Homemade Skunk Smell Remover…that REALLY works!!!!

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Homemade Skunk Smell Remover that REALLY works! – Skunk Odor Removal

This homemade skunk smell remover is an easy recipe to make to remove skunk odor and it really works! It uses common ingredients all of us have on hand!

Homemade Skunk Smell Remover…that REALLY works!!!!

When I say we have included almost every kind of recipe in the Dining on a Dime Cookbook, I’m not joking! We’ve even included a really good and easy homemade skunk smell remover recipe, which actually works. It’s amazing how easily dogs get into mischief and get sprayed by a skunk. Maybe someone in your family stumbled across a skunk and now you want to remove the skunk odor. This recipe will definitely do the trick!

I thought with summer here and with many of us spending more and more time outside some of you might end up needing a good skunk smell remover! It might even be wise to take the ingredients with you on your picnics or camping trips, although these are basic ingredients and you may have them with you anyway.

My neighbor has a cabin by a lake and had to use this recipe about four times last year alone when a skunk made a nest under her porch. Each time she uses this homemade skunk smell remover she gets excited and calls me to let me know how great it worked once again. We hear people say over and over again how great this recipe and that it REALLY works!

Just for the record, things like tomato juice, vinegar, spraying with lemon, citrus, perfume or Febreze almost never work as skunk smell removers. If you don’t want to use the peroxide recipe you can soak down the person or animal with vinegar and dishsoap but this doesn’t work nearly as well as the skunk odor remover and honestly who wants to smell that skunk stink for days on end!


Skunk Smell Remover Recipe

1 quart hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
1 tsp. dish detergent

Sponge on and let dry. Safe for use on cats and dogs. If you need to double or triple this recipe you can easily do it. Do not use on clothes.



  1. Grizzly Bear Mom says

    Thanks for this! Our Irish Settle Ginger got sprayed and everytime one of us came home that day we gave her a bath. Poor der got 4 baths that day and still stank! Regular baths don’t remove skunk. You need something with acid like tomato juice or this recipe.

  2. Debbie says

    We used this on our dog 2 summers ago (at lease 3 times). It really works great!!! Nothing else we used work as good as this recipe does. Always keep the stuff on hand.

  3. Tricia Kolsto says

    Thank you so much. Our dogs found a skunk a couple of months of go and the vet was sold out of skunk smell remover so we ended up having to take them to a groomers (200.00 later) :( Here is hoping we don’t have to use it!!

  4. Peri says

    I have used this a number of times on my feisty little yorkie. Works like a charm! However, make sure you do not get it in their eyes…..it works by a chemical reaction of the ingredients and will severly burn their eyes. “Quincy” was left with a faint smell on his face, but other than that it totally removed the smell………..he even slept with me that night because it removed it so well.

    • crystal says

      yes it does work to get rid of puppy pee pee. my used it to get rid of dog urine, coffee stain, juice stain, soda stain and many other stains on her white carpet. just saturate the stain and let it dry. then vaccume the area where you put it.

  5. Cathy P says

    This recipe works great! We had to use it on our German Shepherd a couple of summers ago. She also got in to our breezeway area after being sprayed by the skunk and the smell was horrible. Used this recipe to wash down the walls and the smell was gone! Hope we never have to use it again but at least we know what to do now! :)

  6. Melinda says

    Yes. It does work VERY well. Our dog loves to track animals, especially skunks!! We have used this “recipe” many many times. There usually still is a faint skunky smell but nothing like before we treat him. Also, I have found that Dawn dish soap works the best!

    • Jeanne T. says

      Yes, Dawn is the best. Whenever there are oil spills, it’s what is used to remove the oil. Skunk spray is oily, which is why it is so hard to get rid of the smell.

  7. Ginny says

    Wished I would have had this recipes years ago. We had a golden retriever who loved his skunks. Unfortunely, they didn’t love him. No matter how much we paid for remover…he still smelled everytime he got wet. If any of you have had a retriever you know that was often ! Thank you so much for this information.

  8. Chris says

    I was told once by a friend to brew coffee and wash the dog in that after it cooled. When one of my dogs did get into a skunk, we did that and it did help. It also helps get rid of the smell in the air and on the furniture when the dog rushes in and wipes their face on the couch to get the smell off of them. Experience.

  9. Joyce says

    We were camped at Ft. Davis, in West Texas.
    I fed our dog and went in to put on the coffee, so we could sit out and watch the stars in the clear sky…away from lights.
    I heard a commotion….utho..
    She had not eaten quite all of her food, and a skunk came up…trying to finish it..She chased it…and ..yep, got sprayed.
    My husband poured a liter of coke over her, rubbed it in… Then, rinsed her with water and toweled dried her. He covered her, and put her in the camper for the night.

