Country Lore: Removing Skunk Odor

Removing skunk odor isn't easy, but one family has found a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to be fairly effective.

| October/November 2010

We have lived amicably with a nearby family of skunks for many years other than the many divots dug from our lawn — and a handful of other notable incidents. After the first, in which our dog got up close and personal and received a face-full of skunk spray for his efforts to be friendly, we tried various claims for removing skunk odor.

Tomato juice turned our golden dog an embarrassing shade of pink, and he still had a slight odor a year later when damp. The second event was less severe, but we still needed some type of treatment, so we tried this recipe we had read about. It worked, not only improving the dog but also effectively removing the aroma left on the stairs and deck where he waited for us to let him in.

1 quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
1/4 pound baking soda
Bit of liquid laundry detergent

Mix fresh each time the need arises. Wash the problem areas and rinse well.

Richard Gilbert
Linwood, Nova Scotia

12/6/2017 9:01:33 AM

no on the laundry detergent. i know. my dog has been sprayed 10 times and i have a vet approved recipe. it is peroxide, baking soda and a drop or two of dawn dish soap. leave it on the dog for 10 min. rinse.

4/27/2016 9:00:17 AM

A word of caution on the skunk smell removal. Many laundry detergents are toxic if ingested and can kill a pet. Read labels or call a poison center if you are in question!

4/23/2016 4:39:34 PM

Temporarily living on property while renovating warehouse & buildings. Past month at 5am, we woke up to skunk smell. I had bottles of essential oils. I put small drops of Peppermint oil in & out of the building & the breezeway. Within an hour smell was gone & I was able to go back to sleep. SMALL DROPS OF PEPPERMINT OIL GOT RID OF THE SKUNK SMELL for Ginger & Jim Fort Mohave, AZ

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