Apr 22, 2009 at 9:59 am #1235792
Pat RabunBPL Member
What do y`all do to get "hiker smell" out of your packs? I have a pack that is distinctly ripe and I need to clean it. I`ve heard Woolite and vinegar mixed works well. Any ideas?Apr 22, 2009 at 1:21 pm #1496232
@davecLocale: The West Slope
Take it to the drive-in car wash. Blast it with soap, then really blast it clean with plain water. I presume most of the funk is living in the harness padding, and in my experience this is the only thing which gets into that well.
Some of those 5 oz packs might not hold up to this, tho. ;)Apr 22, 2009 at 1:24 pm #1496233
M GBPL Member
I hear that "Douche" can help remove stink from a pack or from mildewy smelling tents, and other gear. Have not tried this myself however.Apr 22, 2009 at 2:00 pm #1496242
@mn-backpackerLocale: Land of 12,000 Loons
I can see somebody in line at the grocery story with douche, vaseline, and a condom trying to explain themselves.
"Uhhhh, well the condom is an emergency water container, the vaseline is to make tinder from cotton balls, and the douche is for my backpack, which has some odor to it."Apr 22, 2009 at 4:10 pm #1496276
@benwoodLocale: flatlands of MO
now that was funny!!!!Apr 22, 2009 at 4:10 pm #1496277
Piper S.BPL Member
@sbhikesLocale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
My G4 has velcro on the shoulder straps. You're supposed to stuff your extra socks in there for padding. Instead, I'm going to try stuffing white sage in there for stink resistance. So far so good. At least the pack smells more like sage than stink.Apr 22, 2009 at 7:48 pm #1496338
Many of us used this with our kayaking equipment, as it would get a nasty wet river smell. I recently did it with a pack. Just find a container big enough to submerge your pack in and fill it with water and add a little vinegar. You don't need a lot of vinegar. For a 54 gallon kayak that I filled completely with water and stuffed all my gear into to clean when i filled with water I only put like a pint of vinegar if even that much.
Vinegar and water will do the trick with just about anything stinky :)
I also have tried washing them in the washing machine with extra tide and oxiclean and then spraying some febreeze and the hiker stink still was overpowering.Apr 23, 2009 at 9:41 am #1496460
I don't. Revel in the glory of a well-used pack…Apr 23, 2009 at 10:20 am #1496470
@vickrhinesLocale: Central Texas
1. Don't take it to a car wash. The high pressure can delaminate the polyurethane coating whether you use detergent or not.
2. McNett's Mirazyme was developed for deodorizing wetsuits and other sports gear. It works even for seriously rancid pack straps after a 5-month hike. Vinegar is the next best choice, but use very low concentrations; acid degrades nylon.Apr 23, 2009 at 10:54 am #1496492
Pat RabunBPL Member
Thanks everyone! Great ideas here. I tried the vinegar and it appears to have removed most of the smell. Hope I didn`t use too much….
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