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    Default How to get smell out of synthetics

    What have you guys found works the best for getting smell out of your hunting clothes? I have some older Sitka gear and under armour base layers. Mostly polyester stuff, just can't get the stench out! Any ideas??

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    I've never been able to do it. I switched to merino wool and no more problems.


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    Try non-detergent Tech-Wash ... NicWax

    also Apple Cider vinegar ... make sure it's Apple Cider. Don't dryer dry but hang out to dry and air out.

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    a match works, but only once, then its back to the store for more.

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    For my running/workout clothes I use Tide Sport. It works well, but it certainly isn't scent free. You'll smell pretty. Skinny Raven sell a detergent designed for running clothes, that sweaty polyester smell is tough to combat for sure.

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    A good long (3 days) soak in baking soda and water. Gets the deep stained blood out too. We use a 5 gallon bucket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akjeff View Post
    A good long (3 days) soak in baking soda and water. Gets the deep stained blood out too. We use a 5 gallon bucket.
    Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate I believe) neutralizes almost all smells. That why people put it in their refrigerators. I believe it is the active ingredient in all the commercially sold scent killer products. I would try that first. What kind of smell is it? Is it BO or is it from the fabric itself? A lot of it depends on what the smell came from too. I know tomato juice takes out the smell of a skunk. I would imagine if it works for a skunk it would work on other smells too. After you wash it, hang it outside to get the smell of fresh air on it.

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    The match first, then merino wool for the rest of your life.
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    Oxygen bleach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRWNBR View Post
    The match first, then merino wool for the rest of your life.
    Worked for me!

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    What smell...lol you only smell that when all cleaned up at home.. If you do things right while out in the field the smell magically goes away..(kind of dog can smell his own crap sort of thing). but I pretty much just wash normal and leave in the tote till the next hunt

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    Nikwax tech wash is made just for this issue. It works great and doesn't leave you smelling too pretty.

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    Why worry about it? Its backcountry gear, after the first day, you don't notice anymore. Kind of goes with the territory.
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