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Skunk Smell Removal Recipe

Skunk Smell Removal Recipe

If you’ve just found this blog post by doing a Google search, then we bet you’re in a hurry!

We better just get to the point and give you our expert-approved skunk spray removal recipe. You can use this to get skunk smell off of your dog.

If you need skunk removal in Chicagoland, call us at: 847-464-1861

Skunk Smell Removal Recipe

The most effective skunk smell recipe requires only three ingredients:

  • 1-quart hydrogen peroxide (3%)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap (for example Dawn dish soap)

Skunk smell removal recipe ingredients

How to use the skunk smell removal mixture

  • Clean your dog as soon as possible, the sooner the better to get the smell out.
  • Mix these three ingredients together in a bowl or bucket
  • Use the mixture and thoroughly rub it into your pet’s fur.
  • Let sit for five minutes and rinse with tap water afterward.
  • Don’t leave it on your pet for more than five minutes because it can cause bleaching.
  • You may need to repeat the process more than once to get rid of the odor.
  • For spray in the eyes, flush with water as soon as possible.

NOTE: Do not mix ahead of time and save it for when you need it. The mixture is unstable and ineffective when stored. You should store ingredients separately and save them for when needed.

Related: How to get rid of skunk smell on pets, on you and in your home

How to Get Skunk Smell Off Your Dog Video

Learn how to make and use this skunk removal recipe in just two minutes.

Skunk smell removal recipe tips

  • Clean your dog as soon as possible – The longer the skunk spray is on your dog without cleaning, the harder it will be to remove.
  • Make a skunk spray removal kit – If there’s a chance your dog could encounter a skunk in your area, you should keep the spray removal ingredients on hand at all times, as well as a bucket or tub for cleaning. Have your ingredients and plan of action ready. DO NOT, however, mix the ingredients ahead of time and store for later. It will lose its potency.
  • Clean your dog outside if possible – Bringing the dog inside the home means bringing the smell inside the home. Dog owners have regretted bringing their dog inside and then seeing her roll around on the carpet or jump on the couch.
  • Rinse with shampoo afterwords – After you have used your skunk removal recipe, wash your pet with pet shampoo and conditioner and rinse clean.

For professional skunk removal services in the Chicago suburban area, contact Attic Solutions for humane removal of skunks and other pests.

Contact us online or call 847-464-1861


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Skunks invading Chicago and Suburbs in Record Numbers

Skunks Invading Chicago and Suburbs in Record Numbers

Have you been noticing that unmistakable skunk smell more often lately?

It’s not your imagination. Wildlife experts and animal control workers are all saying the same thing: they’re seeing more skunks than ever in the suburbs, Kane County, DuPage County, Cook County and even in Chicago.

Experts say the suburbs are in the middle of a “skunk epidemic.” It was so bad in Vernon Hills last year that the city offered to reimburse homeowners for skunk removal services.

 

Why the increase in skunks?

Skunk populations naturally go through “boom and bust” cycles because of environmental factors which affect their numbers.

The skunk populations in the Chicagoland region are growing because of many factors.

One reason is that there have been a couple of very mild winters. More skunks have been able to survive the winter and have been having litters of skunks earlier in the year, giving the offspring a better chance at survival.

Related: How to get rid of skunk smell

Record number of skunks in Chicagoland

Wet, buggy summers have given skunks a steady supply of insects to feed on and support a growing population.

There has been a decrease in the number of great horned owls, the primary predator of skunks. This has been attributed to the use of rodenticides, which poison not just rodents but the animals that feed on them.

An economic recovery and increasing home values has also meant that people are spending more on their lawns. Healthy lawns can mean more lawn grubs in the soil, a favorite meal for skunks as they prepare for winter.

Another reason is that diseases that held skunk populations in check over the past decades have decreased. Both distemper and rabies in skunks have reduced in the past few years.

