Storing Hunting Clothes in Cedar
It is time to put away your clothes for the season. You can get a jump on next season by storing your clothes properly. There are many resources at the major outdoor stores, but a readily available and inexpensive method is to pack clothes in airtight containers with cedar chips or hanging them alongside cedar sachets.
Removing scent has been a technique employed by hunters for hundreds of years. Game animals such as deer are intelligent creatures, and have a keen sense of smell. Done, correctly brings the hunt to the hunter. There are manufactured products that can prove expensive with marginal results. Some of the most convenient and economical solutions come from nature. Cedar is one of the very best of nature’s scent blocks.
First of all, if you didn’t prep your clothes last season, a good base preparation is in order. Usually a good thing…clothes retain residue from laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and bleach. Wash your clothes correctly. Before washing, run the washing machine once with only water on the hot with an extra rinse cycle and then once replacing your normal laundry products with pure baking soda.
The best options for drying the clothes are to line dry or hang them outside to keep them from gathering more scent from the dryer. It also gives them a chance to pick up a little outdoor scent.
Cedar cover scent can be made at home. A Roundup based company, Pine Cones Plus, is a perfect resource for hunter’s cedar chips, cedar sachets and has a great recipe for a cedar scent block spray using the chips.
If you want to drop some cash, major outdoor stores offer carbon bags for storing clothes, carbon enriched dryer sheets and fabric softeners. Carbon is a natural neutralizing agent and rapidly soaks up any scent and would be ideal for soaking up the rich cedar aroma.
Want get more serious about blocking scent? Another method is to layer the clothes with cheesecloth, dirt and cedar in an airtight container or vacuum storage bag.
- If using a container, put down a layer of cheesecloth.
- Add the folded clothes and layer dirt and cedar chips in between each layer.
- Finish up by removing all of the air from the storage bag or securing the lid.
- Store the container somewhere out of the way, where it will remain undisturbed until your next trip.
The longer the clothes stay locked away with the dirt and cedar, the better.