Getting the smell out

Scottyboy

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I recently got a second hand Kifaru 14’r that has a dryer sheet and or scented detergent smell to it. I’ve had it outside in the wind, rain, garage etc for a few weeks with no luck. Then set it in the lake for a few hours on a windy day to keep water moving over/threw it and it still has the smell.

Not a huge deal, I just much prefer a neutral smelling pack that doesn’t smell like downy “clean earth” or whatever else they use as I try to minimize my scent as most of my hunts are closer range (Midwest stand hunting)

Any hints, tips or tricks to get my bag smelling like....nothing (cordura/fabric smell is fine, just not the scented sheet/soap smell)?
 

kata2012

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Do you have access to an ozone machine? That will get the smell out.

Also, I have a buddy that swears by packing his hunting gear in a plastic tote with leaves and dirt from the area he hunts. Not sure you want to do that with your pack, but it seems to work well for him.

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Scottyboy

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Do you have access to an ozone machine? That will get the smell out.

Also, I have a buddy that swears by packing his hunting gear in a plastic tote with leaves and dirt from the area he hunts. Not sure you want to do that with your pack, but it seems to work well for him.

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I don’t have access to an ozone machine but I’m going to check them out, if they don’t cost a whole bunch I will pick one up
 

Mosby

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I soak my pack in the tub in hot water and no scent soap every couple of years to get sweat and blood out. I let it soak over night and the water is usually pretty discolored by morning. I then rinse it thoroughly and air dry on a clothes line for a couple of days on my porch. I think it helps and would be the first thing I would do to a used pack.
 

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Not sure what that is, but will look into it. Appreciate it!
Yea man. It is not a bad thing to keep around the house, it has many, many uses.

I use it for work occasionally to remove strong odors. But I can’t say I have ever used it on a fabric, so obviously you would want to do a small test spot but the label says it’s safe for all fabric.

Good luck.
 

owengohunt

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I've always used scented Earth wafers inside a plastic tub with my pack and has always gotten rid of whatever smell and replaced it with the scent of earth.
 

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Break some fresh pine twigs and seal up in a tub or contractor bag. Repeat a few times and it should take care of the smell. And it doesn't cost you anything.
 

hikenhunt

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I had something similar with a second hand pack. It will eventually dissipate on its own, but if you want it gone faster, the ozone suggestion would probably work best. A cheaper option would be to fill your tub with warm water and dump a whole box of baking soda in it. Agitate every 10-20 minutes and let it soak for a few hours or overnight. After you dry it out, I'd try the suggestion of fresh pine twigs in a plastic tub for a better "fresh" scent. Good luck!
 

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Check out Scent Lok portable ozone generator. I paid about $50 for mine, it is rechargeable, and is about as big as 2 packs of cigarettes. You can put it in a tote with your pack, or anything else and turn it on. It will remove all of the odors. I put it in my Wife's car after we transported some fried seafood. The smell was overwhelming, but after about 2 hours of running the Ozonator, the car almost smelled new again-no trace of seafood smell.
You have to be careful with the Ozone, it will destroy any rubber products after extended exposure.
 
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Laelkhunter

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I recently got a second hand Kifaru 14’r that has a dryer sheet and or scented detergent smell to it. I’ve had it outside in the wind, rain, garage etc for a few weeks with no luck. Then set it in the lake for a few hours on a windy day to keep water moving over/threw it and it still has the smell.

Not a huge deal, I just much prefer a neutral smelling pack that doesn’t smell like downy “clean earth” or whatever else they use as I try to minimize my scent as most of my hunts are closer range (Midwest stand hunting)

Any hints, tips or tricks to get my bag smelling like....nothing (cordura/fabric smell is fine, just not the scented sheet/soap smell)?
The Scent Lok Ozone generator is on sale at Camofire.com for $50 It works well, and is rechargeable through it's USB port. I have used mine many times, and highly recommend it for neutralizing odors.
 

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Surfer and dirt bike rider here. If you've ever smelled a nasty wetsuit or damp riding gear that's been sitting in a hot truck overnight, you know how much that can stink. We just wash it with a couple cups of vinegar in the washer works every time.
 
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Scottyboy

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The Scent Lok Ozone generator is on sale at Camofire.com for $50 It works well, and is rechargeable through it's USB port. I have used mine many times, and highly recommend it for neutralizing odors.
Thanks, just ordered a Ozone unit. Appreciate the help!
 

ncavi8tor

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Stuff it full of black and white newspapers and leave it for a couple of weeks. That will help a bunch! I have used that to get the cigarette smell out of used cars and you would be surprised how well it works!

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fatlander

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You can get a cheap (less than 30 bucks) ozone generator that plugs in a cigarette lighter outlet on amazon. Put the pack in your rig and let it run. It will also make your vehicles smell like new. Win, win.


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hikenhunt

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Stuff it full of black and white newspapers and leave it for a couple of weeks. That will help a bunch! I have used that to get the cigarette smell out of used cars and you would be surprised how well it works!

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I used to do that trick with newspaper when I was growing up with my soccer cleats, especially when they got wet. The newspaper would wick the moisture overnight and I never had a problem with stink.
 
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