Way back when, before Tec Labs and Tecnu came into my life, the
solution for de-skunking the dogs in the family was both unsightly,
and downright stinky! The particularly heinous combination of
"de-skunking" ingredients my mother-in-law used the last time Axel
(their 11 year old black lab) was sprayed included: tomato juice,
minty-mouth wash, and dish soap.
Please take a moment to imagine the pleasant smell (this is
sarcasm folks!) that tomato juice and minty mouth wash creates, and
then factor in the actual stench of the skunk smell from it's foul
spray! The odor that this particular recipe created, rivaled even
that of the skunk's putrid potion. Poor Axel was ousted from the
house for two weeks.
Fast forward to me working for Tec Labs, creators of
Tecnu. Sure enough, not long after I began at Tec, Axel found
yet another black and white striped friend (a skunk, not a
zebra in case that's what you were thinking!), and sadly lost the
battle of Pepè vs. Axel. This time around, I was sure to
bring home a bottle of Tecnu for my mother-in-law to use instead of
her rancid concoction. Well, tried and true my friends, Tecnu
worked wonders! Not only good for removing urushiol oil that can
cause poison ivy (or poison oak) rash, it also effectively removes
skunk oil! The next time your furry family member gets sprayed,
don't torture them with a slew of any and every remedy you've heard
of. Just use Tecnu! Follow these three easy steps when de-skunking
1.) Saturate a cloth in Tecnu and wipe down
your pet's coat.
2.) Rinse thoroughly with water.
3.) Follow up with your regular pet shampoo
and a warm water rinse to wash away all remaining Tecnu (this step
is to protect your pet from possibly ingesting any Tecnu when they
Whether or not you regularly come into contact with poison oak
or ivy plants, if at all, Tecnu Original can still come in handy!
Keep a bottle in your medicine cabinet, and the next time your pet
is sprayed by a skunk, you'll thank us! And just in case you didn't
know, Tecnu Original can also:
- Remove poison ivy/oak oils from:
- Can be used to remove sticky tree sap
- Removes skunk oils (just in case you weren't paying attention
Do yourself a favor and get a bottle of Tecnu Original Outdoor
Skin Cleanser so you'll be prepared for the multitude of
cleanse-worthy elements that go hand-in-hand with spending time