The Chemistry Behind the Skunk Smell Remedy

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Reptiles, General Care

Paul Krebaum developed a skunk spray remedy from common household items through his knowledge of chemistry. Routinely used in the treatment of pets, his recipe is as follows:

  • 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon liquid soap (usually Dawn detergent is suggested)

Receptors in your nose are very sensitive to sulfur in a low oxidation state. These same receptors are not sensitive to sulfur in a high oxidation state.

How to Get Rid of that Skunk Stink

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, General Care

Although skunks are lovable animals, we all know they have a very specific odor, and it's generally not pleasant. What do you do when a skunk leaves its mark on your pet? A few standard household products will take care of it.

The standard home recipe for the elimination of skunk spray is as follows:

1 quart of hydrogen peroxide
½ cup baking soda
drop of liquid dish detergent

The resulting solution will foam. Wash the offending area with the solution and rinse clean with warm water. Make sure you do not get the solution in your pet’s eyes.

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