How to Use Baking Soda to Remove Human Scent While Deer Hunting

by Bailey Granger

To successfully hunt for deer, one would have to cover his or her human scent. Deer have a very sensitive sense of smell and use it to avoid danger. Scent covering while deer hunting will give you the advantage and contribute to the success of your hunting trip. Covering your scent is easy and can be done a few different ways. One way to cover your scent is by using baking soda. This is inexpensive and easy to do.

Wash your hunting clothes in baking soda. Before washing them, rinse out the washer to rid it of any contaminants left behind from regular detergent. After the clothes are washed, hang them outside to dry. If you need to use a dryer, do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets. Once your clothes are dry, put them in a plastic bag with foliage from your hunting area.

Wash yourself with baking soda the morning of your trip. Pay special attention to private areas that harbor scent causing bacterias. Dry off with towels that were also washed with baking soda and not regular detergent. The towels need to be scent free before they touch your skin. After drying off, sprinkle yourself with baking soda.

Sprinkle baking soda in your footwear to kill any scent causing bacteria.

Brush your teeth with baking soda and water. Avoid eating before you go hunting.

Items you will need

  • Washer
  • Baking soda
  • Hunting clothes
  • Water
  • Shower
  • Hunting footwear

About the Author

Bailey Granger has been a military journalist since 2006. She also has an extensive professional background in computer repair, performing arts and social sciences. Granger holds a Master of Science in strategic intelligence from American Military University and a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Bridgewater State College.