What To Do When Your Dogs Get Skunked! 

Might I take this chance to introduce you to a few of my fur babies…?

This is Dixie Mae, culprit of the stink numbero uno. 

She was skunked about a month, being her (our) first time we had no idea what that burning hair/plastic smell was. No joking, Spencer and I searched for the ‘electrical fire’ source for about two hours before deeming ourselves insane. 

By routine the next morning Spencer gave Dixie her goodbye kisses before leaving for work, only to find out his face and beard would then be smelling of skunk for the days entirety… and then some.. 

So yes, she stank up the house for a good 8 hours before we noticed… ufda. 

Next on the rap sheet Mr. Kato… he was the antagonist of the satire which was the other night… he was so close to the skunk that half his face was yellow…. sigh. Save to say the swear words were a flyin’ around the middle of that night. 

His side kick? That ever dependable and trouble-making sister Brodee Sue.

So what do you do in these most stinky of circumstances?

Take a deep breath (since you’ll not want to for three months) and try to laugh about it. Dogs will be dogs and skunks will happen from time to time. Like Forrest Gump said, “sh*t happens… sometimes…”

In the one month since we moved all (three) of our dogs have been sprayed by a skunk. So you could say I’ve had some time to experiment with how to keep the smell at bay. 

To keep things easiest I won’t talk about what didn’t work… (tomato juice/sauce bath) ahem….

But what has WORKED for us:

– Bath your dog (and yourself) in Dawn dish soap… since you’ll likely end up in the shower and wet anyway. Trust me the smell passes from family member to family with haste. 

– After the shower wipe down your fur baby with a rag dampened with hydrogen peroxide. Let dry. 

– Wipe down a second time with an apple cider vinegar dampened rag. Let dry.  

– Keep diluted spray bottle (ACV + water) on hand for intermittently spritsing your dog and whatever bedding they’re using. We went so far as to spray this in the air once a day when the smell would come back up. 

– Diffuse CPTG essential oils FOREVER — as you already should be ;)!!! Since we only have one diffuser I let my tea kettle steam with OnGuard EO on board. In the meantime I’ve had an assortment of Lemon, Lemongrass, Wild Orange, Lavendar, OnGuard, Grapefruit and Cedarwood hard at work, and boy does it take that stench away. 

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– Double wash any garment/linen that has come into contact with said stinky pup. I usually use an environmentally friendly detergent but we went full out on Arm & Hammer with OxyClean. 

Unfortunately there is no immediate quick fix to get rid of the smell completely. It’s all you can do to keep it at bay. The spray from the skunk attaches to hair follicles and gets into skin pores, worst part? It will not be totally gone for up to 3 months. So you’re in for the long haul folks. 

Ok so not all of these are the most natural of remedies. But let’s just say being pregnant with three skunked out dogs has been no cup of tea.. But if these worked for me I’m sure they can help you to. 

Anyone else’s dog ever been skunked? I would love to hear what y’all did to beat the stink. 

Peace and Love,



Ok peeps, if there’s one thing I cannot avoid, its sweat. I’m not going to sugar coat it, I am a heavy sweater. If you were ever in sports or gym class with me in school you know, if theres a slight heat wave…. Fuhget aboudid!

But Quincy, there are so many anti-persperants out there! Why not try one?

Been there done that. And I’m not looking for anymore products to stop my body from performing its natural processes.

When we decided on this life it was part of my mission to cut out synthetics, artificial colorings, and as many chemicals as possible. Yes, Im still working on getting the home-stud to ditch the old spice deo, though I do love the intoxicating smell… But we do a pretty good job, hence making home made hygiene products like this.

As with the farming lifestyle I have put more sweat than blood and tears into almost everything, except this diy deo! It is that easy, just because I have learned to live with sweat does not mean I have to live with pit stink.

Like literally. This deodorant goes above and beyond, with only 3 ingredients… this make at home deo is on point. Keeping my underarms ODOR FREE free all day long!

Let’s see here..


  • 6 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil (which I bought this time from Costco)
  • 1/4 C Baking Soda
  • 1/4 C Arrowroot Powder

  • 10-15 drops CTPG Essential Oil of choice

I chose to make a double batch and really stock up, so I made some with lavender EO  and then some with lemongrass EO.

If you’re wondering where to find Certified Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils look here!

All you have to do is throw it all together in a mixing bowl, mashing it together with a fork is easiest, seems that is my preferred mixing tool most times.

And there you have it! I would preferably put this wonderful stuff into cute little deodorant containers like these..

but for now it will live in repurposed baby food jars.

And peace out!

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