Dog Days of Summer: A Natural Remedy for Skunk Odor

Posted by – July 08, 2016
Categories: Health & Healing

Summer is a great time to be a dog—more daylight means more time outside for walks and other adventures. In case your adventures happen to be in an area that is visited by skunks, below is a great recipe from Lew Olson for getting rid of skunk odor. I sure hope no one needs to use it!

Recipe for Getting Rid of Skunk Odor


  • 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid soap


When mixed together, the ingredients in this recipe form an alkaline peroxide. This chemically changes the skunk essence into sulfuric acid, which is a completely odorless chemical. The soap helps break down the skunk essence making it more susceptible to the other chemical. Mix the ingredients in an open plastic or stainless steel container and bathe the animal in the solution. Rinse well and repeat if necessary. This mixture is rather volatile, so do not store this mixture or the jug will explode. Make up this recipe only when you need it and dispose of any remaining mixture after you are done using it.

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After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2007, Julia was delighted to find out that “professional book recommender” was a job. She has been working in marketing and publicity with independent Bay Area publishers ever since. She joined North Atlantic Books in 2014. She lives with her husband and two very nice cats in Oakland.