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#5936787 - 09/19/15 09:19 PM How to wash the clothes in a hunt.
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I'm packing in for elk next month and I'm trying to keep weight down so I only wanna pack in 2 pairs of socks. Question is, how do I wash them by hand without them drying stiff and rough? Every time I wash my socks by hand they turn out horrible feeling when they dry. Anybody have advice on how get them soft when they dry?

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#5936820 - 09/19/15 09:37 PM Re: How to wash the clothes in a hunt. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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I say don't wash them? Kinda nasty, but washing clothes and bodies every day is a relatively recent part of our culture.
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#5936827 - 09/19/15 09:41 PM Re: How to wash the clothes in a hunt. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Haha I just want to wash my socks. Even after a long day they get stuff and gross. Lol

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#5936861 - 09/19/15 10:06 PM Re: How to wash the clothes in a hunt. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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I'm afraid I got nothing. I just turn them inside out and go again.
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#5936873 - 09/19/15 10:16 PM Re: How to wash the clothes in a hunt. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Can't help ya with the sox, carry my hunting cloths in trash bag with pine needles & ceder bark... Been known ta jump in creek.... flag
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#5936880 - 09/19/15 10:22 PM Re: How to wash the clothes in a hunt. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Try some kind of dry cleaner. Mat find a spray or powder IDK
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#5936924 - 09/19/15 10:54 PM Re: How to wash the clothes in a hunt. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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I can wear a pair of socks all week without a hint on stench to them. I choose to wear deodorant just for the nice smell, but my arm pits do not sweat either confused2

How much weight could a few pairs of socks really add?
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#5936976 - 09/20/15 01:43 AM Re: How to wash the clothes in a hunt. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Make sure and take bottled water. The filters and iodine tabs taste like crap. confused2 grin

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#5936986 - 09/20/15 03:18 AM Re: How to wash the clothes in a hunt. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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From Amazon the shipping weight for 10 socks is about a pound. http://www.amazon.com/Hanes-Mens-Socks-W...ords=mens+socks

When I go hunting I am not going to worry about changing socks over a 3 or 4 day hunt. But I do carry an extra pair, I wear one pair and then the next day I let the other pair dry out. Alternating the 2 pair for as long as I stay there. Dirty socks won't kill you, I just want them DRY, my feet sweat so I alternate them every day.
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#5936988 - 09/20/15 03:23 AM Re: How to wash the clothes in a hunt. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Here's a tip my grandpa told me years ago. Take a plastic sack (Academy or whatever) slide your foot in and put the sock on over it. It sounds weird and uncomfortable, but it will keep your feet warm and dry if you're doing a still hunt.

Never tried it, but it might be worth a try.
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#5937108 - 09/20/15 08:53 AM Re: How to wash the clothes in a hunt. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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where in Colorado are you hunting at?
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#5937122 - 09/20/15 09:06 AM Re: How to wash the clothes in a hunt. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Try moisture wicking socks like Thorlo, WigWam, SmartKnit. Used with the boot liners they can help keep your dogs dry and keep the odor down. I have worn a pair for 3 days straight with out the feet looking like white prunes.
The materials and weave pull the sweat away from your feet to the outside of the sock. Hang 'em up to dry off at night and you'll be ready the next day without that crunchy feeling inside.

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#5937196 - 09/20/15 10:19 AM Re: How to wash the clothes in a hunt. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Been hunting elk for years and we hang all hunting clothes down wind of the camp fire. Smoke helps cleanse and cover up sent. Elk are vary used to the smell of smoke due to mt fires. Have worked great for us

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#5937259 - 09/20/15 11:03 AM Re: How to wash the clothes in a hunt. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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I'll be hunting near Creede. I'm not worried about the smell I just don't like the feeling of having on rough stiff socks on. And we are packing in 7-8 miles depending where the elk are so bringing 10 pairs of socks isn't really a choice.

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#5937721 - 09/20/15 05:17 PM Re: How to wash the clothes in a hunt. [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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use sportwash brand clothes detergent.
it rinses well and has no scent or optical
brighteners. just use a small amount. i've
handwashed with it a bunch of times, and
none of my clothes have ever turned out "stiff".
either your detergent isn't rinsing out completely,
or your socks need to be thrown out and
replaced with quality merino wool socks of
at least 70% merino wool minimum.

you may not find sportwash around here anywhere.
wally world used to sell it, but i've been unable
to find it anywhere, so i'll have to mail-order
a large jug of it.

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