January 12, 2012

Better Than Tomato Juice Skunk Rinse Recipe


A few years ago, our sweet Golden returned from a romp in the yard reeking of skunk spray. Stressful enough, but we also had family visiting with little children. We deployed the traditional treatment of tomato juice, but Dr. Karen Becker claims it isn't nearly as effective as this easy recipe.

If skunks are hibernating where you are, you have plenty of time to stock up on the ingredients. Bookmark this post for quick access when it warms up in the spring, and they are out poking around for beetles.

Skunk Rinse Recipe


• 1 quart hydrogen peroxide -- 3% first aid antiseptic solution

• ¼ cup baking soda

• 2 teaspoons Dawn dishwashing liquid

If you have a larger breed dog like we do, you may need to double, triple or even quadruple the mixture depending on how much territory you need to cover.


Hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleaching agent, so wear old work clothes. You may also want to wear rubber gloves.

Mix up in a bucket and apply the solution to your pet's dry coat. Start from the collar and move back toward the tail. Keep it away from your pet's eyes because the hydrogen peroxide solution can burn them. After the dog has been bathed in this solution rinse him/her down with the hose.

Source: Better Than Tomato Juice as a Skunk | Huffington Post

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Recent Comments

Re: Dawn, you can actually use ANY liquid dishwashing detergent you have on hand. Be aware this will greatly diminish the smell but strips the pet's coat of moisture. Plan to followup with something like baby shampoo & a generous warm water rinse with bath oil & hair conditioner or a dap of lanolin added.

Posted by: essmom at December 3, 2013 5:35 PM
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