How to Remove Skunk Odor on Dogs


I assume that since you are looking for information on how to remove skunk odor from dogs, your house is filled with the pungent smell of skunk.

Believe me, I sympathize with you!

That smell, which burns your lungs and bring tears to your eyes is incredibly difficult to be around. You can only pray that your dog doesn’t make the same mistake again.

Don’t worry, you are in the right place. Mrs. Clean knows just the right steps you can take to remove skunk odors quickly and easily.

First Things First:

Put some old clothes and gloves if you have them. Gather some paper towels or an old rag or towel that is absorbent that you don’t mind throwing away. Start wiping down your dog, absorbing as much of the skunk spray as possible. Skunk spray is oily and is resistant to removing in water, so it’ll be easier in the long run to get as much of the concentrated spray off first.

Homemade Skunk Odor Remover:

If you want to make your own odor removal recipe to bath your dog, you most likely already have these products on hand.

This cleaning solution should be mixed and used when needed. It is not meant to sit for days.

  • 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide (from drug store)
  • 1/4 cup of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent

Mix ingredients thoroughly and rub the odor remover into your dog’s towel dried coat. Be careful to keep the solution out of the dog’s eyes. Let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water and then shampoo as normal. Repeat if necessary.

Skunk Odor Removers:

These products use microbes and enzymes to naturally remove the smell from your pet. If you live in an area where skunks make a habit of showing themselves, you might just want to purchase an odor eliminator to keep in the house for those midnight skunk attacks.

Earths Balance – Skunk Free:

This skunk odor eliminator is odorless, safe, and won’t hurt your dog’s eyes or ears. This solution will eliminate offensive odors. The microbes in Earths Balance breaks down the biological matter in the skunk spray.

Skunk Off:

This Product comes as a soaker, spray and shampoo. I like it because it works. But most importantly because it’s tearless, which is important when you are shampooing your dog’s face.

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