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Pickleodeon
09-24-2009, 19:50
I made it. But, my gear reeks. Horribly. I've washed my down bag, at the laundromat of course, and it's better than it was.

My pack though, man, it's awful. I've had it sitting outside on the porch and in the sun for about a week and it still smells. Is there a way to get rid of the stink? You can't wash a pack very well. Any ideas, past thruhikers?

boarstone
09-24-2009, 20:02
Go to Sam's club or whatever you have....check in the cleaning section for gallon of stuff called Odor Ban. Use as directed. DON"T use more than the label states, more is NOT better w/this stuff. Repeated washes will work better than one dose of over indulgence. If all else fails, look for a odor killer for kennels in local hardware store or your local farm store.

Just a Hiker
09-24-2009, 20:09
I fill up my bathtub and add Nikwax Tech Wash (as directed), and then I just keep dunking the pack over and over into the water. I do this for about 20 minutes, then I rinse the pack in the shower and hang it to dry. I am always amazed at how black the water gets and how dirty the pack actually was. Good luck.

Wags
09-24-2009, 20:10
you can try adding a cup of white vinegar to your laundry. that really helps out w/ my stuff

Wags
09-24-2009, 20:17
WOW glad to see you made it pick!

max patch
09-24-2009, 20:22
Blast it at a car wash.

Pickleodeon
09-24-2009, 20:25
hm, some good ideas. Thank ya!

Sleepy the Arab
09-24-2009, 21:59
Accept it, and learn to enjoy it.

I'm serious. If you got the hiker blood in ya it would well be the best thing to realize, as the scent is never going away.

Jack Tarlin
09-24-2009, 22:20
Around nine years ago, some godforsaken wretch put a big ole maggoty groundhog in my pack at Trail Days.

Didn't find it til the weekend was over. :eek:

Got a roll of quarters and a humungous thing of Febreeze and took the pack to the do-it-yourself car wash.

Took awhile, but it worked.

Lone Wolf
09-24-2009, 22:21
big daddy was his name

sbhikes
09-24-2009, 23:20
If your pack is frameless you can put it in the wash. Then line dry.

saimyoji
09-24-2009, 23:22
big daddy was his name

the ground hog or the car wash?

Jayboflavin04
09-24-2009, 23:45
congrats...the sweet smell of victory!!!:p

Trailweaver
09-25-2009, 01:23
You could also try to put some cat litter into a large plastic garbage bag and put your bag in with it, seal it up for a week or so, and see what happens. When a freezer goes out and the food goes bad inside, putting cat litter into the freezer for a week is what is recommended to absorb rotten food odor. It needs to be a good quality clay litter.

crazypete
09-25-2009, 10:20
Get a large contractor trash bag big enough to hold the pack and empty an entire jug of fast orange in there and toss your pack in. Add enough water to give the pumice some mobility and let it soak. Then knead it around a bit, let it sit some more and viola! Your pack will be squeeky dry.

I used this method to banish all kinds of
1. skunk smell
2. oil
3. rotten smells.

It works like magic. You might need to nikwax the pack to restore the waterproofing.

beakerman
09-25-2009, 11:34
Get a large contractor trash bag big enough to hold the pack and empty an entire jug of fast orange in there and toss your pack in. Add enough water to give the pumice some mobility and let it soak. Then knead it around a bit, let it sit some more and viola! Your pack will be squeeky dry.

I used this method to banish all kinds of
1. skunk smell
2. oil
3. rotten smells.

It works like magic. You might need to nikwax the pack to restore the waterproofing.


It must be magic because you go from soaking a pack in a bag full of water to squeaky dry (what is squeaky dry? I've heard of squeaky clean but not dry) without ever taking it out, rinsing the detergent off or anything...or am I missing something?

thecaptain
09-25-2009, 11:45
try "dead down wind" it's what hunters use to wash their clothes in.....used it on my dog who got into something dead worked great

crazypete
09-25-2009, 12:09
It must be magic because you go from soaking a pack in a bag full of water to squeaky dry (what is squeaky dry? I've heard of squeaky clean but not dry) without ever taking it out, rinsing the detergent off or anything...or am I missing something?


