How to Get Rid of Skunk Odor!

Little guys like this one have trouble holding on to their spray, and even a successful relocation could involve some cleanup.

Little guys like this one have trouble holding on to their spray, and even a successful relocation could involve some cleanup.

How to Get Rid of Skunk Odor!

Here’s a simple skunk deodorizing solution that works great at removing odors from all most any surface. It doesn’t matter if your dog comes home after romping in the woods, there was some roadkill right at the end of your driveway, or perhaps you accidentally startled one and got sprayed yourself. The formula was developed by chemist Paul Krebaum. The initial intention of his recipe was for neutralizing hydrogen sulfide compounds(the rotten egg smell), that had been produced in the lab. It’s those same sulfur compounds that give skunk spray its magnificent punch. You can get deeper into the chemistry from Pauls own site. Thankfully, you don’t have to know how it works at the molecular level unless you really want to. Just know for now that it does work very well! So here you go:


-1 Quart (32oz) 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. It’s sold in a brown bottle, you probably have some in your medicine cabinet.

-1/4 cup Baking Soda.

-1 to 2 teaspoons liquid dish soap. I often just use a nice squirt.

Mix all the ingredients together. The solution will react and foam up a little bit, but nothing as severe as the vinegar and baking soda volcanoes we made in little school. Pour the solution over your pet, or any surface that has been sprayed. Keep the solution out of the pets eyes! Allow the solution to work for a few minutes, it’ll bubble and react where it comes in contact with skunk essence. Then rinse it all away with some warm water. That’s it!


-The solution has to come into contact with the skunk spray to be effective. As such, it isn’t very effective at neutralizing the air. I’ve tried placing the solution in squirt bottles several times for deodorizing the inside of the car. It works fairly well, but the sprayer can get clogged with baking soda that hasn’t fully dissolved in the solution.

-After drying, some of the baking soda that didn’t react seems to come out of solution and will leave a coating of baking soda dust on wherever it was sprayed. It’s a small price to pay, considering the alternative is dealing with skunk spray.

So there you have it. This solution isn’t 100%, you’ll likely still have a small trace of skunk depending on the strength and severity of the spray. However, compared to tomato juice and other gimmicks, you’ll be far happier and smelling flowers in no time with this solution. Be sure to let us know how it works out for you!

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  • Jay Otis

    I hope I never have to use the recipe, but thanks in case I do.

    • randy

      When you need it, and don’t have it, you sing a different tune! Hope it helps if you ever do need it. Good luck.

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