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I’m a cleaning pro – how to sanitize your camping gear using things you already have at home

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CAMPING can be a fun weekend in a scenic setting, but you’re almost always guaranteed to come home smelling bad.

A mixture of campfire smoke and body odor accumulated from days without a proper shower can linger on your gear for weeks.

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Aarn has suggested some DIY remedies for any lingering stench on your hiking or camping gear.Credit: Getty

The experts at Aarn have some handy home remedies for that lingering stench from outside in your backpack.

While you can get rid of BO with a nice hot shower, cleaning your gear can be another task.

Experts recommend using a spritz of vinegar mixed with lime juice and water on your backpack and other washable essentials.

Let the mixture set before washing with soapy water.

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An obvious solution is to simply throw your things in the washing machine. Your backpack and other items may be machine washable, but for essentials that aren’t, Lysol is your friend.

Spraying your bag and other items, such as hiking boots, with Lysol will thoroughly disinfect them and eliminate odors.

Simply spray on and air dry before your next use.

If your next outdoor adventure isn’t too soon, experts recommend using kitty litter to deodorize your gear.

Even if you don’t have a furry friend at home, cat litter is cheap and easy to find.

And, needless to say, it has strong deodorizing properties.

Just throw your backpack and other items into a cat litter box, making sure it’s fully covered, and leave it there for a week.

You may have to wipe it down well afterwards, but the stench will no longer be an issue.

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And finally, if you need an immediate solution with minimal effort, the experts at Aarn are here for you.

Vodka can be used for more than just having a good time.

Alcohol is widely used in the cleaning industry to remove odors from fabrics, without having to wash or even get them wet.

Spray some vodka on your stinky gear and it’ll be like new in no time!

Disinfect your camping and hiking gear by placing it in a covered container with kitty litter for a week

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Disinfect your camping and hiking gear by placing it in a covered container with kitty litter for a weekCredit: Getty