How to de-skunk your dog using chemistry

Ditch the tomato juice - video shows correct ingredients to de-stinkify a skunk-ridden pet


Remember those days in school when you asked yourself, "When am I ever going to use this in real life?" Perhaps it was chemistry class when you said this, and you were discussing how hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and soap interact with each other.

Here's one of those moments. As part of the Everyday Chemistry Video Contest (sponsored by there American Chemical Society), we present the winner, which shows you how to get rid of the skunk smell from your dog. It turns out that everyone's favorite method, dowsing yourself in tomato juice, only masks the smell. In the video, produced by Sally B. Mitchell, a chemistry teacher from East Syracuse Minoa High School in Syracuse, NY, we learn the correct method.

The YouTube channel that helped sponsor the contest, BytesizeScience, is promising to post other video entries from its Everyday Chemistry Video Contest, so subscribe to the channel if you want to see other uses for chemistry in everyday life.

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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