That's Gonna Leave An Odor! 2 Easy Ways To Get Skunk Spray Off Your Dog

A skunk invaded the crawlspace under your home. Unfortunately, your dog was on the receiving end of the spray before you could contact an exterminator. Now your dog smells like skunk and you can't get rid of the odor. Don't panic. Here are two easy ways to clean your dog and get rid of the foul odor. A word of caution: before you start the clean-up process, be sure to put a pair of gloves on. Otherwise, your hands will end up smelling like skunk.

Reach for the Essential Oils

Skunk spray can be difficult to get out of hair. Luckily, you don't have to travel to the dog groomers to get rid of the odor. A deep cleaning with essential oils will remove the odor quickly.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Bathtub
  • Plastic bucket
  • Plastic disposable cup
  • 2 gallons of warm water
  • Liquid antibacterial soap
  • Tea tree oil
  • Lemon grass oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Towels


  1. Fill your bucket with 2 gallons of warm water and add 2 tablespoons of liquid antibacterial soap.
  2. Add 8–10 drops each of the essential oils and mix well.
  3. Put your gloves on and place your dog in an empty bathtub.
  4. Using your plastic cup, pour small amounts of the solution on your dog and massage into the fur.
  5. Rinse your dog with warm water.
  6. Repeat the process several times, if necessary.
  7. Dry your dog off with the clean towels.

Go For the Foam

Because skunk spray is oily, it can be difficult to get out of the fur.  This easy-to-make cleaning solution will get down deep into the fur and remove the oily substance.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Bathtub
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon juice
  • Liquid soap
  • Bucket
  • Plastic disposable cup
  • Warm water
  • Mineral oil
  • Towels


  1. Fill your bucket with warm water
  2. Pour 3 cups of hydrogen peroxide into the bucket.
  3. Add 1 cup of baking soda and 3 tablespoons each of liquid soap and lemon juice.
  4. Put your rubber gloves on.
  5. Place your dog in an empty bathtub.
  6. Rub a small amount of mineral oil around the outside of your dog's eyes to keep the cleaning solution out.
  7. Use your cup to pour the cleaning solution onto your dog.
  8. Massage the cleaning solution into the fur to create suds.
  9. Continue using the solution until your dog's entire body has been saturated.
  10. Allow the solution to sit for about 10 minutes.
  11. Rinse your dog with warm water.
  12. Repeat the process, if necessary.
  13. Dry your dog off using clean towels.

If you've got a skunk in your crawlspace, don't try to get rid of it by yourself. Contact a professional exterminator to take care of the problem for you. If your dog comes in contact with the skunk while you're waiting for the exterminator, use the methods described above to get rid of the odor.