Recipe for Skunk Odor Removal

Dear Readers,

Last night, our dogs went on their usual trip to the backyard before bed, and evidently took a detour to Nature's Perfume Counter while they were at it.  Now, there are many lovely perfume labels in nature: Infusion d'Honeysuckle.  L'Eau Parfumee Rose.  Calendula Blossom.  Sadly, our dogs went for a rather generous free sample of Eau d'Mouffette.  Ugh.  

My husband consulted The Google while I wrangled two smelly canines into the shower.  Have you ever smelled freshly-sprayed-skunk-smell up close?  It's nauseating.  All you want to do is eradicate it, immediately and forever.

Thanks to some wonderful expert advice (you can click here to read the full article) we got the smell out, although in retrospect it would have made more sense to conduct the whole procedure outdoors.  The master bathroom still faintly reeks, although the dogs smell good as new.  

So here's the ticket to getting Eau d'Mouffette out:

  1. In a large plastic bucket, mix up to a quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, NEVER a stronger percentage (we had about 1/3 of that left over, but it worked fine) with 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 teaspoons liquid dish detergent.  We sort of splashed in a lot of both...we were in no mood to hunt down the measuring cups with that SMELL in the air!  Run some lukewarm water (we used about a quart) into the bucket, and mix it all up.
  2. Grab your (still dry) dogs, and some rubber gloves (you don't NEED the gloves but your hands will smell like skunk afterwards if you don't put them on.)  Scoop up handfuls of the foamy mixture in your bucket and rub it into your dogs' DRY fur.  AVOID THE EYES. Our dogs got sprayed full in the face, so the smell was concentrated around their little faces and on their chests/front legs.  Just rub the foamy mixture in really well, then let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Just like the shampoo commercials: rinse (with lukewarm water), suds up, repeat.  Do this process as many times as it takes for the smell to go away, or until you run out of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide and patience. For us, it took two rounds of the process to get rid of the stench.  

And you're done!  Or will be, once you dry the dogs off, wash the towels, spray the entire house down with air freshener (if you forgot and bathed them indoors), sorted out why the skunk was in your backyard in the first place (for us, it seems to have been snacking on the compost pile), and finally scrubbed the skunk smell off yourself in the shower.

(As an aside, our cats would just like to point out that this sort of thing never happens to cats.  A cat would NEVER trap a skunk in a compost bin and then stand there barking madly at it, all the while being doused in foul odors.  Perish the thought.)

Yours Truly,

Sarah

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