Anyone who’s dealt with trying to remove skunk odors from their dog, home, car, or anything else understands how urgent it is to get rid of the horrible smell a skunk can leave you with. Our dog, Atticus, seems to be one of the dog’s who just doesn’t learn from being sprayed once (or eight times) before. During these experiences, we’ve tried nearly every skunk odor removal recipe, home remedy, and product and thought we could save you some time, effort, and misery by sharing our findings.The first product we’ll be reviewing is Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Removal.
Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Removal product falls into the “enzyme-based” odor removal products. The idea of behind enzyme-based products is to literally attack odor-causing bacteria with live enzymes, similar to how an anti-biotic works to kill germs. While this might sound great, the truth is the science behind Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Removal is extremely flawed and, in our opinion, very misleading for a several reasons.
Skunk Odors Aren’t Caused by Bacteria
An enzyme odor remover is based on the idea that bacteria is the source of the odor. While this may be the case in other odor problems, particularly urine odors, the odors created by skunks’ spray are made up of 7 different organic compounds that are released skunks’ anal glands. The odors are not bacteria driven. Rather, skunk spray odors are created by combining specific chemicals together, which are mostly sulfur based and the reason why people say skunk spray smells like rotten eggs. Because skunk odor isn’t created by bacteria, an enzyme based odor remover is ineffective.
Enzymes vs. Alcohol
In order to for an enzyme odor removal product to work, the enzymes must be alive; literally. One of the disadvantages to enzyme-based cleaners is that the odor eating enzymes are very sensitive and easily killed. (For example, exposure to light will kill them, which why they’re never stored in clear bottles.)
In the case of Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover, one of the active ingredients is alcohol. (In fact, there’s more alcohol in the product than enzyme solution.) The alcohol actually kills the live enzymes as soon as they’re mixed in the bottle, making the product more of a masking agent than an odor removal solution.
Alcohol Based Odor Solutions and Your Pet
Another problem with alcohol as an ingredient in Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover is that it’s not good for your pet.
Painful When Used on Cuts and Scrapes
When we first used Nature’s Miracle skunk product, we were surprised when Atticus, our dog, suddenly start crying, yelping, and scrambling in the bathtub. It was only later that we figured out that it was because we were unknowingly pouring alcohol on open wounds, i.e. small scratches and cuts he’d gotten on his nose from his encounter with the skunk. If you’ve ever had alcohol poured on a cut, then you know just how bad it can hurt.
Dangerous When Contacting Dogs Eyes
Alcohol should never be put in contact with a dog’s eyes. Not only will it not feel good, it can cause injuries to the cornea. Often times when dogs are sprayed by a skunk, they get hit right in the face, so it extremely easy to get Nature’s Miracle product in your pup’s eyes.
Dries Out Skin
As you probably already know, alcohol is a very drying substance. (This is why the active ingredient in Swimmer’s Ear is alcohol; to dry up the water deep in the ear.) Although some more than others, dogs coats and skin are usually sensitive. Saturating your pet with an alcohol-based solution can lead to extremely dry skin, shedding, and leave the coat and fur in pretty bad shape. Imagine what your hair would look and feel like if you used alcohol as a shampoo! That’s exactly what you’re doing when using Nature’s Miracle to de-skunk your dog.
Water, isopropyl alcohol, nature’s enzymes, natural citrus scent.