Until we meet again....Mr. Skunk!
We had our very first encounter with skunks this past summer. The 24 Paws of Love have been rather fortunate considering there are ton of those stinky critters running around our neighborhood. A skunk on the other side of the fence, must have had enough of Brut's interrogation and decided to shut him up. I doubt it worked, but nonetheless, Brut got hit in the face with a small spray. Somehow I had acquired a bottle "Skunk Off" that I had never used and decided to try it on him. It worked great! Brut only been coated in a fine mist, so I don't know how it would work on a more direct spray. After it dried, you would never know Brut got skunked.
Since we had been so lucky not having any run ins with skunks,EVER, we were blessed not only with Brut's encounter, but two days later Zappa got blasted as he pulled my husband down a hill right up to a skunk in our neighbor's yard! My husband was able to stay out of range, but Zappa got a pretty good soaking in the face and side of his body. UGH!! I used what I had left of the "Skunk Off," but barely had enough for his face. So I rushed on line for a home remedy. It was after 10pm, as skunks are nocturnal and no stores were open, so I just prayed I had enough of something at home that would take care of the God awful smell. There are several variations online, here is the one I used (sorry I don't have a direct link):
Mix 1 quart hydrogen peroxide (or vinegar), I box of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of blue Dawn Dish Soap. Sponge or spray on, leave on for 20 minutes, rinse and shampoo as usual.
Yeah, I'd do it again...
It worked great! I had also let Zappa in the house because it started raining. Yes, not my brightest idea, but I didn't know what else to do with him. So I sprayed the entire carpet with vinegar (to neutralize odor), steamed cleaned and voila, the smell was gone.
Thank goodness we haven't had any more encounters with those little stink bombs. I think we met our quota this summer! We still have a few months to go before the skunks go into hibernation for winter and until then we will keep our paws crossed. :)
**Note** I have not be compensated nor I am endorsing "Skunk Off." I am not receiving anything for mentioning this product. The "Skunk Off" people don't even know I exist. I just happen to have some of their product and used it in an emergency and wanted to share that it had worked.