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    Not sure if I have this in the right spot, but it is sort of trapping related! Anybody have any ideas on how to get the smell of beaver fat/castor out of a pair of Carhartts? Made contact with the hide when I was fleshing it last week, and it's coming back to bite me now. Washed them twice and soaked them in detergent for an hour, and still nothing. It's not exactly an enjoyable smell, IMO, haha! Any strange tricks that may be worth a shot? Thank you guys!
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    Hello Ryan. When I was about your age I accidentally trapped a skunk and managed to get some of the nasty essence on my clothes. Tomato juice was the ticket with removing that smell. I would imagine anything that can remove the smell of a skunk would be good enough for cats and beaver castor right? If that doesn't work try mixing up a bath of baking soda and warm water. Baking soda works great as a neutralizer of smells. In fact, I heard the major active ingredient in most of those scent killer products is just pure baking soda. Good luck.

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    I can vouch that a large quantity of tomato juice will deskunk a black lab. Can't speak to it's effectiveness on beaver.

    At least one of the 'scent killers' I'm familiar with (Nature's Miracle) utilize enzymes to break down the odor causing compounds. Based on my experience with it, I would wager it would indeed do the trick, but it's pretty expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK A's Fan View Post
    Not sure if I have this in the right spot, but it is sort of trapping related! Anybody have any ideas on how to get the smell of beaver fat/castor out of a pair of Carhartts? Made contact with the hide when I was fleshing it last week, and it's coming back to bite me now. Washed them twice and soaked them in detergent for an hour, and still nothing. It's not exactly an enjoyable smell, IMO, haha! Any strange tricks that may be worth a shot? Thank you guys!
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    Boil them outside for a while?

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    I think I would dedicate them to the skinning shed duties and buy another pair for work.
    You can try soaking them in baking soda and then washing them in that as well and hang out to air for a day or two....
    Trapping is a bit like painting - doesn't hurt to have special cloths set aside for the job!
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    Adding a quart of Coke to the washing machine takes away Deisel smell, maybe it will work for beaver smells.

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    A few months ago I was skinning some otters and got their grease on one of my shirts. It was a horrible smell that I couldn't get rid of. I washed my shirt about 3 times and still couldn't get it out. I then added Iron Out to the load of laundry and it took it right out. You can find Iron Out at the store. I typically use it to remove blood stains but in this case it also did the job for the otter stench.

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    Why do you want to get rid of it? Wear it proudly. A little castor behind the ear really attracts the ladies...........but muskrat is even better!!
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    On top of what's already been stated, better make sure you do so before you go back home to the old lady the next morning!

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