A "surfactant" is nothing else than a classier, easier-to-sell term for soaps, detergents, and foaming agents.

Without getting too much into chemistry here, we can classify "mild surfactants" in 3 categories: anionic, cationic, and nonionic.

The first type, anionic, are surfactants that are cheap to produce and thus more popular among shampoo manufacturers. This could include alkylbenzene sulfonates, soaps, lauryl sulfate, ethoxylated propylene glycol, di-alkyl sulfosuccinate, and lignosulfonates, among others.

The second type is the most expensive of the three and mostly used as corrosion inhibitors within industrial settings.

Now the third type, nonionic, is the holy grail of surfactants and the one you need to look for when selecting a shampoo for your pet. It provides the same foaming effects we all humans cherish in a shampoo without the chemical harshness of their cousins.

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The most common in this category is Decyl Glucoside which is 100% derived from vegetable origin (coconut) and biodegradable. Because of this natural base, this true mild-surfactant helps maintain skin balance without risk of dryness.

It is imperative for you to research and find out the type added to your pet's shampoo whenever you see "mild surfactants" listed as an ingredient. A manufacturer proud to use only the best ingredients will either include "plant-based ingredients only" or a high organic percentage somewhere on the label. If you don't, chances are you are dealing with the cheap kind of surfactant and you should never use it on your pet.

AuthorTammy W

Skunks in Nashville are everywhere. And getting rid of skunk smell from your dog or cat that has been sprayed is not an easy task.  Oh, we know.  

It throws your whole day off, sending you in panic mode to prevent cross-contamination and spreading the smell throughout the house. And when you get down to wash your pet, you feel powerless at how the skunk-y smell clings to your pet’s fur no matter how many baths you run him/her through. It is a messy ordeal pet parents are at risk of experiencing all year long and we hear their frustrations every day.

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If you decide to skip our deskunking grooming package and need to remove skunk smell at home here are some great tips that will help you on this all-in mission.

Organic Deskunking: Plan A

A simple search online can yield hundreds of results with recipes to follow to deskunk your dog or cat. By far these 2 are the best organic ways to deskunk your pet we recommend you follow if you decide to treat your pet at home:

  1. TOMATO JUICE. Douse your pet in tomato juice and let it sit for no less than 7-10 minutes. We are not too fond of this method due to the risk of staining fur, but it does the job pretty well. Rinse and shampoo as usual.
  2. VINEGAR. Mix 2 parts of water with 1 part apple cider vinegar in a plastic bottle (preferably one that you can squeeze). Using gloves, wet coat and work one section at a time, starting with the skunk-sprayed area. The solution should sit for no less than 5 minutes to fully enjoy the deodorizing properties of vinegar. Rinse coat. You may need to repeat this process 2-3 times. No worries, the vinegar smell on your pet’s coat will vanish in 1 to 2 days.

The Other De Skunk Recipe: Plan B

Another favorite recipe to get rid of skunk smell on your dog or cat is the formula by Paul Krebaum, which appeared in the August 1995 edition of Popular Science magazine:

1 qt hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap

Mix until baking soda is dissolved. Wearing gloves, massage mixture on your pet’s coat, paying special attention to the fur all around the skunk-sprayed area. Rinse well and repeat if necessary.

*Handle with Care - Never store as it will explode if contained in a bottle. Wash fur immediately as peroxide may bleach (discolor) fur.

Stop the madness!

Remember, we also offer a low-cost De Skunk Grooming package that can help you get rid of the smell without the hassle or risk of cross-contamination. Our staff will professionally bathe and deodorize your pet to remove the smell from your pet’s coat.

AuthorTammy W
CategoriesGrooming Basics