How do I get skunk smell off my pet?


Products like Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover have been known to work, but may be hard to find in a pinch. You can remove the odor from your pet using household items. Skunk spray is very oily and contains sulfur (hence the stench). The following recipe, developed by chemist Paul Krebaum, causes a chemical reaction that breaks up the oils and neutralizes the odor.

Please note that you should never, store this mixed solution in a closed bottle, sprayer, etc. Pressure will build up until the container bursts. This can cause severe injury.
In a plastic bucket, mix the following ingredients well:

  • 1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1/4 cup of baking soda
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons liquid soap
  • for very large pets one quart of tepid tap water may be added to enable complete coverage.

Wash your pet promptly and thoroughly, working the solution deep into the fur. Let your nose guide you – leave the solution on for about 5 minutes or until the odor is gone. Some heavily oiled areas may require a “rinse and repeat” washing.

After treatment, thoroughly rinse your pet with tepid tap water. Pour the extra solution down the drain with running water.


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