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How to Get Skunk Smell off a Dog

Has your dog been skunked? Eliminate the odors by using these three techniques.


  • Step 1: Wash dog outside Wash your dog outside to prevent the odors from getting in your house. You don't want bigger problems than you already have.
  • Step 2: Use undiluted tomato juice Douse your dog with undiluted tomato juice to neutralize the smell; then give the dog a bath using a specially formulated skunk shampoo.
  • TIP: Use a sponge to get around the dog's face, ears, and eyes.
  • Step 3: Mix bath solution Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar, 1 teaspoon liquid soap, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide.
  • Step 4: Bathe dog Bathe your dog in this solution. Rinse it with water. Make sure to work the solution deep into its coat.
  • Step 5: Bathe in vinegar and water Bathe your dog in a solution made with equal parts vinegar and water. Bathe it again using 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water, followed by a rinse.
  • Step 6: Wear old clothes and gloves Wear gloves and old clothing when you bathe your dog. Soak your clothes overnight in undiluted vinegar to remove the smell. Good luck!
  • FACT: A striped skunk can spray up to 10 feet and the smell may linger for 1 1/2 miles.

You Will Need

  • Undiluted tomato juice
  • Specially-formulated skunk shampoo
  • Hose
  • White vinegar
  • Liquid soap
  • Baking soda
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Bucket
  • Gloves
  • Old clothes
  • Sponge (optional)

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