Skunkiness eradication

I remember always hearing about the tomato juice bath for removing skunk stench, although no one said it worked very well. Now, here’s the modern version of skunk smell removal treatment:

  • 1 quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid detergent

Mix and bathe affected person or pet for about five minutes. Rinse with plain water. Repeat if necessary. Don’t keep this mixture around; instead mix fresh when needed. Caution:

It may result in bleaching…“I have heard of one black Labrador retriever that was chocolate colored after this treatment.�?

Maybe it also works to get the grey out?

Rejected idea: skunk cabbage as photo of the day—instead, poke berries.


  1. mouse's moom says:

    Baking soda? check
    Liquid detergent? check (that is, unless Froggy has been into it)
    Peroxide? Hmmm, better put that on the list.

    It is skunk season again. Not that it ever *isn’t* skunk season. But at this time of year, I walk in the dark in the morning. I better pick up some of that peroxide soon. Wouldn’t wanta have to go into the Westgate Kroger *smelling* like skunk!

  2. Sammy says:

    Might make some new “friends” that way! But, keep Froggy safe; skunks like frogs (in the terminal way)….

  3. mouse's moom says:

    Is that right? I guess I thought they were vegetarian. Based on absolutely no factual evidence whatsoever, of course.

  4. Sammy says:

    Skunks are true omnivorous mammals; active night feeders that will consume insects, rodents, frogs, crayfish, bird eggs and nestlings, carrion, plus fruit, berries, and other plant material.

    —from seemingly well-informed website

  5. mouse's moom says:

    Fascinating! I especially liked this line:

    “When threatened they can spray a foul-smelling musk from their anal glands.”

    Duh! Also liked the bit about how they meander along, not having to move very fast. I am well aware of that!

    Thanks for the link!