applications and 1/2 a bottle of dog shampoo he still stank.. and then so did I).. I found that a watering can with the nozzle taken off makes it easier to hold the leash and direct the juice better.

 Currently I am making a list of detergents that do not seem to be able to de-stink clothes. Tide, Era, oxyclean, Purex, Arm & Hammer......  don't work. I had better luck with baking soda and then another wash with distilled vinegar.

 Thankfully I was wearing my husband's fleece...   


  1. I haven't been hit since I was a kid, but I remember it very well. My mother wore out my butt. She warned me to not catch any other skunks after the first six...hey, they were babies...

  2. LMAO.. the first six... LOL!! My Mom's uncle had a descented skunk.. and I have a friend with a descented skunk. They are fun pets, but the aroma never is totally gone even after they remove the glands.

  3. I knew a guy who swore that you could pick a skunk up by the tail and it couldn't spray you. He was right they need to brace their back legs to spray however while holding said skunk it wiggled and got it's back feet on his thigh.

    He rode in the back of the truck on the way home.

    I also have found that banishment to the barn for a month also works. The dog hates it however.

  4. I am amazed he was able to pick it up! Hilarious he had to ride in the truck.

    That stink went right through the gloves I used! Our dog got nailed in the face the first time and the second time on his chest. Powerful stuff...

  5. We had momma and baby skunks everywhere I looked this spring, how our dog remained free from the stink is a miracle in itself. I will definitely keep your formula in mind though, I would never have thought to use hydrogen peroxide. Best of luck with those clothes.

  6. @ Mr. H

    A chemist came up with that mix. My sister had used it on her dog. She had to apply it twice, but ours we only had to do it once.

    I hope you never need to use it!

  7. The other day I smelled skunk in the air- I was sure one of the dogs would come in stinking- but we were lucky. Must have been a neighbor dog- which somehow makes me smile:)