How to Get Skunk Smell Out of Dogs With Hydrogen Peroxide

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Get the skunk smell out of your dog with a hydrogen peroxide solution.
Get the skunk smell out of your dog with a hydrogen peroxide solution. (Image: dog image by Oleg Salamaha from Fotolia.com)

Dogs often confront skunks, even if they've been sprayed before. Skunk spray is pungent enough to cause nausea and may temporarily blind your dog if it gets in its eyes. The odor of skunk can linger on your pet's fur for days or weeks, and if a sprayed pet comes in to the house, your entire home will reek of skunk. However, you can quickly neutralize the smell of skunk with a solution of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and detergent.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 tsp. liquid detergent
  • Can or bowl
  • Spoon
  • Water
  • Towel

Mix the hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and liquid detergent together in a can, bowl or other open container. This solution releases oxygen gas, so don't put it in a sealed container.

Take your dog outside and bathe it thoroughly with the hydrogen peroxide solution, making sure the solution soaks completely through its fur. If you have a large dog, you may need to make several batches. Scrub your dog for 5 minutes.

Rinse your dog thoroughly with water and dry it with a towel.

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