Oh those stinkers! Homemade de-skunking solution


Ah summer. A great time of year for being outdoors and enjoying the sun and fun of the season. My husband and I were on the deck one evening enjoying a drink while looking at the beautiful flowers on the deck. As we were sitting there, we got an awful overwhelming smell of skunk. Being out in the country we thought the smell was drifting towards us from a field. The smell kept getting stronger and stronger. We also realized our cat, Lionel, was sneaking around on the deck with her kittens. The stink was coming from those cute little kitties! That evening there was no petting or cuddling the kittens because the smell was too strong. We went in the house and I started searching the web for homemade de-skunking spray.

I wanted to find something easy to mix up with supplies we had on had. I was surprised to find a solution with hydrogen peroxide. I’d read before about the many uses of hydrogen peroxide and thought we’d give it a try. Here’s the solution we mixed up.

De-Skunking Solution


  • 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent
  • 2 quarts warm water

Mix together well and work the mixture onto the animal. **Don’t let this solution sit too long on animals fur as the hydrogen peroxide will lighten the color of the fur.

The kittens didn’t mind being rubbed down with the solution. They were happy to be getting some attention. We left it on for about 10ish minutes and then rinsed all of them off with warm water.

We must have the strangest cats in the world because none of them minded being washed down with water. All the kittens smelled better after this solution was rinsed off them.

***I called our local vet and asked about this solution for de-skunking. He had heard of it before and his only suggestions were not to get the solution in the animals eyes or mouth. He’d also heard of it being used successfully on people after being sprayed by a skunk.


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