Skunk Odor Remover

I could have sworn I did this before, but when JeffreyWW posted about his minor encounter I looked and found otherwise.

There is a recipe that works for cleaning dogs when they’re sprayed by skunks. It also works for anything else that got sprayed as well, like the car against which your dog may have trapped the skunk. (Yes, that’s experience).

For a Jack Russell Terrier sized dog the recipe is 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide (in other words a bottle from the grocery store), 1/4 cup of baking soda, and a teaspoon of liquid detergent (use something dog safe, please). Treat it like a shampoo – get the dog wet, thoroughly work in the cleanser, and rinse it out. Two passes using about half each time will probably work better than on deluge.

For bigger dogs, use more. If you’re spraying down an area like a car and driveway, mix this with about a gallon of water in a pressure sprayer, then rinse thoroughly. Odds are you’ll want two or three batches.

It works. I can give it no higher praise.

If you live where you might have skunks and you have an outside pet it’s handy to have. If you think you’ll need a lot or will want it swiftly if you do need it, you can mix the baking soda, soap, and a half cup of water ahead of time and put it in a jar. But once you add the hydrogen peroxide you need to use it or lose it — it won’t keep.

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