Skunks also seem to be growing more adapted to the urban environment. They’ve been spotted more and more right in the city. They’ve been captured in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, in the very urban heart of Chicago.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources keeps track of the skunk population by measuring the number of skunks captured by licensed skunk removal companies and the number picked up by city and state workers as roadkill.

Licensed animal control companies captured 6,700 striped skunks in the Chicago area in 2010. Just six years later, the total doubled to nearly 13,000 in 2016.

That’s a lot of skunks wandering around through the Chicago area.

It means more holes in lawns from skunks hunting grubs. It means more encounters with skunks and dogs, which can be a really stinky and challenging situation to deal with.

It also can mean more human and skunk encounters, and skunks searching for homes under people’s patios and porches.

Related post: What to do when your dog gets skunked

 

Is there anything that can be done about the skunk population?

Homeowners can make sure they don’t make their homes and properties attractive to skunks. By implementing a grub control program on your lawn, you can remove one of their favorite food sources.

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Other than that, at some point nature will probably take over. Animal populations move through cycles of lower and increased numbers. At some point either weather, disease or predators will bring the skunk population back down.

For now, though, watch out for these stinky neighbors.


Attic Solutions - Contact Us Today For professional skunk removal services in the Chicago suburban area, contact Attic Solutions for humane removal of skunks and other pests.

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What to do when you dog gets skunked

What to do When Your Dog Gets Skunked

Something smells….. skunky.

Uh-oh!

So your dog just got skunked. Bad news. Now what?

There are over the counter skunk odor removal products. You can start there if you have some already on hand. You may not want to make the trip to the store right now. What are your other options?

Related: How to get rid of skunk smell

Step One: Keep your dog outside

If you’ve already let your dog into the house, then sorry. Sometimes your dog comes inside the house before you realize what has happened.

We’ve heard the horror stories about how a dog will run inside that then immediately start rolling on the carpet or couch to get that smell off. You do not want that happening!

If you do notice that your dog has red, irritated or swelling eyes, immediately flush them with cool water.

You may want to get a towel over him to help try to keep the odor off of you and help sooth him.

Related: Protect your yard from skunks


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Step Two: Homemade skunk odor removal solution

A popular home remedy people have heard of is tomato juice. It’s not actually the most effective method, though. It will help cover up the smell in the short term but tomato juice will not actually remove it.

Here is a better skunk odor removal solution, and you may already have all these ingredients in your home.

Skunk rinse recipe:

  • 1 quart of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide (available at any pharmacy)Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1-2 teaspoons of liquid dishwashing soap

For a larger dog, you may need to double or triple this recipe.

Mix your ingredients together. DO NOT make this mix ahead of time because this solution can become unstable over time when stored.

Use a wash basin or tub if possible. If you have dishwashing gloves or some type of work gloves you don’t mind sacrificing to the cause, we recommend using them to protect yourself from the skunk smell.

Get your dog into the wash tub and rub the mixture through their fur, and over their entire body, but be sure to avoid the eyes. Rub and lather the mixture well into your pet’s coat and skin. Rub the solution around for about five minutes or until the skunk smell starts to dissipate.

Be careful about leaving it on too long because peroxide could bleach their fur. Rinse thoroughly.

You may need to repeat the lather and rinse process up to three times for it to be most effective, but it’s a very good method for removing the skunk smell from your dog.

Step Three: Rinse solution and then shampoo

After you have thoroughly washed your dog with the homemade skunk rinse, wash all the solution off of them. Then get the shampoo that you would normally use to wash your dog and give him a good shampoo followed by another water rinse.

Give your dog a good towel dry and he should be better now.

No matter what you do, it will be a challenge to completely remove the odor from your dog. It’s common for dogs to get sprayed right in their face and this can be a very challenging area to wash fully and completely because it’s sensitive and your do will probably fight it.

We hope this helps!

Cleaning a skunky dog is not fun, for either of you. It has to be done, though.

Be careful about letting your dog into the yard at dawn and dusk when skunks are most active. Don’t leave out any food or trash which could attract them.


For professional skunk removal, contact us online or call (847) 464-1861


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