Have you ever done skunk?
There’s a Gulag in every skunk.
Tonight’s my third lifetime imprisonment.
My Spaniel Lucky was sprayed tonight. I can say now that I’m damn near professional. When I’m older I’ll tell somebody each of the stories.
Dr. Caceci of Texas A&M University knows there is a great de-skunk discovery for removing skunk odor:
Forget what you have heard about tomato juice–vinegar— it doesn’t work.
Skunk spray is mainly composed of low molecular weight thiol compounds. (“Thiols” are compounds with the “-SH radical” attached to a carbon atom.) In industrial applications, alkaline hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is used for scrubbing similar compounds from waste gas streams.
Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, when combined, become a “chemical engine” for churning out oxygen. The soap breaks up the oils in the skunk spray, allowing the other ingredients to do their work.
1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1/4 cup of baking soda
1 to 2 teaspoons liquid soap
Discovered and first tested by Paul Krebaum, Last Update: 10/08/02