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Cleaning Fisherman's Hands

Fishing trips can be messy. How does one eat lunch or snacks after baiting hooks and taking fish off the hook that can leave your hands dirty and smelly? Most fishermen-women know that using scented soap is a No-No, because the fish smell the scent of soap on the bait and won't bite. Here's my solution and many fishermen-women that I know have thanked me for my idea.


In a small spray bottle, mix 1 tablespoon of biodegradable, NON-scented liquid soap with 1/4 cup water. Then I take 10 J-cloths and cut them into pieces about the size of a facial tissue. Spray each piece thoroughly with the soap/water solution and hang them to dry. Once they are COMPLETELY dry, fold them and seal them in a waterproof Ziploc bag to take along in your tackle box to the lake.

When you want clean hands, take one cloth out with dry hands. Wet it, work it into a lather, then dispose. No mess, no fuss no polluting the lake, and no smell of detergent or scented soap to deter the fish from taking your bait. These are even handy to leave in a weighted waterproof container at your cottage on your dock for quick clean-ups for the kids and grownups. No more unnecessary trips up to the cabin and tracking in sandy feet to wash in the sink at lunchtime.


Good luck fishing! Happy camping!

By ann from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada

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August 8, 20110 found this helpful

I just pour some salt in the palm of my hand, wet the other one and rub them together, then wash as usual. I also do this for onion smell too. Works every time for me.

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