De-Skunk Your Dog w logo
Even though we hope it will never happen, it inevitably will, especially if you live out in the country.  Every homesteader dreads a possible encounter with a stripped cat.  Nobody likes to get skunked!

It was late and I was ready to call it a night.  The bed and warm covers were calling my name.  I relished the thought of the sleep that was to come.  I made the rounds to check on sleeping kids and to check doors.  As I stepped into the breezeway I pulled open the sliding door to call in our two farm dogs.

It only took a moment for it to hit me.  The obvious smell of a skunk.  With a groan I realized that the possibility of one of our dogs being sprayed was high.

As I called the dogs to the door, both came running, vying to see who would make it to the door first.  As I bent to grab their collars, the distinct odor of skunk assaulted my nose.  Sure enough, our youngest pup had gotten sprayed.  I guess 1 out of 2 is better than both being sprayed.  But seriously? De-skunking a dog at this hour was not on my agenda.

As late as it was I decided that the pup would be relegated to the garage to “air out.” Maybe, by some miracle, the smell would be gone the next day.

Ok… that didn’t happen. She still stunk as bad as when she had gotten sprayed.  It was time to pull out the de-skunking recipe I had heard great things about it and I just prayed it would do the trick.

Imagine my utter delight that after bathing our skunked dog, she smelled…well, she smelled like a “just shampooed” dog.  No skunk smell was left.

To say I am sold on this recipe is an understatement. Now, I will say that I don’t think Bailey (our dog) got sprayed straight on.  I think she got more sideswiped than anything.  So, if your dog gets sprayed fully, you may need to repeat this process a few times.  My hope is that you will never experience a skunked dog, but you probably will as some point along the way.  Better to be safe than sorry in that moment.

Skunk Recipe w logoThe Recipe

  • 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda
  • 3-4 drops of liquid dish soap (I use Dawn)
  • 2-4 drops lemon or orange essential oil.  For me, this was a key ingredient because it really made her smell wonderful)
  • Rubber Gloves (Optional)
  • Bucket

The key to this recipe is gathering ALL your items.  Including the dog! Once you mix the ingredients, the solution needs to be used immediately.  The Hydrogen Peroxide activates with the Baking Soda.  This activation is a big part of what helps nix the skunk smell.

Once you have applied the solution, let it sit on your dogs coat, then work in thoroughly.  Add water and continue to work into the dogs coat until washed thoroughly.  Rinse dog well with water.

As I said above, you may need to repeat the recipe if your dog was sprayed fully.

Hopefully you will never need to use this recipe, but if you do, make sure to Pin or Print it out for later.

What questions do you have? What other kind of essential oil (or ingredient) would your recommend.  Do you have a “skunked” story?  Tell us about it in the comments. 

Keeping Is Simple,


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