If you have a dog and a piece of remote land that he can freely roam around on, chances are there will be a day when he comes home smelling like he swam in a pond of liquid skunk, lol. As anyone who has gone through this can tell you, this “fragrance” is overwhelming and seemingly impossible to get rid of.
I do have a few home remedies you can try. The first thing to note is to keep the animal out of the house, this will prevent him from rolling around on the floor, rubbing against furniture or even shaking his fur out…trying to free himself from the nasty stench. This will only rub the chemicals off into your home and you don’t want that!
Caution: This recipe cannot be sealed or stored in a container or spray bottle as it can explode (don’t let that freak you out, just be smart about using it).
Mix in an open, plastic pail and use immediately. Wear latex gloves when applying.
Krebaum’s Formula For Animals
- 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)
If it’s for a larger animal, 1 quart of lukewarm water can be added.
- Be careful to keep this formula out of the ears, eyes and mouth. Lather thoroughly and deeply into fur. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse well with water.
- Do this procedure outside, and if you have plastic goggles–wear them. Dogs especially are notorious for shaking their fur out when wet, you don’t want this stuff getting in your eyes.
- This solution can be used on people, animals, clothing, or outdoors where needed. Be careful when applying and don’t let it get into eyes, ears or mouths.
More Remedies To Try:
*remember to wear latex gloves, keep out of dog’s eyes, nose and mouth.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Mix 1 part of the vinegar with 2 parts of warm water. Squirt the mixture all over his fur and really work it in. Allow to work for 5 minutes then rinse him off well with a fresh batch of water.
- We’ve all heard of the tomato juice soak, does it really work? Well if you have a bunch on hand, there’s no harm in trying it. Some swear it works while others say it’s a dud.
- Toothpaste Tip (from comments below): Squirt a tube of toothpaste all over the dog, work into fur and scrub away.
- Regina & Sunshine Trish (from comments): Straight vinegar, or a 50/50 mix of white vinegar & water. Leave it on for awhile before washing off.
- From 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.