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Any ideas to get fish oil smell out of harness?


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Joshua1979 · · Colorado Springs, CO · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 15

Had some fish oil caps in my pocket bust open and now my harness smells like a cannery. Any ideas on something that will take the smell away but not damage the fabric? Was thinking of just leaving outside in the sun for a couple days but I'm not sure that will cut it.

ze dirtbag · · Tahoe · Joined Jun 2012 · Points: 50

hang one of those febreeze things on it. have you seen the commercials?....that shit is magic

NorCalNomad · · San Francisco · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 105

Hand wash maybe.

Tom-onator · · trollfreesociety · Joined Feb 2010 · Points: 790

Fill the kitchen sink or a 5gal. bucket with warm water.
Add enough Dawn dishwashing soap to make the water a little sudsy.
Agitate your harmess in this solution for several minutes then rinse thoroughly.
Hang dry outside, out of direct sunlight.
Dawn is the safest cleaner/degreaser out there.
That's why first responders use it to clean the wildlife after an oil spill.
I used it once to clean creosote oil that my Akitas got into on a hike along the railroad tracks.
That was a sticky stinky mess.

Tyler Tylerson · · The Swamp · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 20
Tom-o Erectus wrote:Fill the kitchen sink or a 5gal. bucket with warm water. Add enough Dawn dishwashing soap to make the water a little sudsy. Agitate your harmess in this solution for several minutes then rinse thoroughly. Hang dry outside, out of direct sunlight. Dawn is the safest cleaner/degreaser out there. That's why first responders use it to clean the wildlife after an oil spill. I used it once to clean creosote oil that my Akitas got into on a hike along the railroad tracks. That was a sticky stinky mess.
They use dawn on them little ducks in the commercials, good stuff!
Dan Felix · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2012 · Points: 35

Lemon juice will likely take out the smell if Dawn doesn't. But I don't know how lemon juice impacts nylon......

jonathan.lipkin · · Brooklyn, NY · Joined Dec 2012 · Points: 70

I once spent some time on a lobster boat, and the bait - rotting fish - made my backpack stink to high heaven. I sprayed it with someting, which I forget as it was about ten years ago, but what helped the most was to leave it out in the sun for a day or two.

ian watson · · Albuquerque, NM · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 240

smelling like fish in Colorado = Yer Gonna Die

sorry I have no valuable advice.

Cor · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 1,460

Patchouli oil. But then the hippies will flock to your side.
They could be even harder to get rid of! ;D

John Farrell · · Phoenix, AZ · Joined Jan 2009 · Points: 85
Joshua1979 wrote:Had some fish oil caps in my pocket bust open and now my harness smells like a cannery. Any ideas on something that will take the smell away but not damage the fabric? Was thinking of just leaving outside in the sun for a couple days but I'm not sure that will cut it.
Well, go Canyoneering with it, that will probably get rid of it, it might stink like canyon water, though.

amazon.com/dp/B001SBMLAM

I have had really good luck with that product for removing stink. I haven't tried it on fish oil, but many other things. Put your harness in a trash bag with that can open, seal it up, give it a day or so, and it probably will be gone. I imagine it would be wise to clean off the oil first.

If in doubt, contact the harness manufacturer and see their suggestions for cleaning the harness with anything other than water.
D Stevenson · · Escalange, UT · Joined Dec 2010 · Points: 25

My standard gear detox:

Rope wash and shower temperture water, then leave it outside in the shade to dry. Make sure it's TOTALLY DRY, then put it in a freezer bag with a dryer sheet, then into the freezer for a week... Although the freezer for a week may not be necessary-- the cold kills bacteria and works wonders on getting canyon funk out of gear, but if it's fish oil there's nothing to kill. Dryer sheets work wonders with smells.

Joshua1979 · · Colorado Springs, CO · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 15

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll give some of these a shot.

Tim Stich · · Colorado Springs, Colorado · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 1,470
Dan Felix wrote:Lemon juice will likely take out the smell if Dawn doesn't. But I don't know how lemon juice impacts nylon......
You want to avoid exposing nylon to any acids, although citric acid is not very strong in the whole scheme of things. Soap and water would be best.
Joshua1979 · · Colorado Springs, CO · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 15

ya I was planning on avoiding the lemon juice.. I used vinegar and lemon juice to remove the smell from the shorts I was wearing but figured either wouldn't be a good idea on the harness. Prob gonna go with the dawn and sunlight and if that doesn't work just keep it as an extra special loaner harness for my friends & fam.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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