They smell awful, and any pet owner who's tried to de-skunk a pet that's been sprayed knows how difficult that process can be. There's the tried-and-true trick of washing your animal with tomato juice, which Green says works well. If you feel like more power is needed, use ordinary canned, diced tomatoes, pouring the entire can over your pet, tomatoes, juice and all. If you're looking for something a little cheaper and much, much less messy, buy a few boxes of baking soda, which absorbs the smell. Make a thick paste with baking soda and warm water, apply it to your pet's fur and let it dry. Then shampoo as usual. Another trick is to pull out that bottle of Dawn. Because skunk spray is an oil and Dawn removes oil from animals so well, Dawn is a good tool in your arsenal of pet de-skunking.