There is some confusion here. Dawn is a liquid sufactant for getting oil off ducks in a spill, and would not be of much help in removing skunk spray. Hydrogen Peroxide is mild enough for pets - but can discolour hair, and is moderatly effective. An Odor remover as I recommended above with an ingredient with Triclosan will destroy chemically any bacteria, Triclosan is used in hospitals for flesh eating bacteria, it is used in toothpaste to destroy Halitosis. It is used in better products for human scent removal.I did some asking around beforehand and the consensus was that a mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide, some baking soda, and 1-2tsp of blue dawn was the best option. I just didn't think the cat would tolerate it.0I've used a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and Dawn dish detergent on a couple of Scouts and their equipment after such skunk experiences.
Triclosan is an antibacterial. It is a phenol, not an oxidizer. It has no direct effect on thiols by themselves, but has an effect on cells whose walls are thiol composed/dependent. Thiols are not bacteria. Oxidization effects thiols. Bad breath is due to bacteria. Skunk spray stinks because of chemicals, not living organisms....a thiol is a sulfur analog of alcohol, not a living organism.