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De-Skunking Solution-Shampoo & Rinse for Skunk Victims

Skunk smell remover

To the backyard chicken-keeper, skunks are pests, disease-carriers, feed-thieves and killers. As we all know, they also boast a
unique defense mechanism that has the ability to continue to offend its victims for days or weeks: the stink factor. My neighbor, "Miss Sarah," as my daughters call her, has a beautiful Akbash farm dog named Peanut, who recently had the misfortune of meeting the south-bound end of a north-bound skunk- face first. 

Skunk smell remover 2

The mention of this skunk encounter on my Facebook page prompted the sharing of a 'recipe' for a de-skunking solution by Shelly W. Several others, seasoned dog groomers included, vouched for its effectiveness and contributed tips that I now invite you to keep handy in the event you should ever need it.

  Skunk Smell Removal Solution

De-Skunking Shampoo  

1quart hydrogen peroxide
1 Tablespoon baking soda
1Tablespoon Dawn dish detergent
2 quarts warm water.

Mix all ingredients well. Work the solution into the pet's fur, hair, skin, feathers, whatever, thoroughly for at least five minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water. Repeat if necessary. Follow-up with De-Skunking Rinse.

De-Skunking Rinse 

Mix a solution of 9 parts water to 1 part white vinegar. Rinse the pet with this solution. Do NOT rinse.


Shampoo should be mixed prior to each use, never mixed and stored.

Shampoo is drying to the skin. May require follow-up with a leave-in conditioner. 

May bleach fur. 

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kathy mormino
7/18/2012 1:51:33 AM

Yikes, talk about upping the ante! Glad to know it worked and you could get back to your card game. :)

melissa hendrix
7/17/2012 6:39:29 PM

I use to buy a shampoo for dogs that was a green apple scent and one time my dogs were sprayed by a skunk and came in the house before we knew it during a friendly poker game...LOL. The shampoo worked. I also know that tomato juice would work too. They both have a citrus acid in them and get rid of odors.

kathy mormino
6/27/2012 1:56:51 AM

Whatever works, Beth!

6/22/2012 11:14:52 PM

We keep gallons of tomato juice on hand as this works well for de-skunking an animal or human.

kathy mormino
6/22/2012 4:48:00 PM

Great to know, David and sorry you've had to find that out! LOL

david clausen
6/22/2012 4:00:43 PM

We have used this solution a number of times and it really does work!

kathy mormino
6/20/2012 4:31:27 AM

Jone, the dog in this blog post was sprayed directly in the face. :(

jone betts
6/19/2012 6:28:02 PM

This really does work, but be careful to NOT get it in the dogs eyes or mouth. Use a washcloth or rag to gently wipe these areas down.