How Do I Remove Skunk Smell?

A cute pug dog wrapped in towel after being sprayed by a skunk.

When You Need to Remove Skunk Smell

You hear your dog barking frantically in the backyard.

You open the door to see what’s going on, and it hits you in the face like a steel shovel.



Just what is skunk spray?

Skunks have two glands on each side of the anus, similar to dog anal glands, called anal scent glands.

Skunk anal scent glands produce oily sulfur-containing chemicals that create a nauseating odor.

Believe it or not, skunks can spray a distance of fifteen feet or more!

Skunk spray can be very difficult to remove from fur if you use the wrong products.

Fortunately, we have a do-it-yourself recipe that provides a quick way to eliminate skunk spray.

Recipe to Remove Skunk Smell

Below is a list of ingredients you’ll need to remove the skunk smell.

  • 1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1/4 cup of baking soda
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of Dawn dish soap


  1. Mix all of the above ingredients in a plastic bottle or bowl. (The treatment will be thick like a paste.)
  2. Wipe your dog down with clean towels and remove as much skunk spray as possible.
  3. Place your dog in a bathtub.
  4. Completely wet your dog’s fur.
  5. Dowse your dog with the homemade skunk spray remover.
  6. Lather well.
  7. Leave the remover in your dog’s fur for 10 minutes, then rinse well.

If your dog retains a lingering odor after the above treatment, repeat the process. There are several homemade remedies for certain health issues for your pet, and you can find some helpful tips readily available on our blog.

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