Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Skunks are on the move: Here's a recipe for odor remover

Friends are telling me stories of skunk encounters - and calling to ask what I use to get rid of that horrible smell!

Years ago we used tomato juice - had to keep several cans on hand, just in case. Now I have a remedy that works better and is much easier to rinse out!

Start with dishwashing soap - the recipe originally given to me called for Ivory, but others have said Dawn. I'm not sure the brand really matters. Pour 1/4 cup or so into your bucket, then add about the same amount of baking soda, and about a half cup of hydrogen peroxide. Add warm water about half way up the bucket, then start scrubbing.

Be careful around the eyes - this would sting!

Go first for the spot that got the brunt of the blast - it will make it easier for you to breathe and get the job done if you calm that down first. Using a rag or a sponge, lather the whole dog and work it into the hair. Then rinse thoroughly. If you want, you can go ahead and use some doggie shampoo to help remove the residue.

If you have anything but a faint lingering odor when you've finished, you missed a spot. By the time Rover is dry you probably won't notice the smell, but when he gets wet again you might be reminded of the fun you had.

I then recommend having a good heart-to-heart talk with that dog, explaining that those black and white "cats" are not good to play with. But... he probably won't listen. Dogs just have to investigate strangers in their yards.

If you're having a persistent problem, go rake up all the fallen fruit from your trees (and put where they can't get to it) and bring any dog food, etc. in the house at night. They aren't there with the intention of attacking your dogs - they're just looking for good-tasting tidbits.

Wishing you no need for this recipe!


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