Polk County Conservation

Getting Rid of Skunk Odor

  • My dog was sprayed by a skunk on our farm. I bought a whole bunch of tomato juice and tried bathing him in it, but the stench still remains. I’m desperate! Is there anything else I can use to get rid of the skunk odor?

    My sympathies go out to you! When skunks are alarmed or threatened they spray a yellow-tinted oily liquid from two sacks in their behind. Skunks are able to adjust the spray to a mist or stream and can aim at a specific target up to 20 feet away. The musk can temporarily blind or stun individuals sprayed in the face. Victims can experience watery eyes, nasal irritation, and nausea. Needless to say, not a pleasant experience!

    Contrary to popular belief, tomato juice does not effectively neutralize skunk odor. There are several over the counter products that claim to remove the odor, but there is an easy home remedy you can try instead. A chemist named Paul Krebaum created a solution that chemically neutralizes skunk odors. The ingredients for the solution are: 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (fresh bottle), 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1-2 teaspoons liquid dish soap. Mix the ingredients in an open container and use immediately! The solution can be used on people or pets; avoid splashing the product in the eyes or mouth. Allow the solution to remain on hair for five minutes before rinsing with water. Repeat as needed. Do not use this solution on clothing because it may discolor the fabric. This solution will not bleach pet hair.

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    Granger, IA 50109

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