It was 1:00a.m. when my oldest son, Kyle, came bursting through my bedroom door. A feeling of panic began to settle in, while visions of horrible possibilities swarmed my sleepy mind. Then I heard him yelling about a skunk emergency. I never thought I'd be SO relieved to be dealing with such an obnoxious problem in the middle of the night!
Our little hunting dog had begged to go outside, so Kyle obliged – only to see her return to the back door with a black and white furry trophy. ACK!
It's been years since we last dealt with a skunk attack, and the tomato juice we used only decreased the putrid smell to a level where we could barely tolerate it. So my husband trapped our poor old girl outside while I did a quick search for an alternative remedy.
About.com to the Rescue
I clicked the first result and was sure I'd found a recipe for success. We followed their instructions to the last detail and the results were amazing, leaving only a small amount of skunk smell left around our dog's face (where we had been very cautious to avoid her eyes).
Skunk odor remedies like tomato juice or vinegar really just cover up the odor. Skunk spray is oily and contains sulfur, and this all natural recipe causes a reaction that breaks up the oils and neutralizes the odor.
Non-toxic De-Skunking Recipe
This recipe was developed by a chemist in 1993 and is super simple, using ingredients you most likely have on hand for your green cleaning needs:
- 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide (nothing stronger)
- 1/4 cup of baking soda
- 1 to 2 teaspoons liquid soap (I used organic castile soap)
Be sure to follow all of the instructions as laid out by About.com as they're very important to the safety of your dog and your overall success. Also rinse your dog's coat very well so you don't leave any hydrogen peroxide behind to irritate their skin.
Have you ever had the pleasure of de-skunking your dog? If so, what's your favorite remedy?