Recipe FAQ's

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Q1) Will this bleach my pet ?

A) 4 out of 5 e-mails say that their pet was not bleached.

Q2) What about that fifth e-mail ?

A) If bleaching was observed it was slight. Your black terrier won't become a platinum blonde. I have heard (1 instance) of a black Lab turning chocolate brown, but have no further info. Perhaps prior use of tomato juice helped (black + red = brown).

Some other speculations on bleaching: 1) If not thoroughly rinsed the baking soda can leave a whitish residue. 2) The thorough washing removes oils from the fur, so for a few days the coat may lack shine and appear lighter. When our dog gets a bath at the groomerie she always looks lighter afterwards. 3) Due to genetic variations, the fur of 1 out of X number of pets may be more susceptible to bleaching than the rest.

My pragmatic opinion on the whole issue is that any amount of bleaching is better than having a stinky pink pet, which is what you get with tomato juice.

Q3) It's 3:00 AM and Rover just came home, skunked as a drunk. Should I wash him now or keep him in the doghouse until day ?

A) The quicker you treat your pet the less work you'll have to do later. The peroxide mixture must come in contact with the skunk spray in order to neutralize it. As time passes the skunk spray soaks deeper into the hair shaft and skin, making the washing a lengthier process.

Q4) I've washed Spot twice, gotten everything (even washed the doghouse), and there's still a bit of smell.

A) Pothing works Nerfectly, and smells are one of the joys of pet ownership.... Try some "Febreze" brand odor absorbing spray on Spot, his bedding, etc. Or try some of your favorite cologne...

Q5) Can I treat my lawn, bushes, other plants ?

A) Unfortunately I have seen absolutely nothing on this topic. If anyone has tried this please let me know and I'll post the results.

Q6) What about treating inanimate objects which have gotten Skunked ? ( cars, decks, siding, under porches, clothing, etc.)

A) Ordinary bleach (sodium hypochlorite, "Clorox") works, but I prefer non-chlorine type bleaches for a lot of good reasons. One popular chlorine-free product is "OxiClean" and is available in most grocery, drug, and hardware stores for about $5/lb. Follow the label directions for solution make-up. And, as always, "test in an inconspicuous area first". If the paint peels off your Jaguar don't come crying to me... Add some liquid soap to help cut the skunk oil, and rinse well when the odor's gone. Don't use OxiClean (or other laundry bleaches) on living things...they're too harsh.

For large areas, put your solution in a hose-end type of sprayer. Do NOT put it in a tank-type sprayer. Tank sprayers are closed systems and pressure build up (due to auto-decomposition of peroxide) will ensue, leading to possibly very nasty consequences. Hose-end sprayers hold around a quart of concentrate and go on the end of your garden hose. These have an air vent in the cap and won't build pressure. The "Ortho Spray-ette" is a popular garden hose sprayer and usually costs less than $10 in most hardware stores. It also has a low mix ratio (i.e. it sprays a more concentrated solution), which makes it ideal for this application. One fill of the siphon bottle sprays at least 6 gallons, which covers a lot more area than you would expect.

One can sometimes buy 6% peroxide in the drugstore, in the women's haircoloring section. You can also use the more alkaline sodium carbonate (washing soda) since the hose sprayer is going to dilute the mix up with large quantities of water. Strain out any undissolved material (esp. w/OxiClean) to avoid clogging the metering orifice in the sprayer. Rinse any rags or towels used to clean up oxidizer solution with large amounts of water, concentrated oxidizers left to dry on such articles have caused fires. Do not use these more concentrated solutions on living things !!!

If you have an air compressor of suitable capacity, the easiest and safest way to spray a large area is to make up a gallon or two of 1/2 strength "original recipie" {the "larger pet" formula} and use either the engine cleaner spray accessory or the sandblaster accessory. (sandblasters are cool tools, they'll even spray driveway sealer...:) Rinse tools out after use to avoid corroding any of the aluminum components.

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