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Tips to “DeSkunk” Your Dog and Home

Tips to “DeSkunk” Your Dog and Home

If you have ever had a skunk spray your pet, then you can commiserate.  Your dog stinks, and you aren’t sure where to begin. A simple bath won’t do the trick. And, if not taken care of properly, the smell can linger for up to a year. Here is a “how-to” guide to use if you ever find yourself in this unfortunate situation.

Leave Your Pet Outside

If you bring them in and they roll on your carpet or rub up against your couch, the smell will transfer quickly and your family might kick you, and your pet, to the doghouse.  Find a safe space to keep your dog outside until you can give them a proper bath to remove the smell.

Bath Time

Use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, dish soap and water. Here is the recipe…

  • 1 bottle store peroxide (1 qt.)
  • 1 tsp. of liquid dish washing detergent
  • 1/4c of baking soda
  • Optional 1-2c of warm water

Work the solution into your dog’s coat. After thoroughly shampooing, rinse with warm water. Repeat as necessary.

This is the base formula and can be doubled for larger animals.  Make sure to use the mixture right away, as it is activated as soon as the baking soda is added. Leftover cleaning solution should not be reused.

Invest in a BarkBath

If you have a BISSELL BarkBath Portable Grooming System, then you’re all set.  All you need is the Odor & Skunk No Rinse Shampoo.  It’s strong enough to remove the skunk odor, but gentle enough for regular use.  If you don’t have a BarkBath, we highly recommend getting one. It allows you to bathe your pet practically anywhere and anytime with virtually no mess.


For Your Carpets

In case your pup did make it into the house and your carpets now smell like skunk, we’ve got you covered.  Our Professional Power Shot Oxy Carpet Stain Remover will work well for spot cleaning if the odor is just in one spot.  If the skunk smell spread to a larger area and you have a BISSELL Upright Carpet Cleaner, our Professional Pet Urine Eliminator + Oxy formula will help remove the smell.

As always, if you have any questions please reach out to us on Facebook or by email. Removing odors and stains is our mission!

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