The following methods are merely suggestions for rehydration. All
information given is believed to be accurate and reliable. It is given without guarantee, warranty, or responsibility of any kind.
1/4 cup powdered Tide & 1 oz Lysol (concentrate in brown bottle) per gallon warm of water.
Apply solution with a sponge to the flesh side of the hide. Then place a damp towel over the hide and cover with plastic. Rehydration time depends on the size of the skin. For example, a skin the size of a fox or raccoon may take 15 minutes, a whitetail cape may take 6 hours while a moose cape may take as long as 12 hours. If the skin is not mounted immediately following rehydration, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Otherwise, it should be stored in a freezer.
Solution A - 8 oz of common salt per gallon of room temperature water.
This is the most common method for soaking deer capes, antelope or any similar cape.
Solution B - 8 oz common salt, 1 oz lactic acid or 4 oz vinegar per gallon of room temperature water.
This solution is used for quick penetration for elk, caribou, mouse ect.
Solution C - 8 oz common salt, 2 oz borax, 1 oz Lysol Concentrate per gallon of room temperature water.
This solution is used when you need to soak skins for an extended period of time.
Adequate soak time is usually 1-2 hours, but you should check frequently. When ready, remove skin and allow to drain. However, you want to leave it fairly damp for the
sweating process. Put skin in a plastic bag and sweat overnight, in or out of the refrigerator. After sweating overnight, if available, spin in washing machine to remove excess water.