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Skunk Odour Remover Recipe:


For a larger dog:

 

4 cups Hydrogen Peroxide

1/4 cup baking soda

1 tbsp to 1/4 cup liquid dish soap


 

For a smaller dog or spot use:

 

1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide

1 tbsp baking soda

1 tsp of liquid dish soap


 

Once this mixture is GENTLY stirred together, it will begin to foam up.  Use a sponge and apply it to the animal (or article you're trying to remove the odour from).  When working around the face or eyes of ANY animal, do not get this in their eyes.  Apply it by gently and carefully patting it on those areas with a sponge that you've gently wrung out in order to avoid getting it in the eyes. 

 

LEAVE IT ON FOR FIVE MINUTES.

 

You may see some baking soda on the animal but that's ok.  Then rinse off with water and allow the animal (or article) to dry. 

 

The above mixture must be used immediately and cannot be mixed in advance or stored after mixing, as it is chemically unstable. 

 

Removes the smell - for good.

 

 May lighten the fur of black dogs, but it's a small price to pay for not smelling.

 

Remedies such as tomato juice or Massengil douches (vinegar based) are not chemically able to break down the thiol in skunk spray.  They simply mask the odour - temporarily but do not actually remove or dissolve the thiol.  As soon as your dog gets slightly damp again, the smell returns because it hasn't actually been removed.  This mixture does remove it permanently. 

 

Items made of leather, e.g. gloves, etc., are much more difficult to remove the thiol from.  This also works on vehicle tires etc.  Use cautiously on certain types of clothing however, as the peroxide may leave a bleached out stain.  Test first in an inconspicuous area.


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