Skunk Smell

Skunk Smell: How to fix it in 30 minutes for $5!

Hey National,

Hope everyone had a great week.

This past Saturday my roommate's dog, Fox, had a showdown with a skunk! Fox lost. Ha ha. We were watching a movie when all of the sudden we heard a horrible shriek and almost instantly smelled the WORST smell ever! Skunkasaurus Rex and Peppy Le Pew had sprayed the dog!               

What does one do at 1am when your dog smells like death and you have no experience? Glad you asked. This post will answer that question for you and prepare you for Operation Stinky.


After a quick Google search, "Dog and Skunk Smell," we found the following protocol that worked and only cost $5 and about 30 minutes to complete! 

Step 1: Go to grocery store and buy:

  • 2 pints of Hydrogen Peroxide ($3)
  • 1/3 cup baking soda ($1)
  • 4 teaspoons of Dawn ($1)

Step 2: Mix in a bucket with old sponge.

Step 3: Vigorously rub mixture into dog's coat (OUTSIDE! Never let the dog inside!).

Step 4: Let sit for 4 minutes.

Step 5: Use a hose to wash off concoction.

Step 6: Repeat steps 3-5 until dog doesn't smell anymore.

Step 7: Use old towel and dry off dog.

You're DONE! 30 minutes! It took us 3 times to get the smell out and the dog was really obedient, which helped us try to keep it out of his eyes so it didn't burn!

Note 1: Fox didn't smell for a day but for some reason the following day, after brushing his coat he started smelling a bit again. So another application and he was as good as new!

Note 2: Do this as soon as possible--the longer the skunk's chemical exposure to the dog, the harder it is to get out of the coat!

Hope this will help in the event this unfortunate thing happens to your doggy! (or child!)