Springtime in the Rockies means the critters are out and about. Tired of marauding raccoons, I’d been live-trapping and relocating them. I was surprised and less than delighted one morning to find a young skunk in the trap. I knew how to handle this situation: Toss a rug, blanket or even a bath towel over the trap so that it’s completely covered (bottom doesn’t seem to matter), and the skunk won’t spray. You’re then safe to put it into your truck or trunk and release the little guy in a new location. However, I didn’t bother with all that, and my moccasins and pant legs got sprayed. Later that evening, with our cabin still not completely disinfected from my stupidity, Clara, our Golden Retriever, decided she needed to nip a big skunk on the butt and took a full dose in the face. After an hour of her burying her face in soft melting snow and otherwise trying to get the worst off, we barricaded her on the porch and called a friend who had discovered a skunk antidote that really works. She sent us to the Internet, and there it was:

  • 1 qt. 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 tsp liquid soap.

Use a garden hose to rinse the doggie (or yourself) off, then slowly pour the antidote on and rub it in, as if giving a bath. Rinse with clean water, dry, and…it’s a miracle! Certainly skunk essence is so pervasive that it will stick to the inside of your nose for a long while. Launder the clothing you wore while administering the cure, along with the towels you used to dry the dog. If the dog was wearing a collar, don’t forget to wash it in the same solution.

After experimenting with a lifetime of failed–and often very messy–home concoctions or expensive skunk antidotes, this one is cheap, easy, and truly works.