Last night, our beloved dog Kobayashi Maru was skunkified. Horrified by the scent, we quarantined her onto the back porch while we planned our attack on the stench. In an act of desperation, we utilized a recipe from a local trapper; consisting of 2 parts hydrogen peroxide, 1 part baking soda, 1 part laundry detergent. Our bath was successful, but the event also sparked some interest in how to keep this from ever happening again.
Through research, we have learned that one of the better skunk repellents is hot pepper. Just boil one chopped yellow onion, one chopped jalepeno pepper, and 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in two quarts of water for about 20 minutes. Let it cool, and spray this around your property every 3-5 days to keep skunks away from your home. This may also double as a pest repellent in your garden!