Submitted to Recipe Goldmine by Jay S. Tung, Elan Pharmaceuticals, 800 Gateway Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080
Here is an "improved" skunk odor remover given to me by a vet. I noticed that you have a skunk odor remover for dogs. I have tried both of these and they work OK but there is still a residual amount of skunk odor on the animals, and with this bit of smell the dogs cannot come inside.
1 bottle hydrogen peroxide
1/2 bottle water
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon dog shampoo
Mix hydrogen peroxide with water. Add baking soda and dog shampoo. Mix and pour into a squirt bottle/sprayer. Spray entire bottle onto dog, being careful not to get it directly into his eyes/nose. Let everything stand for 5 to 10 minutes while working the solution into his fur. Rinse......your dog will have NO odor. You can have him sit on your lap and you will not smell ANYTHING.
Note: Vinegar and tomato juice are acidic solutions which can solubilize and wash away the stinky components of the skunk. However you can never really wash away 100% of the stench which is a sulfur containing compound. The peroxide oxidizes the sulfur (thiols) to a compound that has no odor.
I just had to write you to tell you that your recipe for getting rid of skunk odor on dogs really works! My dog got hit about 9:00 p.m. last night as we were on our evening walk. I wasn't sure what it was. He was literally foaming at the mouth and licking his lips and slobbering like mad. Fortunately, he only got hit in the face - not his whole body. No odor at all now, except on his breath, and I don't know what to do about that.
I tried to call the vet, but no answer; so your recipe which is made of things everyone has around the house was truly wonderful. After I sprayed the dog, rinsed him, and toweled him dry, I did the same thing to myself!
Thanks so much!
Jane Finley, Pagosa Springs, Colorado - 8/4/03
I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful recipe for skunk odor. Our dog (80 pound Pit Bull) also was hit with skunk spray tonight at 10:30 pm. I happened to be on the computer and found your site quick. Jumped in the car, ran to the grocery store and mixed up your antidote. My dog also was foaming at the mouth and the odor was so bad you could taste it. I followed your directions and used to blow dryer to dry him. He was so happy to smell better he laid down on the floor and let me dry his fur. He is now curled up on the foot of my bed smelling sweet. God bless you!
Diane Hopkins, Roanoke Virginia