How to Use Vinegar to Get Skunk Smell Off of a Dog

By Elle Di Jensen

Skunks are such intriguing creatures that dogs can't resist instigating an encounter. Once that bushy black and white tail lifts, it's all over but the crying. If your dog is fortunate enough to get away without getting sprayed in his eyes or mouth, he won't suffer from health effects of skunk spray such as swollen eyes, sneezing or vomiting. You'll be in a hurry to get the skunk smell off of him, though. Don't rush to the pet supply store for an expensive specialty shampoo. Vinegar can be used with peroxide, liquid soap and baking soda to remove the smell.


Step 1

Pour the vinegar, baking soda, liquid soap and hydrogen peroxide into the bowl.

Step 2

Stir the ingredients in the bowl with the wooden spoon to mix them together thoroughly.

Step 3

Put on the gloves to keep the skunk spray and smell off of you.

Step 4

Place your dog in a tub. This can be done in your bathtub, but you'll want to leave the door open, open a window and turn on the exhaust fan to ventilate the room and keep the skunk smell from becoming overpowering. If you have a steel washtub, you can bathe your dog outside if the weather is accommodating.

Step 5

Wet your dog's coat completely with warm water.

Step 6

Work some of the vinegar mixture into your dog's coat with your fingers. Use enough to wash his whole body. Take your time and take care to get the mixture deep into your dog's hair, giving the vinegar solution about 3 minutes to begin to break down the oils from the skunk spray.

Step 7

Rinse the vinegar solution out of your dog's coat, running clean water over it until the water runs clear.

Step 8

Remove your dog from the tub and rub him dry with the towels.