My mom hit a skunk with her van a few months ago, and ran over to my house (we live in the same trailer park- we’re neighbors), and I swear I could smell her before she even hit the door. While she went on and on about how badly she stank, I was simply lavishing the odor that was permeating my living room. She did STINK, even though she personally didn’t get sprayed by the skunk; the odor was on her clothing, skin, and hair. She was in tears about how to get the odor out of her car and clothing, while I was laughing my fool head off and trying to calm her down. It is actually quite easy to get rid of skunk smell on your skin and clothing (and your pet), and it goes beyond the classic tomato juice method.
Bring on the beer. No, not to get flat-ass drunk while you lament your demise- beer actually eradicates skunk spray extremely well. Simply take a can of your favorite brew (or 2 or 3) and while you’re getting drunk on the rest of the case, stand in the tub and pour beer over your hair, face, and body. Beer absorbs the oils, and remove the stench, and if you want added stench removal, pour a few tablespoons of baking soda in a shallow bath, add 2 cans of beer, and wash again with that. Then drain the water, refill the tub, and wash your body and hair as you normally would. If you have terrible skunk smell in your hair, wash your hair in beer, wrap your hair in a towel without rinsing, and while you wash the rest of your body let the beer soak into your hair and get out the oils. Then wash out when you are ready to rinse off. Worked great for my mom (she used Keystone).
For the clothing and car, take a spray bottle and fill it with equal parts vinegar and water and spray liberally all effected clothing and surfaces. Vinegar neutralizes the odors of the skunk spray and oils and breaks it down, and once the vinegar dries you can’t smell that either. My mom did this, and then used Febreeze afterward, and after a few applications, the scent was gone.
I have heard that using a douche to wash you or your dog works as well, and if you are willing to try it most dollar stores carry douches. I don’t know why it works, but some people swear by it. Or, you can combine vinegar, baking soda, and dish soap. Most people use hydrogen peroxide, but baking soda is a safer, less chemical reaction substitute that works great. I mix 1/4 cup of baking soda, 2 tablespoons Dawn dish soap, and a whole container of vinegar (it bubbles up so mix it in the tub so when it bubbles all over you don’t have it spilling all over), and then liberally rub down you or your dog and then rinse off and bathe as normal. Soaking affected clothing or towels in this mixture before washing works as well.
My mom loved the beer idea, and came out squeaky clean and called me about a half hour later to tell me it was a huge success. If it worked for her (she was RANK, y’all) it would likely work for you and your dog, and is certainly less messy than the classic tomato juice method.