How to get rid of the fish smell?

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How to get rid of the fish smell?

I think this has been discussed before but how do you guys get the fish smell off of your hands after cleaning fish?   I've tried lemon juice, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, all kinds of soap and sure they work to a point but it still lingers.   How about that little metal "odor removing" bar they sell at sporting goods stores?   Heard it was a gimic.

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I haven't found anything that works as well as FAST ORANGE.  I prefer the pumice grit although some like the smooth texture.

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Why would you want to remove that smell?

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Rowdie Said:
Why would you want to remove that smell?

I never had any more use for it after it was proof to my buddies of how good of a fishermani was.
 

I dont go around guessing cup sizes either I just know a nice rack when I see one.

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I like the smell of fish, but not as much as chilly mac breath that drives away bullies.

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Berkley sells a bottled product for this, also the various hunting odor eliminating soaps work well. I also find that if it's really bad or you get a bucket or livewell that stinks, vanilla extract works pretty well.

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If you take any nonscented liquid hand soap and add a couple of drops of anise to it. You can usually buy anise at the grocery in the spice section. Smells like licorice.

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Those metal bars are stainless steel so I just rub soap up and rinse my hands and then rub them on the side of the sink it gets rid most of the smell.

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+1 on the scent eliminating soaps.  I've had good luck with this one.  I think the dirt soap smells awesome, the wife not so much!

http://www.mydirtsoap.com/

 

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 Toothpaste. Rub a little on your hands and rinse....

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As far as equipment like buckets go, use vinegar.

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Check out the gas thread....might help, but don't touch your bait.

 

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suave shampoo.  been using that for years. 


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 That smell you speak of, well that's the smell of success my friend.

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I just fish with Fracdog and he takes the fish off my blue clowny for me so I never have to touch the fish. He is a great guide. 

 

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I have found for coolers and buckets just put some news paper in the bottom and a few charcoal briquets and close the lid or cover the pail a couple of days and you can't smell anything.


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doublebarrelsaloon Said:
 

Rowdie Said:
Why would you want to remove that smell?

I never had any more use for it after it was proof to my buddies of how good of a fishermani was.
 

Or how good of night it was. 

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I have a skin condition , so I use disposable surgical gloves , work great and no smell , and my hands and fingers dont split open and bleed. I get them at CVS

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Deodorant or Crest toothpaste.  Both work great.


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Go to walmart and go back to the fishing section just above the bait buckets and they got this stuff called Grime Boss. they are hand wipes they say they meant for fish odors and gas smell. I've tried them out and they work  fantastic and fit in your tackle box or boat,

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You guys are pussy's. 

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bullheadmaster Said:
You guys are pussy's. 

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And that's why our hand smell like fish!

 

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dish soap.  put in on when your hands are dry, and rub it in good.  then rinse off.

Gotta think fast orange would take care of it too.

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sdwxman Said:
 Toothpaste. Rub a little on your hands and rinse....

Second this one.

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gloves to clean fish for one, but to get rid of the smell if no gloves use shaving cream it works

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Fracman Said:

I just fish with Fracdog and he takes the fish off my blue clowny for me so I never have to touch the fish. He is a great guide. 

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Palmolive dish soap with oxy-clean

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Do yourself and your wife/girlfriend a favor and do the dishes after the meal following a fish cleaning escapade.   She will appreciate it and your fishy fingers will smell like normal......

ggenthusiast Said:
dish soap.  put in on when your hands are dry, and rub it in good.  then rinse off.

Gotta think fast orange would take care of it too.

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from a chemistry viewpoint.   fish slime is alkaline... meaning it has a ph higher than 7.  In order to neutralize it, you need to use an acidic compound... ph lower than 7.  this is the vinegar-baking soda volcano concept used in real life.  All soaps are also alkaline, so while soap may take some off the fish smell off your hands, an acid will be more effective.  I use vinegar... but then your hands smell like vinegar.  solution... wash with vinegar, THEN with toothpaste.  Toothpaste is very slightly alkaline, and gets rid of the vinegar smell without leaving your hands smelling like your mouth!

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Palmolive dish soap with oxy-clean


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I carry a product call Tub O'Towels in all my vehicles. Keep them in the shop, smokehouse and garage. Damn good product. I get mine at Tri-Steel in Grand Forks. Will clean just about anything without leaving a "chemical like" smell.

http://www.tubotowels.com/index.html

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ggenthusiast Said:
dish soap.  put in on when your hands are dry, and rub it in good.  then rinse off.

Gotta think fast orange would take care of it too.

+1

Also the hand soaps from bath and body works do well. Don't ask how I obtained them. 


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Scheels carries a two pack of campers soap in their camping section. It comes in a clear/green/yellow tube and the soap is very cloudy and runny in appearance. It is very concentrated so only a few drops with some water works up an amazing lather. I carry it in my boat, fishing backpack and on camping trips. It is really amazing and leaves you with a nice gentle scent on your hands while eliminating any unpleasant odors. It is cheap and a tube lasts forever and is about the size of a small cigar tube.

It is amazing stuff.


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clorox wet wipes work pretty well

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Back in my single days, my buddy and I went to Devils Lake and ran into a bunch of northerns so we had a northern challenge and caught about 20 each.  Everything smelled like pike.  We stopped at a bar on the way home and this rather good looking chick was all over me that night.  I figured it was the pike smell, because I know I wasn't that smooth that night.  I am not joking either.  I figure fish smell has other powers as well, so I wear it with pride. 

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pigsticker Said:
Scheels carries a two pack of campers soap in their camping section. It comes in a clear/green/yellow tube and the soap is very cloudy and runny in appearance. It is very concentrated so only a few drops with some water works up an amazing lather. I carry it in my boat, fishing backpack and on camping trips. It is really amazing and leaves you with a nice gentle scent on your hands while eliminating any unpleasant odors. It is cheap and a tube lasts forever and is about the size of a small cigar tube.

It is amazing stuff.

Really??????  Come on man!!   

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Captain Ahab Said:
Back in my single days, my buddy and I went to Devils Lake and ran into a bunch of northerns so we had a northern challenge and caught about 20 each.  Everything smelled like pike.  We stopped at a bar on the way home and this rather good looking chick was all over me that night.  I figured it was the pike smell, because I know I wasn't that smooth that night.  I am not joking either.  I figure fish smell has other powers as well, so I wear it with pride. 

Ya know what, now that I think about  it you may be on to something! I just called the wife out and she is in deny deny deny mode about it.

I dont go around guessing cup sizes either I just know a nice rack when I see one.

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Wipe your ass w/o tp that will work.

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What did adam say to eve when she jumped in the river.....

Now how are we going to get that smell out of the fish?

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Did you hear about the lake in Canada where they say no woman has ever swam?

They say the fish still taste like chicken.


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pigsticker Said:
Did you hear about the lake in Canada where they say no woman has ever swam?

They say the fish still taste like chicken.

 hahaha

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