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Skull Cap Clean-up

Easy & fairly quick way to clean up your skull cap after removing the hair patch.

What You Need

  • Baking soda, Dawn Dish Soap, Pliers, and Knife


  1. Fill the sink or pot with hot water and stir in a generous amount of soap. (I stopped filling the sink once the water touched the base of the antlers.)

  2. Let the antlers sit for 40 minutes to an hour.

  3. Pull the antlers out and use pliers and a knife to remove any tissue and hair on the cap. (For a knife I used my Gerber Vital)

  4. Drain the water and refill the sink with hot water, soap, and roughly 1/3 Cup of baking soda. Let the antlers sit again for 40 minutes to an hour. (The key to this is hot water, not warm.)

  5. Pull the antlers back out and repeat the steps. This time the brain membrane attached to the cap might peel off.

  6. If you aren't fully satisfied, drain and refill the sink again with soap. This time put a heavy layer of baking soda on the cap and set it in the water. This time let the cap set a full hour before removing any left over tissue.

  7. Your skull cap should be clean now! If you want to brighten it a little or sanitize it, you can mix a 1/4 cup of bleach with hot water. Set your skull in for 5 minutes. DO NOT let the bleach touch your antlers!

  8. Hang your antlers up to air dry.

If you have a larger skull that is european style that needs cleaned up, watch the GoHunt video on how to steam clean & brighten your skull.

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