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Just putting this out there to see what everyone's using for scent elimination. Im looking for what people are using to wash their clothes and what people are using in the field. With our local gander mountain shutting down, I will be ordering my products online so I figured before I do any ordering I would see what other people are using.

The past couple years I've used a mix of baking soda and DDW to wash my clothes in. I feel like I have had good success using this, never really had any problems to note.

In the field I've always sprayed down with Stonycreek Whitetails Odor Nuker. I don't believe I will be switching away from this stuff, its a local company and I have had great results with it.

That being said, I am open to any and all suggestions. I've just kind of stuck to the same routine over the past couple years and haven't really paid much attention to anything else.

Thanks in advance for the info.
 

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yeah I wash my clothes in baking soda and then I put some sent sticks in with the clothes in a bin, no troubles yet....pull the clothes out and they smell like the woods....
 
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Pretty much the same here as well. Mid September I'll wash all my clothing for archery season, warm to cold gear. Hang it out to dry for a day and it goes into a bin with a scent wafer. Been using the HS products for years. The "Fresh Earth" wafer is what I use. Generally get like 3 years out of a wafer. I don't keep the wafer in the bin all year long. Maybe a few days here and a few days there. I typically spray my boots when I am ready to head into the woods, but that's about it. Simple works for me. Everyone has their own thing they like to do and that's what makes the scent elimination business a booming one.

Good thread thought because I am interested to read what others do.
 

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Careful when using your washing machine. If you are using the same washing machine that is used to wash your 'everyday' clothes, there is still traces are laundry detergent that could get on your hunting clothes. This year I plan on washing my hunting clothes by hand using a plastic tote with scent killer detergent in it. When I'm not hunting though, my clothes are hanging on the clothes line or sealed in a scent eliminator bag.
I've always wanted to try the "Smoking" method for my hunting clothes but I havent had the time to. I will say though, the best method for scent elimination that I have found is knowing which way the wind is blowing.
 

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I have never washed an outer hunting garment, and as a matter of fact I don't remember the last time I washed my mid layers either. Even blood soaked pant legs will dry up, flake off, and be odorless with time.
Since switching to 100% merino base layers, I can hunt the entire season in the same base layers without washing them if I want to. They just do not hold odor like synthetics and cotton do. If I sweat heavily in my base layers I will wash them by hand in cold water with baking soda.

I'll hang my clothes to air dry and add fresh hemlock boughs to the container a few times through the season. The last couple of years I've been leaving the cap of my Evercalm stick when inside my clothing container. My clothes smell like a deer bedding in the hemlocks. I'll take that.

I've just never had much of an issue with getting winded. It happens, but not often.
I think some people just stink worse than other.
 

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Each September I take my archery clothes out of my storage cabinet, wash them in Dead Down Wind or Baking Soda, hang them on the line to air dry for a few sunny days and place them in bags with leaves that are turning to fall colors. I like leaves with strong odor like maple. I rotate my hunting clothes after each hunt and hang them back out on the line after they are worn. I only wash them again, if they are worn on hot sweaty days. Then from the line back to leave bags if leaves are still available, if not I put them in air tight bags with an Earth Scent Wafers.

I have used Earth scent wafers hung on my hat while hunting since they first come out. I have about 2 dozen containers of 3 ea. I rotate them over the years. I still have some from the 80's which are strong. I find when they are stored in the air tight containers they came in they build back up in strength over time and can be reused for many years.

I do use Dead Down Wind spray, but mostly on my tree stand material, safety belts/vest and etc. that I can't store on the line because I am hunting with them each day. I do not like to use these sprays on my clothes because I believe in the essence of the leaves and wish to keep that scent on my clothes as long and strong as possible. I have accumulated a lot of archery hunting clothes over the years so I can hunt a lot of days with the benefit of having leaf scent clothing well into to the season but when this runs out and I am still hunting I tend to use the Dead Down Wind on my outer clothing especially if I am spending traveling time in my vehicle.

I do have some Scent Loc clothing which I have been wearing when I have taken most of my archery deer; however they are very old and I doubt they are currently any better scent killing quality then the cheap camo I have purchased over the years on sale or at discount stores. I just seem to be lucky when wearing them and they are quality garments and after numerous hunts they are in tip top shape. I believe the airing and natural leave scent is what works best for me and it is cheap.

Over the years I have purchased several sets of camo and a lot of under shirts, socks and warm underwear which I change every day or for the evening hunt in warm weather.

I shower down with scent elimination soap and use scent free deodorant each and every trip into the woods unless at a camp where facilities are not available in which case I wash with elimination soap and spray my body with Dead Down Wind then put on my air dried leaf odor hunting clothes. At home I have hunting towels which are also washed with scent elimination laundry soap.

Some may think this is too much for them; however, I am the type of guy who would rather be an hour early in a tree stand than one minute late. I have been doing this for a few decades, so it is second nature to me.

Last year I had 29 different bucks walk under or near my tree stand locations before I shot a 10 point on Halloween.

My way is not the only way and I am interested in what others have to reply. Good post to share valued information.
 

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I have always washed my clothes with scent killer detergent and then kept in a scent free bag with the autumn scent wafer inside. Well, these days it's actually wash, permethrin treatment, hang dry, bag with wafer.
 

