photo credit: Rosa Pomar
It was a little after 1 in the morning when Johan bounded out of bed, raising the roof with foul language. I woke up and as I was saying “what’s going on?” The smell hit me. My brain hadn’t woken up yet and I couldn’t place the foul smell, but it was familiar. Then Johan asked the million dollar question “did those dogs bring a skunk in the house?”
I froze, then I bolted into action. We became a well oiled machine. Johan went directly to the garage and I booted up the computer. By the time he reported that Rodrigo had been sprayed by a skunk, I had the recipe.
Homemade Skunk Smell Removal Shampoo
1 quart of hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup of baking soda
1 teaspoon of grease cutting dish detergent
The amount differs in the video below; above is what we used.
The fallout of a skunk smell…
Kong Dog Beds
We had to burn the dog beds, because Rodrigo rolled on them trying to get the spray off his face. We started buying Kong, because they’re the only ones he won’t tear up.
We never went back to bed. We finished cleaning up everything by 3:30 in the morning, showered, dressed, and went to work. I was a zombie until noon when I gave up and went back home and gave Rodrigo a third bath.
I found a site that recommended bringing Apple Cider Vinegar to a light boil to get rid of the smell in the house. We accidentally got it too hot (damn gas stove), but burnt apple cider vinegar is better than skunk on any day.
2 Months Later
Although the majority of the skunk smell was neutralized, it would still come back if you smelled poor Rigo’s nose – especially after a rain or a bath. What finally seemed to get ride of that faint trace of skunk smell was when Rigo rolled around on a decaying salmon. That did it.
Sydney stayed as far away from the skunk and Rodrigo as possible and managed to avoid the spray. Good girl!