Skunk spray is a malodorous yellow-tinted, oily liquid that can permeate and stink up your dog or environment for about two weeks. The more humid the environment, the longer the odor will last. Skunks can adjust their spray to either a mist or a stream based on their level of uncomfortableness or annoyance. Streams can project up to 15 feet.
It turns out that the old remedy of bathing your dog in tomato juice to get rid of the smell is not that effective! Depending on the amount of spray, tomato juice can slightly reduce the odor, but for the most part, you will be left with a dog or environment that still smells like skunk for about two weeks.
A better option that has been accepted by the American Kennel Club is known as “The Best Solution.” This mixture was invented by the chemist, Paul Krebaum, and it’s designed to “neutralize” the smell. Here’s the recipe:
The Best Solution
¼ cup of baking soda
2 tsp dishwashing detergent
1 qt of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution
Shampoo the dog with the mixture and leave on for 5 minutes
Rinse with warm water
Bathe the dog with good smelling dog shampoo
Repeat the above if necessary
Mix the ingredience in a bucket in an open, well-ventilated area (preferably outside). DO NOT MIX IN A CLOSED CONTAINER. Mixing in a closed container can cause the container to explode. The mixture MUST BE USED IMMEDIATELY. It cannot be kept or stored.
This mixture can be used on pets and people, but avoid contact with eyes and mouth and wear gloves to apply.
If the skunk sprays an indoor environment, remove the source of the odor, ventilate with fresh air, and wash everything with laundry detergent. You can try washing fabrics in a diluted version of The Best Solution, but be aware that it may fade colors. You can also try spraying bleach in a well-ventilated environment. NEVER USE BLEACH ON PETS.
You will also need to replace the filters in your heating/air conditioning units to remove the odor in indoor environments. Air filters are easily contaminated by pet smells and skunk spray. Good luck!