Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Brita and the skunk!

It's a skunk... it's smelly! I took a pitchfork and hoisted it over the fence at the end of the yard. Brita needed a bath with peroxide, baking soda and dish detergent! I couldn't get to sleep so got up about 1 to go to the bathroom and she went out. After a bit I heard her barking at theskunk end of the yard. A bit later I smelled skunk and immediately got up to close doors so Jake couldn't get out. Went back to be and then thought I should close doors so she can't get in! Apparently she brought to about 40 feet from the back of the house and the smell came in the window and Jake and I had to sleep in the living room because it was so bad! It's been an eventful day!

 Here is the secret recipe that WORKS. Mix the following:

  • 1 quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid soap or dish detergent
  • Mix these together and bathe ("shampoo" in or rub down) the spray victim thoroughly.
  • Be sure to use this mixture immediately after it is created, as it is unstable.
  • Let sit for five minutes and rinse with tap water afterward, and repeat if necessary.
  • For spray in the eyes, flush with water as soon as possible.

If you can't go to all of the trouble of buying hydrogen peroxide at your local drug store, then a 2% vinegar solution will help a bit. But please, don't bother with the old tomato juice tactic unless you want to smell like skunk + tomato.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Flush the eyes first, with a turkey baster, or garden hose, or just by pouring water out of a cup.
  • Before washing, wear rubber dish gloves and old clothes, and if possible, wash the dog outside.
  • Don't rinse the dog wet first. This solution will work better if applied directly and concentrated. The skunk spray is actually somewhat oily, and the detergent in the dish soap will help break up the oils.


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