Essential Oils For Skunk Smell On Dog
Your dog just got sprayed by a skunk! We are at that time of year again when our canine companions and those odoriferous skunks are coming in contact. Never a pleasant situation for anyone involved. Although time is the only way to totally rid our pets and homes of the skunk aroma we can use some natural solutions and our essential oils for skunk smell to help speed up the process.
Our go to first step in de-skunking our canine companions is a tomato juice or brewed coffee bath – just pour tomato juice or cool coffee all over your dog. Rub in (make sure to wear gloves and old clothes). Let it set as long as is possible then rinse with tepid water.
De-Skunk your Dog Recipe
The recipe below was suggested to us and has been recommended by many sources.
- 1 quart hydrogen peroxide
- 1/4 C baking soda
- 1 tsp liquid laundry soap or dish washing detergent
CAUTION: Although all of the ingredients are harmless in nature they will create a chemical reaction that could explode a closed container. Mix this solution and then use it immediately – DO NOT store!
The first two ingredients, are alkaline which chemically change the skunk essence into an odorless chemical. The soap breaks down the oily molecules from the skunk secretion.
Remember with the hydrogen peroxide the solution will get bubbly, spray the dogs with the mixture and then hose them off. Use a cloth dipped in the solution to wipe your dogs face, then another clean wet cloth to wipe the solution off. Be very careful to not get ANY solution or rinsing water into the dogs eyes. Repeat a couple of times.
Dog Shampoo using essential oils for skunk smell
This recipe uses our favorite essential oils for skunk smell
- 15 drops total essential oil:
Lavender Lavandula angustifolia
Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia
Peppermint Mentha piperita
use individually or blend
- 8 oz. gentle dog shampoo
- Mix together and shampoo your dog as usual
Essential oils for skunk smell in the home
For the smell in the house, I would suggest Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus, Cypress Cupressus semervirens, Pine Pinus sylvestris, Peppermint. They can be blended and mixed with some water, shake and spritz, keep spritzing.
Suggestion: Add about 25 drops total essential oil to 1 oz. spritzer bottle then add water.
Another suggestion that we have not tried is vinegar. I have a friend who puts some vinegar in a few small bowls around the house to absorb the smell. Then throws out the vinegar after about a day. You can also pick your favorite essential oil or blend and put several drops on cotton balls and place around your home. Refresh and replace as needed.
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