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Get Rid of Skunk Odor | Methods to Deskunk Your Dog

Get Rid of Skunk Odor | Methods to Deskunk Your Dog
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Everyone knows that tomato juice is handy for deskunking a dog, but it’s not the only old-time remedy that works to get rid of skunk odor from your dog. Some other ingredients to keep on hand in
quantity in case of emergency include vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide.

Try dousing a skunked dog with about a cup of vanilla extract mixed in a gallon of water to get rid of skunk odor, says Hazel Christiansen, a longtime professional groomer and former president of the American Grooming Shop Association, in Lewiston, Idaho. Let the dog soak in the solution for about 10 minutes before applying dog shampoo and rinsing.

For the vinegar remedy, mix 2 parts water with 1 part apple cider vinegar, and set the solution aside (the total amount you’ll need to mix depends on the size of your dog). Thoroughly wet your smelly dog’s coat with water. Now, work the vinegar solution through the fur. Let the solution sit for about 5 minutes; then rinse thoroughly. Work carefully and be sure the solution doesn’t drip into your dog’s eyes (it would sting).

If neither of the concoctions above seems to work, here’s one last skunk-odor removing remedy that’s been passed on from one generation of dog lovers to the next. Mix 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup baking soda, and 1 teaspoon dish-washing liquid. Apply this mixture in the same way you would the vinegar solution. The quantities listed should make enough deskunking solution for a medium-size dog (30 to 50 pounds), so use less or more as needed for the size of your dog.

The best way to eliminate skunk odor is to avoid it altogether. Believe it or not, skunks hate strong odors. You can keep them out of your woodshed or other outbuildings by hanging a bar of strong disinfectant or room deodorizer in the space.

Yankee Classic about Skunks: If you saw a skunk with its head trapped in a bottle, how far would you go to help him?


Excerpt from 1,001 Old-Time Household Hints—brought to you by Skyhorse Publishing

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Updated Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

7 Responses to Get Rid of Skunk Odor | Methods to Deskunk Your Dog

  1. Carol Winfield August 7, 2015 at 10:02 pm #

    Hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and dishwashing detergent worked quickly and efficiently. Also helped my hands. Thanks for having this available. Fantastic help would highly recommend this formula. Thanks again and God Bless ***

  2. Ruth August 25, 2015 at 8:07 am #

    Hydrogen Peroxide, baking soda and dishwashing liquid is the best solution to deskunk dogs. It works fast and will take out the odor significantly after the first washing. If not a bad case of spray odor could be gone completely after 2-3 washes.

  3. Marissa September 2, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    I was skeptical, but tried the peroxide/baking soda/dishwashing liquid method as I already had it all on hand. What do you know? It worked wonderfully! My lab/border collie mix smells better than probably before the skunk sprayed her! Lol. Thank you so much for the tip. Will definitely be bookmarking this for the future.

  4. Cheryl September 17, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

    Tonight at 7:35 pm our Labrador chased a skunk across the yard and got sprayed badly. My husband did’t know what to do with her. Quickly I Googled and came up with your site; thank goodness! We did successfully use the Hydrogen Peroxide, baking soda, & dish-washing liquid in about 2 1/2 gallons of warm water in a deep cook-pot and washed her down with it for at least 15 minutes (outside). It seemed to work great! But, then, we gave her a rinse with the cider vinegar water. Terrific! After a towel dry she’s actually back in the house on her bed drying and we don’t even notice an odor at all! Absolutely amazing! Thank you ever-so-much!

    • Camellia March 8, 2016 at 8:48 pm #

      It must be the apple cider vinegar then because I’ve tried the H2O2/baking soda/soap mixture more than once and it does NOT work. It’s better then absolutely nothing, but the skunk smell is still there. A couple of things that DO work for the house if someone runs through it and rolls on the rugs before you realize they’ve been sprayed, is to boil vinegar on the stove so it fills the air while you wash the rugs in the washer with soap and bleach water. Bleach is amazing but you CANNOT put it on your dog(s)!

  5. Alex @ TLS November 28, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    hydrogen peroxide.. luckily this is the best solution

  6. Melissa February 28, 2016 at 7:40 pm #

    OK, I will try this… But how do I get the smell out of my house? I also have items I can’t wash, like couch or my leather items. I don’t own a carpet shamooer either. Please if anyone knows, help me out. This smell gives me a very bad headache and light headed at times

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