Skunk Odor Removal

Skunk mating season is upon us, and the chances of your pet getting sprayed increases this time of year. The chemistry of skunk spray is such that when some of the components come into contact with water they are converted to more potent substances that stink even worse. This is the reason why animals may actually smell worse after a bath. So below is a skunk odor removal formula and a few tips for those of you who have a pet who has had the misfortune of being sprayed.

  • 1 quart fresh 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1-2 tsp liquid dishwashing detergent

For large dogs, add one quart of tepid water to ensure complete coverage.

Mix the above ingredients together. 

Bathe the animal outdoors. Apply the formula to the pet, working deeply into the fur, and allow it to set for five minutes.

Rinse with copious amounts of water after five minutes.

Repeat if necessary.

Hints:

  • The mixture must be used promptly and will not work if stored for any length of time.
  • Do not store in a closed container. The container could break as the peroxide releases oxygen.
  • The pet's fur (as wellas  clothing, towels and carpeting) may be bleached by the formula.

Source: Krebaum P. Skunk odor removal. Chem Engineer News 1993; Oct 18:99.

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