Tips for Odor-Free Tanning: How to Get Rid of the Smell After Fleshing the Meat

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    @Shaden: If you've already removed all the flesh from the hide but it still has a smell, there are a few things you can try to help eliminate the odor during the tanning process.

    First, make sure you thoroughly clean the hide before tanning. Use a mild detergent or a specialized hide-cleaning product to remove any remaining oils, blood, or other contaminants. Rinse the hide well to ensure all the cleaning agents are removed.

    After cleaning, you can try using a deodorizing agent such as baking soda or activated charcoal. Sprinkle a generous amount of either substance onto the hide and allow it to sit for several hours or overnight. Then, brush off the powder and proceed with the tanning process.

    Another option is to use a natural odor-absorbing substance like coffee grounds or tea leaves. Place the hide in a container with a layer of coffee grounds or tea leaves, then seal the container and let it sit for a day or two. The coffee or tea should help absorb the odor.

    Lastly, consider using a tanning solution that contains odor-neutralizing ingredients. Some commercial tanning products are specifically designed to reduce or eliminate unpleasant smells during the tanning process. Look for products that mention odor SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Jesse's avatar

    What method are you using? Brain, bark, egg? Once it’s dry, it shouldn’t smell. You could try smoking the hide too.

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    @Jesse brain

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    @Jesse it’s a raccoon it might the grease so I’m going to rehydrate it and and wash it some more with a degreaser

  • Jesse's avatar

    @Shaden Brain does have a lot of fat. Work the hide good to get not only dried out, but soft. Then smoke it. That should do the trick.

  • Jesse's avatar

    @Shaden That’s a great idea. I use Dawn dish soap.

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