I’ve been skunked many times in my life. As a non athlete, I rarely win anything. But a few weeks ago I was truly skunked when I ran over a critter coming back from my cottage amid fog and rain.
The 2014 Farmers’ Almanac deals with your dog being skunked. In fact, here’s what you need to do:
1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
1-2 teaspoons of liquid soap
Mix all of the ingredients in a large bucket and thoroughly work the mixture into the pet’s fur. Let sit on the pet’s fur for five minutes or so. Keep away from the pet’s eyes and don’t let the dog or cat lick itself while the solution is on. Use a washcloth dipped into this mixture near the face. Rinse the animal thoroughly to remove all of the solution. You may have to repeat this until the smell disappears totally. Note: Don’t store this solution in a container with a top as it will explode.
In this case, I nailed the critter, and paid the price. But, what do you do when you have a car that smells inside and out? I don’t think there’s any easy solution to anything being skunked. So, what I did that night was take my car through six car washes – the automatic kind with an undercarriage feature. Then, I ran to a store and got two major deodorizers and put them in my car. Finally, I left the vehicle outside for four days. Still, with a small stench remaining, I bought some tomato juice, a spray bottle, and sprayed the tires and undercoating as much of a juicing as I could. Finally, I could park in the garage without having to leave my windows open. But, hitting a skunk with a car leaves a lasting impression. If you have ever dealt with this situation, I would love to hear how you handled it.