So Your Dog Got “Skunked”…..
A Formula to Rid Your Pet of Skunk Scent….
- Take 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (available from any drugstore),
- 1/4 cup of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate for you science types)
- 1 teaspoon of liquid soap, such as Ivory
Mix and immediately apply to the stinky pet. Rinse thoroughly with tap water. Repeat if needed.
The merging of the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda creates lots of oxygen in a big hurry. This chemical reaction is key to how the solution works. The trick is the oxygen, which grabs the molecules that go into that horrid smell. Once snagged, the smell is neutralized. Simple chemistry, really.
Now, The Rest of the Story–
Chemist Paul Krebaum came up with this concoction. Unfortunately he hasn’t been able to reap the benefits of such a beneficial discovery. No financial gains. No retirement on the Rivera. Nothing. And it’s a shame, too, because the man deserves some kind of reward. The stuff really works — It is better than tomato juice, which dampens the odor a little and leaves you with a slightly less-stinky pink dog. But poor Paul hasn’t gained anything but the gratitude of pet lovers for his troubles.
There’s just no way to sell something you can’t put in a bottle.
Let me be perfectly clear—
DO NOT PLACE THIS SOLUTION IN A CLOSED CONTAINER
The resulting explosion will be fierce enough to explode the closed container and blow Sodium, Oxygen, Hydrogen, and soap everywhere.
Since Krebaum published his findings in a trade journal in 1993, his magic formula has spread far and wide, offered up by agriculture officials and hunting magazines, and touted by folks on the Internet. The Chicago Tribune gave him a good write-up in 1994 that got picked up by newspapers all over the country. In it, he called his mix a “free-gift-to-humanity type deal.”
Commercial preparations such as “Skunk Off” also seem to work well but are a little more costly.