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Homemade Skunk-Odor Remedy for Dogs (and Things)

A quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and 1 tablespoon of dawn or other liquid dish soap (gentler detergents are actually preferable). Peroxide is something that neutralizes the compounds in skunk odor (or something like that), and dawn cuts the oil in the skunk spray.

Mix all three together and sponge the mixture over your dog, especially the affected area, taking great care to not get any into her eyes, mouth, ears, nose, or any wounds. Rub the liquid into her fur and leave it in for 5 minutes. Rinse the dog thoroughly with water. And that’s that!

Don’t forget that collar! Ask me how I know.

A few words of precaution:

1. Use a brand-new bottle of peroxide, since an open bottle in your cupboard tends to lose its potency over time.

2. Only mix this immediately prior to using. Since the mixture releases oxygen, it loses its efficacy fast.

3. Do not store this mixture – and do not keep it in a covered container, as it might explode due to the gas build-up. Pour the excess down the drain, followed by a bunch of water.

4. Wear rubber (or latex) gloves! The mixture will irritate your bare skin, and skunk odor is a bitch.

No pun intended.

5. Take great care to NOT get any into your dog’s eyes, ears, mouth, nose, or on any wounds, as it may cause an irritation.

6. Do NOT substitute the baking soda in the recipe for anything else – especially not washing soda. Washing soda is caustic and can cause burns.

The mixture can be used on other things, like upholstery (which I didn’t have to do, thank God), but remember that it could cause bleaching.

One more thing – the quicker you get to it, the better, as time is of the essence here.