Skunk Stuff

Dear Liz – In preparation for this spring and “skunk season” I tried to find that recipe you had but can’t.  Can you re-publish it?  I don’t want to be looking for it when it’s REALLY needed!


Smelly in Southington

Dear Smelly – Can you believe it?  The skunks are ALREADY out there!  Might just be me but it seems way too early for this to be happening.

But in any case, here’s the recipe – compliments of Drs. Foster & Smith magazine…

1 quart, 3% hydrogen peroxide

¼ cup baking soda

1 teaspoon liquid soap (I love Dawn!)

Double for bigger breeds

Wet your pet down and work the mixture through the pet’s hair.  Leave on for three to four minutes and rinse.

Be SURE to throw away any unused mixture.

Now, how to avoid issues in the first place?  Before you let your dog out (cats seem to be SO much smarter when it comes to skunks!!), make loud noises before you let Fido out (clap, yell).  Skunks, I am told, actually LIKE the sound of human voices but I’m sure a loud noise will at least get them moving.

And if you’ve found that a skunk has taken up residence under your porch, try loud rock music!  Using something like moth balls can be dangerous as they’re poisonous and pets can find them and eat them as well.

If you block off the underneath of your porch but are not sure the skunk has left (they do leave a smell in the area), try leaving one, small area, open.  Put flour or some sort of powder in front of that area.  When you see the footprints coming OUT from underneath, you’ll know the skunk has left and you can block the rest of that area off.

Now, if you have or know of another recipe that works (or if you’ve tried this one and like it) for

de-skunking your pet, let me know!  I’m always on the lookout for good info that can help others.


One Response

  1. This mixture is also great to use on any pet stains and smells on furniture. We used it for an accident on our couch..eliminated the odor and saved the furniture.

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