In case you should ever have the same misfortune of needing to clean your dog, your home, and yourself of the putrid smell of skunk, here are a few tips. I offer only the ones I found useful, as many things we tried, (such as tomato paste and vinegar), did not have an immediate benefit.
1. Do not touch sprayed areas with bare hands– wear gloves! Last night I started Simon’s third bath of the day without gloves AGAIN. Serious brain fart. I quickly realized my mistake, but my hands already smelled of skunk AGAIN.
2. Do not wash everything in the washer together. We made the mistake of throwing all our bedding in with the most affected top sheet and now EVERYTHING smells equally bad. If some articles smell less, don’t wash them with the super stinky items. Currently hoping that putting everything in the hot Sacramento sun for the afternoon is going to help.
3. Baking soda sprinkled on the carpet, left over night, and then vacuumed makes a HUGE difference. Today our house is only slightly smelly, with practically no smell in the living room or on the couch where he rolled. Unfortunately our bedroom is ground zero, still trying to figure out what to do about that, (and sleeping in the guest bedroom in the meantime…).
4. Coconut oil on the affected areas after bathing is the biggest secret to our success. My mom thinks coconut oil is the answer to 9 out of 10 problems, (love you Mom!), and in this case she was correct. It seems to isolate the spray and trap the smell. Whereas I did not want the dog within three feet of me this morning, as soon as I put coconut oil over the area he was sprayed, (his entire head!), I could no longer smell him unless I put my nose up against his fur. HUGE IMPROVEMENT.
I’m sure all the other tricks help to some degree or another, but those were the four that in conjunction with frequent bathing worked the most for us. I was tempted to go to hot yoga and sweat out the oils, but then thought better of it. Pretty sure they’d ban me from ever returning. The good news, went to Saturday School (our version of back-to-school night) today and no one could smell me, (and, they all seemed to really enjoy my story). Coconut oil for the win.
Hope you never need to unearth this post in the future… Happy Saturday.