I have no scientific proof to back this up, but recent developments lead me to believe it is true. I recently reported that my two dogs got skunked in the middle of the night. Not realizing that my younger dog, Mayzie, had been sprayed, I put her in the house while I drove 30 miles, roundtrip, to the store to get the ingredients for the deskunking recipe. (Recipe below) My older dog, Bonny, stayed outside on the deck. When I returned an hour later, the house reeked of skunk. We opened all the doors, turned on fans, sprayed deodorizer throughout the house, and within a short while the upstairs was clear. Mayzie never had access to the downstairs, but three days later the lower level still smells like skunk and we can’t get rid of it. So there you have it. My conclusion is that stink molecules are heavier than air molecules.
On a positive note, the recipe works. It’s practically miraculous. Granted it did take just about all night long to bathe the dogs, but they do not smell at all. I took Mayzie to the groomer the following morning to be detangled, and she was astonished that I had done such a good job of removing the skunk. Apparently, the sooner you get it off, the better your success rate. My recommendation, if you have a dog, and there is even the remotest possibility that he might encounter a skunk, go ahead and get the ingredients and have them on hand. I have. I don’t ever again want to drive 15 miles down dark, twisty, mountain roads at 3:00 in the morning to get to the store.
This recipe is available online. Apparently it is attributable to chemist, Paul Krebaum, of Molex Inc. in Lisle, Illinois. The recipe was published in the August 1995 issue of Popluar Science.
1 qt 3% hydrogen peroxide
¼ cup baking soda
1 tsp dishwashing soap
Sponge over the dog, lather in well, let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse well and repeat until the smell is gone. I did it 3 times.
Be careful not to get it in the dogs eyes. To protect the eyes, apply ophthalmic ointment. I used “GenTeal lubricant eye ointment” which was available at the grocery store.
Put cotton balls in the ears.
Wear rubber gloves.
I tripled the recipe and had enough to do two 50 pound Bearded Collies, three times each.
Use soon after mixing as the solution will degrade quickly. Also check the expiration date on your peroxide, as it weakens over time.
I read that your pet’s fur could lighten, but I had no problem with either dog.
NEVER, ever store the mixed solution. The pressure will build up and the container could burst. This could cause serious injury.
May you never have to use this.