ONE VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS SOLUTION MUST BE USED IMMEDIATELY! NEVER EVER STORE IT BECAUSE IT IS VERY VOLATILE AND BUILDS UP PRESSURE IF PUT IN A CLOSED CONTAINER, THUS CAUSING IT TO EXPLODE! IT IS ABSOLUTELY SAFE TO USE, BUT THE HYDROGEN PYROXIDE PRODUCES A CHEMICAL REACTION WITH THE BAKING SODA! PLEASE BE SAFE! I MIXED MINE IN AN OPEN MOP BUCKET!
According to the article the solution works best when it is in within 1-2 hours after being sprayed. Skunk spray is actually an oil, so I figured good old fashioned Dawn would cut the oil best.
Quick chemistry lesson: It turns out that skunk spray consists of sulfur-containing chemicals called thiols, usually called mercaptans. The reason that I smelled garlic in the mix? Well, garlic contains thiols as well!:)
So wearing rubber gloves, I mixed my solution and scrubbed her down. It starts to smell slightly different when the peroxide hits the skunk spray and starts neutralizing it. She stayed VERY still throughout her bath, even though normally she tries to escape! After a good scrub down, I let her sit for 5 minutes! Soooooo after she sat I rinsed her thoroughly and TA DA: NO MORE SKUNK SMELL! Whew, I was absolutely relieved to say the least! If you find yourself in need of a de-skunk spray concoction, look no further than this officially tested recipe below!
1 quart of 3% hyrdrogen pyroxide
1/4 cup of baking soda(although you can increase this for a bigger dog/person, I actually used 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap which can also be increased to 1 tbsp(Since skunk spray is an oil, make sure to get a dish soap that is an excellent degreaser! I used the blue Dawn!)
NOTE: Since Daisy is a bigger dog, I doubled the recipe! I used 2 quarts of 3% hyrdrogen pyroxide, 1 cup of baking soda, and probably added too much soap(1/4 cup)!:)
1.) Wearing rubber gloves, mix all ingredients in an open container, such as a mop bucket! Use immediately! DO NOT STORE THIS MIXTURE IN A CLOSED CONTAINER!
2.) Using a washcloth, start scrubbing the mixture into your dogs fur, being careful to avoid the eyes and mouth! Let sit for 3-5 minutes, then rinse well! If this doesn't work then you might have to repeat, but I only had to do it once.
Daisy in a MUCH better mood after her bath!