    She did not smell, except when she exhaled, for several weeks…Poor dog…

    • Jeanne T. says

      When our dog got sprayed he continued to chase after the skunk. It was early in the morning, about 6am, so it was still dark, but I could hear our dog rustling in the leaves and “snorting” (I think he got sprayed in the face). He was SO stubborn and would not come back at first. Then he realized he was being bad; I probably woke up the whole neighborhood screaming at him. LOL!

  10. Marcia says

    Our dear departed dog Sadie got sprayed by a skunk a few years ago and it was not a good experience for either her or us! Now we have Mia and since it is spring we need to be prepared just in case. We found that Dawn dishwashing detergent works the best out of any other dishwashing liquid and hydrogen peroxide and baking soda worked well in tandem with them. Keep them on hand but separately don’t mix this up ahead of time!

    • Jeanne T. says


      I also use Dawn dish detergent, specifically, because it is what is used to clean birds and animals in an oil spill. Also, our our vet recommended it as well. If you have dogs these three ingredients should be readily handy!

      Our dog had an encounter with a skunk early one morning late last summer; I ended up having to stay home from work because I wouldn’t let him in the house. I cleaned him several times and had to go to the grocery store to get more hydrogen peroxide. I probably didn’t need to clean him so many times, but I just wanted to be sure.

    • says

      You learn something new every day. I didn’t know you didn’t have skunks in England. Boy I bet our first colonists had the shock of their lives when they ran into one when they first landed here. :)

  11. crystal says

    this recipe also works really well on stains. my mom sprayed a generouse amount on a stain on her carpet from coffee and dog urine and it lifted the stain almost emediately.

  12. TMK says

    A couple of months ago I moved to a more rural area here in SoCal. Our back yard is frequented by possums, and by skunks. My big German Shepherd dog takes exception to their incursions and makes it a point to tell them so. The possums wisely make for the nearest fence when the door to the back yard is opened after dark. The skunks, of course, fire a salvo at my dog before waddling away. The big problem is they may have a den under the shed in the lower half of the back yard; at any rate, skunks are regular visitors to this neighborhood and the local pet groomers make a decent living off of the owners of skunked dogs. Last night my dog had, yet another, close encounter of the stinky kind, so today I Googled for “homemade skunk odor remover” and I found your recipe. I only had a pint of hydrogen peroxide on hand, so I made up 1/2 the recipe, which was plenty because the skunk spray generally gets my dug more strongly around the face, top of his head and neck, and the top of his back only gets misted with “Parfum Puant.” Even before I finished sponging the concoction onto my dogs face and top of his head, the odor began to dissipate! I just checked him to see how if his fur has dried and, aside from missing the inside of one ear, this recipe effectively negated the skunk spray. I am not easily impressed, but this recipe impresses me! So grateful you shared it and I’m going to pass it along to my friends and family. Thank you!!

    • says

      So glad it worked for you. So many are shocked that it works because they have tried so many things that haven’t. This is one homemade recipe that actually works – thank goodness. : )

  13. TMK says

    P.S. I forgot to ask, what do you do once the skunk odor removing solution is dry? Should it be rinsed off with water, should the dog be shampooed, or should the dry residue be vacuumed from the dog’s fur? Please advise what the follow-up should be – it would be very helpful to have this information! Thanks again!

    • says

      No you don’t rinse it off or any thing. Usually they run around rubbing on the ground like the do sometimes when they are wet so I can’t help but think that helps with getting rid of the smell and all too so don’t rinse. Don’t need to vacuum either.

  14. Jen says

    This mixture totally worked. BUT I sponged it on my black dog and let it dry on a sunny day…and it changed the color of her fur!!!! Yikes! :)
    The smell is gone AND she has new highlights. Win win.

    • says

      That makes sense Jen that it would do that. I don’t know if it still is but hair color use to be used to be made with peroxide or girls would put that and other stuff on their hair and go sit in the sun to get highlights in their hair. My granddaughter has been doing this on her hair all summer long this year to get highlights.
      If you don’t want them to have highlights don’t leave them in the sun for too long and rinse them off as soon as they dry. I like Jen wouldn’t worry too much about it.

  15. New England Flybaby says

    I love your website, “Living on a Dime”. It is wonderful!! This skunk remedy works brilliantly. Please credit the inventor of the skunk remedy. His name is Paul Krebaum, a chemist from Illinois, who first published the remedy in 1993. If you want to read the story of how he invented it, go to home.earthlink.net/~skunkremedy/home/ It is such a wonderful solution for that horrendous smell, that I think he deserves to be credited. Thanks so much.

    • says

      We always try to give credit for recipes when we can but with so much flying around the internet now it is almost impossible to always do that. I don’t know how many recipes and things I have read that people take credit for something and I know that that recipe had been around before they were even born or I will get a book out from the early 1900’s and find the same recipe in there. We could spend weeks just researching a recipe and then probably wouldn’t be sure about it. Thank goodness there are no copy right laws for recipes because they too know it would be impossible to give credit to the right person.
      So if we know proof positive someone did something we will give credit but otherwise it really is very hard to do because you can’t believe everything you read on the internet.

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