Skunk Funk

First day of spring! It’s still a little chilly in the mornings here in Maine but looking forward to when that’s over and you can go out the door at sunrise with the dogs without wearing a puffy winter coat. We have welcomed a couple warm spring like mornings already here in Maine. But with warm spring like weather comes the inevitable. A couple mornings when I have gone out with the dogs I was hit with the distinct, pungent, skunk smell. It got me thinking, I better make sure I have all the supplies needed in the event we actually meet the skunk. This DIY recipe is the best one out there.

In an OPEN container mix the following:

  • 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (check expiration date)

  • 1/4 cup of baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon of a liquid dish detergent, such as Dawn

Rub into the dog’s fur focusing on the areas where it is the strongest. Allow to sit for a few minutes and then rinse out. Repeat as needed to completely remove the smell. DO NOT store this solution, discard after use as the reaction between the peroxide and soda can cause an explosion if put in a closed container.

Hopefully we won’t have to use this but it’s always good to keep it all on hand.