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#204604 - 07/08/20 12:10 AM bear spray removal
Dwayne D Offline
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Registered: 07/07/20
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Loc: SK
Hi.
What's the best way to clean dried bear spray from a backpack? Or will it already be deactivated (for lack of a better term) next time I go out?
My canister discharged last Friday in Banff NP due to my own stupidity, of course.

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#204610 - 07/09/20 12:18 PM Re: bear spray removal [Re: Dwayne D]
Rick_D Offline
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Registered: 01/06/02
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Loc: NorCal
If it's water-soluble then you can just soak it away, but I don't know whether that's true of capsaicin. Maybe try immersing it in detergent and giving it a good rinse.

I would want it gone to prevent the outside chance of getting it on my fingers and then inadvertently touching my eye or nose. Yeouch!

Good luck!
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#204611 - 07/10/20 10:17 AM Re: bear spray removal [Re: Rick_D]
BZH Offline
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Registered: 01/26/11
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Loc: Madison, AL
Eating peppers tells me that whole milk is good at neutralizing capsaicin. It may sound weird but I would think about soaking it in whole milk for 30 minutes and then cleaning thoroughly with an appropriate cleaning agent for the fabric. I definitely agree with Rick that it probably isn't a good idea to leave it and hope for the best.


Edited by BZH (07/10/20 10:17 AM)

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