Dog Bath Recipe for Skunk

by Cindy Quarters, Demand Media
    You'll know it if your dog has a close encounter with a skunk.

    You'll know it if your dog has a close encounter with a skunk.

    If a skunk sprays your four-footed pal, the odor is likely to knock both of you for a loop. To deal with this smelly issue, whip up a batch of deodorizer from some common household items. A good recipe addresses both the odor and the oily composition of the spray.

    Hydrogen Peroxide

    Adding hydrogen peroxide to your dog’s bath helps to rid him of the stinky spray that’s clinging to his fur. Use a new bottle of peroxide every time, because even unopened peroxide can lose its strength over time. For a basic batch of doggy deodorizer, use a quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide along with the other bath ingredients. Don’t let him swallow any of the liquid, because the peroxide can make him vomit, and you don’t need any more mess to deal with.

    Baking Soda

    Baking soda has a well-deserved reputation as a natural deodorizer. Adding about 1/4 cup of baking soda to a quart of hydrogen peroxide makes for a powerful doggy deodorant. Never put these two things together in a closed container, since when mixed they create a ton of bubbles that could actually cause an explosion. You’ll also want to use the mixture immediately, since it becomes less effective if you let it sit around. If your dog is very big or very hairy, you’ll need to make a double or even a triple batch to make sure you have enough.

    Dish Soap

    The third ingredient you need to add to your dog bath is some liquid dish soap, preferably a brand that works great on grease. Skunk spray is not only stinky, it’s also oily, and that oiliness is one of the reasons that the nasty smell hangs around so long. Adding a teaspoon or two of dish soap to the peroxide and baking soda combination helps break down the sticky spray and get it out of your dog’s coat. Once the other two ingredients are mixed together, add the soap and stir it in well.

    Bathing

    When you’re battling skunk smell, you’re better off washing your dog outside. Rinse your dog well, then scrub the dog bath combo of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and dish soap into his coat. Try to work up a lather if possible, and make sure to get it into all parts of his coat. Rinse him well. You may want to wash him with this recipe a couple of times, since skunk odor is notoriously hard to get rid of. Follow the bath with a rinse of water and distilled white vinegar to knock down the odor even more.

    About the Author

    Cindy Quarters has been writing professionally since 1984. She writes travel, pet, gardening and technical articles, with work published in "Radiance Magazine" and the "AKC Gazette," as well as online. Quarters earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Washington State University and a master's degree in management information systems from West Coast University.

    Photo Credits

    • Tom Brakefield/Stockbyte/Getty Images