If you have a dog and a piece of remote land where he is free to roam around, chances are the day will come when your buddy comes home smelling like he swam in a pond of liquid skunk, lol.
As anyone who has gone through this will tell you, the “fragrance” is overwhelming and seemingly impossible to get rid of.
The good news is that although this chore is a major, unpleasant hassle (and I say that without exaggeration), it is doable to get rid of that stank with a little bit of elbow grease and a few items from the pantry.
I’ve organized my collection of home remedies for you to try including the much sought Krebaum’s Formula that many swear by (Source: University of Nebraska Lincoln – pdf). It’s been publicly available for a few decades and a tried-and-true success.
The first thing to note is to keep the animal outside, this will safeguard against him rolling around on the floor, rubbing against furniture or even shaking his coat out…attempting to free himself of the nastiness. This will only rub the chemicals off inside your house and no one wants that!
Be careful to keep any of the treatments below out of the ears, eyes and mouth. Soak a washcloth in the chosen solution and use that to apply near these areas.
Caution: This recipe must not be sealed or stored in a container or spray bottle as it can explode (don’t let that scare you, just be smart about handling it). Apparently this is one of the reasons why the recipe is freely available rather than being commercially packaged and sold, it could blow up on store shelves!
- 1 quart of fresh (not old or out-dated) 3% hydrogen peroxide (from a pharmacy) – store bought is only 1.5%
- 1/4 cup of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) – to act as a buffer
- 1 to 2 teaspoons of liquid soap – to alkalize the peroxide (Soft Soap or Ivory Liquid, don’t use shampoo or detergent)
If it’s for a larger dog, 1 quart of lukewarm water can be added.
Mix in an open, plastic pail and use immediately. Wear latex gloves when applying.
- Lather thoroughly and deeply into fur. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse well.
- Do procedure outside, and if you have plastic goggles–wear them. Dogs especially are notorious for shaking their coat out when wet, you don’t want this stuff getting into your eyes.
- Solution can be used on people, animals, clothing, or outdoors where needed.
More Home Remedies To Try
*Remember to wear latex gloves and protect pet’s eyes, nose and mouth.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Combine 1 part with 2 parts of warm water. Squirt the mixture all over his fur and really scrub it in. Allow to soak for 5 minutes then rinse him off.
- We’ve all heard of the tomato juice soak, is it really effective? Well if you have a bunch handy, there’s no harm in trying it. Some swear it helps while others say it’s a dud.
- Toothpaste Tip (from comments below): Squirt a tube of toothpaste all over the pooch, work into fur and scrub away.
- Regina & Sunshine Trish (from comments): Straight vinegar, or a 50/50 mix with water. Leave it on for awhile before washing off.
- Shared by another tipster below: “I used to work with a woman who had worked for animal control in the past. She told me that the best way to de-skunk your pet was to bathe them with dawn dish soap and to rinse them with straight vinegar, and to not follow up with a water rinse. The degreasing powers of dawn get rid of the oily spray, and the vinegar acts as a deodorizer.”
Skunks can carry rabies, take to vet immediately if you find any bleeding or open wounds while washing your pet.