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

removing skunk odor

A simple, DIY concoction exists that is capable of removing skunk odor.


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

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

lisbeth ogle
4/18/2012 10:56:39 PM

Saw this solution on Myth Busters. It works on cat urine, etc. I am cheap and substitute powdered OxiClean for the peroxide. Adding white vinegar to a load of stinky laundry and allowing to soak removes sweat odor, musty, old fabric softener funk.

denise wolfe
4/18/2012 5:05:59 PM

Pepsi works really well for removing skunk spray. Our dog got sprayed she is a house dog and it was winter so we could not leave her outside. I didn't have tomatoes or tomato juice but someone had left a big bottle of Pepsi at our house after a party. I had heard that Pepsi could clean your battery cables, remove rust, eat meat off a bone so I thought I wonder if it can remove skunk oil. It worked like a charm we gave her a bath in Pepsi and then washed her with regular doggy shampoo. That night she got to sleep in the house and we had not left over skunk smell.

mother earth news fair


Oct. 21-22, 2017
Topeka, KS.

More than 150 workshops, great deals from more than 200 exhibitors, off-stage demos, inspirational keynotes, and great food!