Well, I figured the rinsing off (in the shower) and hanging it up to dry was obvious =)

I was just pointing out the grease/oil/grunge cutting power of fast orange

cravj1988
09-25-2009, 13:18
Unfortunatly, the smell is locked into the molecular structure of the fibers used to make your pack. However, it does not penitrate the whole fiber, just the outside. Like the outside of a radish that is red, but the inside is white. As aposed to a carrot. Oxidation works fairly well to remove odor, and the outer surface of the fiber. Good luck and Congradulations on your hike!

The viniger idea is probably one of the best in the thread, basically it is an acid rinse. You could use more than one cup though. To actually get the smell out of the pack the fibers need to be oxidized, which is degredation from the outside in. Basically stripping the outer surface of the fiber away. It slightly degrades the physical properties, but it is worth it. Oxiclean comes to mind, but is expensive. I used a rubbermaid bin with about 5 gallons of really hot water to soak my pack when I finished. Add at least 10 bottles of hydrogen per oxide, 1 cup of desolved table salt, and 1/4 cup of dish deturgent as a surfactant. Wash the pack and let it soak over night, then rinse and hang to dry.

When I thru-hiked I usually added 2 bottles of hydrogen per oxide in the wash to rinse my clothes when doing laundry. After one rinse cycle, I would drain the water and then throw in the detergent for a full wash cycle.

beakerman
09-25-2009, 15:10
Well, I figured the rinsing off (in the shower) and hanging it up to dry was obvious =)

I was just pointing out the grease/oil/grunge cutting power of fast orange

I was just giving you a hard time. I guess I thought the ";)" was obvious....

beakerman
09-25-2009, 15:16
try a storage bin or big ziplock bag with about a cup full of activated charcoal in a small fine mesh bag like the foot cut off a pair of pantyhose or something. Let it sit in the warmest spot you can find. The activated charcoal is extremely good at locking up odors and having it warm makes the fibers outgas more of the stank.

this technique will not damage any of hte fibers nor require washing/rinsing/drying--unless you mess up with the activated charcoal and dump it in your bag--then you have a real mess on your hands but a little common sense will avoid that. I suggest the granulated stuff for fish tanks because it is very clean to start with.

beakerman
09-25-2009, 15:17
geeze i need to be able to edit--you put the charcoal/pantyhose bag in the big ziplock with your pack....blah blah blah...

wheatus
10-11-2009, 16:59
find someone with a steam cleaner and pay them to clean your pack. a good machine and someone who knows how to operate it can get about anything out.

Not Sunshine
10-11-2009, 17:24
I have a friend with 2 cats (who also works more than full time and has a slightly lazy husband who won't clean up after said cats).

They SWEAR by these lava rocks - they evidently absorb odor - and are otherwise completely odorless (and, evidently allergen FREE).

I did a google search and came up with this link, but see what you can find. For $10, I may invest in a bag myself - wrap up my raingear in it and i bet things would get a lot better in my hiking closet!

http://www.achooallergy.com/basement-odor-eliminator.asp

Not Sunshine
10-11-2009, 17:29
I have a friend with 2 cats (who also works more than full time and has a slightly lazy husband who won't clean up after said cats).

They SWEAR by these lava rocks - they evidently absorb odor - and are otherwise completely odorless (and, evidently allergen FREE).

I did a google search and came up with this link, but see what you can find. For $10, I may invest in a bag myself - wrap up my raingear in it and i bet things would get a lot better in my hiking closet!

http://www.achooallergy.com/basement-odor-eliminator.asp


Actually, this looks like a better link:
http://www.allergystore.com/odorcontrol.htm

Egads
10-11-2009, 19:11
Around nine years ago, some godforsaken wretch put a big ole maggoty groundhog in my pack at Trail Days.

Didn't find it til the weekend was over. :eek:

Got a roll of quarters and a humungous thing of Febreeze and took the pack to the do-it-yourself car wash.

Took awhile, but it worked.


Why would anyone do something like that to you Jack?:confused:

Connie
10-12-2009, 15:59
Sink the Stink, sold at dive shops. Let enzymes digest the stink.

I have another one. I have to get into "storage" to find the name: Penguin brand Sport Wash.

Pickleodeon
10-12-2009, 17:25
I tried the Odoban, it's made for pet odors, sold at Wal-mart. It now smells kind of perfume-y and not so great, but better than stinky.

highfisher
10-13-2009, 02:37
white vinegar and lemon juice, if that doesn't work, maybe a clothes pin an hike into the wind.. goodluck!