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"Careful when using your washing machine. If you are using the same washing machine that is used to wash your 'everyday' clothes, there is still traces are laundry detergent that could get on your hunting clothes."

One way to avoid this from happening is to use scent free detergent for regular washing. I can't stand any of the scented stuff many seem to use to wash their clothes in.
 

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i have found out that washing your clothes in any unscented laundry detergent and placing them in a big contractors garbage bag with baking soda works great.

when i place them in the bag i put in two or three articles then sprinkle with baking soda and repeat until i have all the bowhunting clothes in there, then i grab the top of the bag real tight leaving air in the bag and shake it up real well. then i get as much air out of the bag as possible twist the top closed and store my clothes that way.

works great and a lot cheaper than all that "have to have" commercialized stuff the big wigs on tv tell you, you must have or you wont kill deer.
 

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I think most of the the anti sent product are just made to take money out of our pockets I fell into using them for a while then went back to what I did for yrs and yrs
wash a load of house towels in baking soda twice then wash my hunting clothes in mid sept hang em out side . they stay out till I put them on .I use unsented lye soap and go hunting I do use a spray too . And hunt the wind 100% of the time
 

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Here is the trick most guys do not even think about. You can absolutely clean a washing machine before putting your hunting clothes in. Most modern machines have a bin clean feature and will literally clean out the machine of everything that had a smell. Cleaning the load tray for the detergent helps too. But DDW does have a smell to it and a limited shelf life for all of their products. I switched to scent killer products and never looked back. DDW does have a bad smell to it anymore.
 

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These are some great tips. I don't fully trust hunting specific detergent to clean my clothes so I use regular laundry detergent that is scent free. It has a tiny bit of scent but I do a second quick wash with bake soda. I also don't like the specific hunting deodorant that's odorless- I don't think it works well so I use arm and hammer scent free deodorant from Walmart. A boot dryer for your boots is very important- and using it after every hunt is important.
I also only wear very light layers to my stand so not to sweat on way in. It makes a huge difference and is so much more comfortable sitting in stand with completely dry base layers. Even a little bit of sweat has bacteria that multiplies and stinks by end of day.
The toughest part about being scent free is that you can spend lots of time doing all the right things and one little slip somewhere is enough to ruin all the work you did. I personally believe wearing hunt clothes in vehicle picks up a ton of scent. Touch your steering wheel and then touch your pants and you just transferred gasoline smell to your clothes and many other scents from throughout the year. The smell of your coffee is another, one im not willing to give up. I use a scent wipe to wipe my face hands and arms once I park... And I'll gargle some hydrogen peroxide.
Last, or first, I make sure I am not hunting anywhere close to anyone.. Nothing worse than doing all these things only to smell someones cigarette while in your stand! Predator hunting has made me a little obsessive about scent prevention but I believe it all has a huge payoff.
 

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also when I get to my spot I clear out any and all leaves and such in a 3' circle down to the earth, then all I smell is dirt....
 

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"Careful when using your washing machine. If you are using the same washing machine that is used to wash your 'everyday' clothes, there is still traces are laundry detergent that could get on your hunting clothes."

One way to avoid this from happening is to use scent free detergent for regular washing. I can't stand any of the scented stuff many seem to use to wash their clothes in.
what about uv brighteners that may be in wifes regular soap?
 

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what about uv brighteners that may be in wifes regular soap?
i think the arm and hammer brand doesnt have anything added to it. i also think the UV stuff is a scam. think about it. if we all glowed like they show in the ad. those deer would think it was an alien invasion. i dont use anything besides store bought scent free and dye free laundry detergent and have had deer walk with in feet of me.

i must not glow in the UV spectrum or it doesnt bother deer.
 

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I bought a black light years ago and did some testing. I washed my clothes in my wives different laundry detergents/baking soda/hunting laundry detergents (No UV brighteners), and I tested Sent Lok, name brand hunting clothes and camo clothing I bought at discount stores.

I found none of them emitted any sufficient glow.
 

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Got rained out mowing lawns today. Let the wife drag me out to the Harrisburg Ollie's. They had a bunch of Scent Blocker/Scent Blocker Trinity products. Bar soap $2.99, laundry soap $4.99qt., combo-pack scent killer $5.99 64oz., permethrin spray $3.99 can. They had shampoo, etc., can't remember all the prices. Grabbed one of those 22X Tactical Flash lights for $5.99. High, medium, low, strobe, and SOS mode, with a zoom head. Lots of led lights, head lamps, etc.
 

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dgc;2522025[B said:
]I think most of the the anti sent product are just made to take money out of our pockets[/B] I fell into using them for a while then went back to what I did for yrs and yrs
wash a load of house towels in baking soda twice then wash my hunting clothes in mid sept hang em out side . they stay out till I put them on .I use unsented lye soap and go hunting I do use a spray too . And hunt the wind 100% of the time
If the wind isn't in your favor the deer are very likely to smell you no matter what you are using. Now that being said I do many of the same things. I have even put my close and boots in with a few apples! But I remember watching a show where they used different scent blockers from head to toe and had a blood hound see if he could find the human. It never even slowed the dog down. Now I don't know if a deer can smell like a blood hound and I think the less scent the better but it all comes down to the wind mostly.
 
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