Monday, April 22, 2013

Spring Cleaning - AKA - My dog got sprayed by a skunk and now I must clean my entire house

Well, it happened.  The day I had hoped would never come.  Snoops, my beautiful lovely smelling indoor dog, got sprayed by a skunk!  It happened as we returned home from the X Games Detroit Release Party where there were awesome skateboarders, free Detroit beer and the preview of the X Games Detroit Bid Video.
We arrived home and Josh let Snoops out to go potty.  Then I hear a lot of yelling and Josh drags Snoops inside saying he doesn't know what is wrong with him but he thinks he got sprayed by a skunk.  The smell was not that first.  It didn't smell like skunk at all, but more a rubbery chemical smell.  It wasn't nice, but it wasn't nasty.  Snoops was foaming at the mouth and had a nice patch of yellow on his chest a a few dots on his face.  He was obviously miserable and began rubbing on his bed and our rug.

Rule #1 if your dog gets sprayed by a skunk - Do NOT bring the dog in the house unless you absolutely have to.

With it being midnight, below freezing and us now knowing for sure what happened to him, we broke rule number 1 and brought him in the house.  After his rub-fest on various items in the dining room, we pulled him up into the bathroom where he very willingly put himself in the bath tub after rubbing on the bathroom mats.

Rule #2 if your dog gets sprayed by a skunk - Pull the dog straight to the bathroom and do not let him touch anything.

We then washed him off where he got sprayed and scrubbed him a few times with his doggie shampoo.  I also sprayed out his mouth and gave him some toothpaste since I was quite sure he had got some in the mouth.  This removed it, but he still smelled, obviously.  Us being tired and just wanting the nightmare to be over with and thinking the dog was clean enough, we brought him into the bedroom to his bed to go to sleep.  Can you tell that neither of us had had a dog sprayed by a skunk before?

Rule #3 if your dog gets sprayed by a skunk - Do NOT bring the dog into your bedroom when you think he is clean.  Keep him segregated until he can be completely clean.

After trying to sleep for 10 minutes, but the smell being too horrendous, we moved him into the bathroom with his bed and closed the door.  He was a good boy and didn't even whine the whole night.  I think he knew he was in trouble.  Or else he was just happy to not have his eyes burning anymore.

We woke up the next morning and went straight to Kroger to get cleaning supplies.  After some googling, we decided to pick up:

  • Murphy's Oil Soap - to wash down walls, floors, etc.
  • Oxi Clean - to wash dog beds and other fabrics in the house
  • Hydrogen Peroxide - we found a sweet dog-skunk-smell-removal recipe online

I went straight to work on the dog while Josh started wiping down various surfaces in the house and starting the washing machine, which ran the entire day, non-stop.  When we woke up in the morning, we thought the smell wasn't too bad, but after returning from Kroger...our house was t.e.r.r.i.b.l.e!!  Everything in the house smelled like skunk.  Even stuff in rooms where the dog hadn't been  :(

Washing the dog wasn't too bad.  I made a mixture of a quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons Dawn.  It foamed up and neutralized the odor.  It worked wonders on his chest where the majority of it was.  I rubbed it on and let it set for about 5 minutes - did this 3 times.  I didn't put it on his face as I was a bit scared of the consequences of getting it in his eyes.  (As I sit here writing this, his face still smells...)  I washed his face/head really well with Dawn and then with his dog shampoo but it didn't remove the skunk smell.  Boo.  Hydrogen peroxide solution is the way to go though!

Rule # 4 if your dog gets sprayed by a skunk - Wash the dog as soon as  you can with the hydrogen peroxide solution described above.

Cleaning the house was the worst part, but I guess it needed it.  I wiped down all the walls and all the furniture in the dining room and kitchen (floor where Snoops entered the house).  We had to toss 1 dog bed, the shower curtain and the door mats.  Everything else in the house came clean.  
Dining room - Steam Cleaning the Rug Snoops rubbed on

Plants, Shoes and bathroom rugs airing out

Freshly mopped kitchen - note the culprit in the corner of the photo

His collar smelled so terrible that it got thrown out.  His dog tags are still soaking...they smell sooo bad!

Water that came out of the rug!  I cleaned this thing a few months ago!

Living Room Steam Clean Prep - where is all the furniture?

There it is!  And there is the culprit hiding on the couch...He was the best smelling thing in the house after his bath.

Water from cleaning the carpet.  yuk.  I must confess, these haven't been cleaned since they were installed...sooo like 3 years-ish  
We are on Day 2 of cleaning and I just finished steam cleaning the second half of the living room carpet.  So, the house is really clean but we are still finding random things that smell like skunk.  Like the fridge, our book bags after we got to work, my hands, some of the kitchen dishes, the car even though the dog never went in there, and lunch pails.

So, for those who have been following along, what do you do if your dog gets sprayed by a skunk?  Don't bring him inside unless it is dark and/or below freezing.  Wash him immediately with the hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and Dawn solution.  And don't let him anywhere in the house until you are sure he does not smell anything at all like a skunk.

Finally, if you want to find out how much your house (or yourself, for that matter) smells, just leave and come back.  Or go to band practice and see how long it takes for people to smell you.  It took me less than 10 seconds.

I hope everyone's week is going better than ours!  I guess Snoops just really wanted 5 baths in one day and for us to clean the house...haha

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