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September 23, 2008

Cermele: Clean My Shorts

By Joe Cermele

Over the course of my years spent fishing, I've been splattered with blood from a myriad of species. In the beginning, soaking my clothes in water mixed with detergent seemed to kinda, sorta work. Then I found OxyClean...the miracle cleanser. No matter how dried the blood, no matter the species, a spritz of OxyClean fizzed away at the stains and made them disappear into the ether. That is until I caught the bluefin tuna pictured below this Sunday.
Bluefin2

My friend OxyClean bubbled on the blood spots like it usually does, but much to my surprise after rinsing, the stains remained. They remained after five attempts. Mad at OxyClean, I resorted to desperate measures, first scrubbing away with Shout, then straight-up hydrogen peroxide.

The blood survived all attacks.

I know there are lots of little recipes for cleaning fishy messes, some concocted of your own accord and some handed down through the generations. While it's too late to save my shorts from the designated pile of "fishing only" clothes, you can help me and others in the future. I'm curious to hear what you use to get blood out of clothes or scales, guts, and grime off your hands. Maybe it's a bottled cleaner you swear by, or maybe it's Smucker's grape jelly mixed with transmission fluid. Let's hear it.

JC

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from Larry wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

Soak in hot water for a while, and then spot-treat with Lestoil and a stiff nylon brush. Then run it through the washer like normal. Works on stubborn fish blood, deer blood, pheasant blood, and--though the occasions have fortunately been seldom despite my clumsiness--human blood.

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from bnorth wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

Wow...ether...combustion...I was just gonna suggest Mom's spit.

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from Buckwheat wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

After soaking in starter fluid, a single strike-anywhere match will insure complete removal of said stains...

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from Blue Ox wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

When all else fails, try a shot of starting fluid. I've not yet seen a stain that a little bit of ether couldn't handle.

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from Larry wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

Soak in hot water for a while, and then spot-treat with Lestoil and a stiff nylon brush. Then run it through the washer like normal. Works on stubborn fish blood, deer blood, pheasant blood, and--though the occasions have fortunately been seldom despite my clumsiness--human blood.

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from bnorth wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

Wow...ether...combustion...I was just gonna suggest Mom's spit.

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from Buckwheat wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

After soaking in starter fluid, a single strike-anywhere match will insure complete removal of said stains...

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from Blue Ox wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

When all else fails, try a shot of starting fluid. I've not yet seen a stain that a little bit of ether couldn't handle.

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