The question I had is the reason for washing.....to remove smell or as prep for tanning. I know nothing about tanning but can destink them pretty well.
The destink process:
1 qt. Hydrogen Peroxide - the brown bottle drug store variety
1/4 cup Baking Soda (approx amount - I do not measure it)
1 squirt of Dawn Dishwash Liquid
Combine ingredients immediately before use, stir to dissolve the baking soda and give the critter or the pelt a bath in the solution. If the skunk has sprayed, I wash it in this solution prior to skinning. The peroxide will react with the skunk juice and other organic matter and bubble up quite a bit. Swish the critter or the pelt around good so it all gets wet. It does not hurt to let it soak a while.
Rinse with cold water and discard the leftover solution. Do not try to save it. The peroxide continues to break down and will cause a sealed container to burst and it will break down to just soapy water over time anyway.
I keep all these ingredients in the truck anytime I have foothold traps set along with a plastic bucket to mix it in when needed.
You can bathe dogs with this solution as well but you need to keep it out of their eyes.
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