Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Remove Skunk Smells
Get Rid of Skunk Smell
Well, I had not planned on writing anymore articles about Apple Cider Vinegar. However, on Mother's Day morning, Malachi and Shiloh (my pups) blessed me by getting sprayed by a skunk. My worst nightmare came alive, and of course on a morning when I had 1001 things to do. I do not keep tomato sauce in my home (as everyone says to use tomato sauce), but even so, from everything I've read, tomato sauce only masks the smell, but doesn't eliminate it. Plus, tomato sauce on white fur... I don't know how I feel about that idea! I needed to find another option.
The Dogs Were Sprayed by a Skunk
How My Mother's Day Began
We have a morning routine that is almost always constant. Malachi and Shiloh generally wake me up between 6 and 6:30 am. At this time, I generally go pee and feed the cat and by the time I get back to the door, Shiloh is there waiting to come back in and snuggle with me for an hour till it's time to get up while Malachi stays outside and checks the grounds for anything new and exciting.
Well, I went back to the door and Shiloh was not there waiting to come in so, fine, I figured there must be something very exciting outside this morning so I went and laid on the couch so I would hear her if she came to the door. So, I just fell asleep and I must have been sleeping maybe 10 minutes but it was one of those sleeps where you wake up and you feel like you've been sleeping forever and you're kind of disoriented.
I hear Shiloh knock at the door so I jump up to let her in and I smell this scent that, in my half-asleep state, smelled like something burning. So, in a panic I'm going from room to room, sniffing appliances, looking for smoke, this unbearable smell....where in the world was it coming from. Of course, Shiloh is following me wagging her tail. I open the door to the basement and go down to scope out things in the dungeon, closing the door behind me. Funny, fresh air in the basement? OK...so the smell is definitely coming from upstairs so I must find out what is burning. As I open the door to go back upstairs, i have one of those wonderful "a-ha" moments where I realize that this vial smell is coming from dear princess Shiloh. Of course, by now I am more awake, alert and my brain is functioning and I now know that she has been sprayed by a skunk.
The best part about Shiloh getting sprayed by a skunk? Well, I already knew if she got sprayed, then I was quite positive that Malachi must have gotten sprayed as well so I got dressed and went outside to look for my prince charming. Yes, I am genius, I already knew the smell would be found on him as well.
Shiloh was sprayed on the back part of her body and Malachi got it in the face and chest, I knew as soon as I saw yellow spot on his face and chest. This only makes sense because Shiloh is faster than Malachi but he is gets more power behind him when he runs so Shiloh must have been already turning to run from the skunk while Malachi was just arriving and couldn't stop on a dime like he probably wished that he could.
So now what? I have two dogs sprayed with skunks, its Mother's Day morning and I have to go to my mom's for a family lunch and take the dogs with me, after all they are her grandchildren. So, what do I do?
Here Is Where the Apple Cider Vinegar Comes In
Apple Cider Vinegar is literally my hero now. Of course, I have written endless Apple Cider Vinegar hubs about the great benefits it has for your hair, teeth, diabetes and health benefits but the fact that it can kill skunk smells is premium knowledge.
So, I took the dogs in the basement by the sump pump because it was too cold to wash them outside and Malachi just doesn't fit in the bathtub so I attached then to their leashes by the sump pump and hooked my indoor hose up to my laundry sink. I took my jug of Apple Cider Vinegar in the basement with a few doggy towels and I was just getting the towel soaked with Apple Cider Vinegar and scrubbing away with them. There are some sites online that recommend mixing Apple Cider Vinegar with peroxide and baking soda but I didn't. I just used it straight. So, the smell is coming clean, I am excited but what about this oily residue on them? The doggy shampoo didn't really seem to be working so I grabbed my Dawn dish soap since they use it to clean wild life of careless oil spills, surely I can use it on my dogs so squirted a little on and scrub scrub scrub and sprayed them off with the hose.
I cannot even say how relieved I was. My dogs smelled fabulous! Of course, when this first started in the morning and I was going from room to room looking for the fire, Shiloh jumped on my bed and the couch (luckily it was covered in a blanket) so I threw my blankets in the washing machine with a bit of Apple Cider Vinegar and it killed the smell on those too.
It is skunk season so i advise anyone with a dog to keep Apple cider Vinegar on hand in case your dog gets sprayed with a skunk!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.