Critters are a fact of life on a homestead…
And not just the domesticated ones, but the wild ones too.
That includes coyotes, rattlesnakes, badgers, raccoon, porcupines, antelope with their babies, plenty of mice, and a couple of skunks.
We also have three very curious, very territorial dogs who are extremely interested in whomever and whatever may enter our place…
I don’t really even need to go on, do I?
My frugal nature, combined with the fact that I try to limit my shopping trips to no more than two per month, prompted me to search for a home remedy for treating “skunked” dogs…
And boy oh boy, did I hit the jackpot!
I’ve used commercial skunk shampoos in the past, but this simple recipe far surpasses them! And don’t even try to suggest the old “give them a tomato juice bath” wives tale… it doesn’t work.
It’s cheap, the products are most likely already in your cabinets, and it works wonderfully.
How to Natural De-Skunk a Dog
You will need:
- 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide (this is the kind you find in the first aid section of your average grocery store. It’s very cheap.)
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1-2 drops of liquid dish soap (optional)
- 2-3 drops lemon essential oil (optional–but adds extra deodorizing power)
- Rubber Gloves (optional, but highly recommended…)
Put on your gloves and gather everything you will need. Once you mix the ingredients, the solution must be used immediately, so there won’t be any time to go searching for the dog, etc!
I did this outside and tied the dog up to a post so my hands would be free. I also had a hose handy. I suppose you could do this in your bathtub if you had to, but I wouldn’t unless I was very desperate!
Mix together the peroxide, baking soda, and dish soap. Stir well and then quickly apply to the dry dog, being careful not to splash any in his eyes. Thoroughly work the solution in his coat. It should cover and permeate as much of the hair as possible.
Allow the dog to “soak” for around 5 minutes.
A chemical reaction is occurring which actually neutralizes the odor. This is why you must use it before the peroxide and soda are finished with their reaction. It can not be made ahead of time and stored.
After the waiting period, thoroughly rinse the dog with water.
You may have to repeat the process, but I only had to do it once and we were skunk free!
I hope you never have a need for this remedy on your homestead, but it might be a good idea to bookmark this post, just in case!
- 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
- ¼ cup Baking Soda
- Optional: 1-2 drops of liquid dish soap
- Optional: Rubber Gloves
- Gather supplies (including dog), and put gloves on because once mixed, the solution must be used immediately
- Choose your location: I did this outside tying dog to a post to free my hands with a hose handy, but a bathtub would work in a pinch
- Mix peroxide, baking soda, and dish soap
- Stir well and quickly apply to dry dog, avoiding eyes
- Thoroughly work into coat so it covers and permeates as much hair as possible
- Allow dog to “soak” 5 minutes as odors are neutralized by the chemical reaction
- Thoroughly rinse dog with water
- Repeat process if necessary (I only did it once and we were skunk free)