You’ve just settled back into your camp chair to enjoy a moment of peace in the wilderness when….sniff, sniff…sniff, sniff…what in the world is that smell? Then out runs Fido, who apparently went to battle with a skunk—and lost.
Anyone who has had to deal with skunk stink on their dog knows how terrible it can be. Your nose burns while you try to wash the smell out and your canine companion is banned to the garage for weeks.
Here is a simple recipe for fighting skunk stink that is safe for pets, humans and the environment.
How it works:
Skunk spray is composed of thiols, the same compounds that produce the unpleasant aroma of rotten eggs. Thiols are acidic and not water-soluble, a combination that results in a substance that sticks to hair, fabric, skin, etc. and is difficult to wash off. The Polecat Perfume recipe reacts and oxidizes the thiols in skunk spray. Oxygen is added to the sulfur atoms of thiols in a chemical process converting the thiol molecules into sulfones and sulfoxides. These converted compounds become odorless and water soluble making the skunk spray easier to wash off.
1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon dish-washing detergent
Mixing the three ingredients creates an effervescing action that oxidizes and allows skunk spray to be washed away.
Things you will need:
1) 1/2 Gallon or larger bucket to mix the Polecat Perfume in.
2) Access to plenty of rinse water.
3) The will and compassion to get beyond the skunk smell and to know that things will be better in a few minutes.
1) Prepare a bucket for mixing the Polecat Perfume recipe as well as access to plenty of warm rinse water. An exceptionally dirty dog (muddy, oily, or otherwise) will require more Polecat Perfume. For best results wash your pet before application.
2) Mix the three components (3% hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and dish-washing detergent) together in the bucket. Important: mixing must take place in an open container. Any attempt to contain the activation could cause the container to burst due to the effervescing action of the three ingredients.
3) Immediately apply and work the mixture into the pets fur and any other items that may have come into contact with the skunk spray, collars, leashes, etc. The reaction created by mixing the components together lasts about three minutes. Allow the mixture to set on the item being washed, working it constantly into the fur for 7-10 minutes. Once you are satisfied with the wash, you will need to rinse the pet well. As with any shampoo, we recommend flushing the eyes with plenty of water if the mixture comes into contact.
4) Once the Polecat Perfume is thoroughly rinsed away, carrying the skunk odor with it, a good wash with dog shampoo and rinse will complete the task.