Scrubbing with Borax and water can do the trick. (you can also make a
paste with the borax, and leave it on there for a while for any tough
spots). But boiling probably works the best.
Heather Ward wrote:
> I haven't spoken up in a while, but I know you guys are the best
> people to ask this. I was out in the woods today looking for deer
> antlers, and while I didn't find any antlers, I did find two segments
> of a spine with four vertebrae each. They look like they'd been there
> a while as they are white with very little tissue still attached,
> mostly on the tips. While perusing the archives I see people have used
> boiling water to remove the meat or peroxide to whiten the cleaned
> bones, and that bleach is bad. With so little material left on the
> bones, what is the best way to get rid of it? Gentle scrubbing? with
> I'd also like to figure out what animal they came from, if possible.
> I'm guessing something coyote-sized. Are there any online resources I
> can check out?
> Thanks so much!
> Heather Ward
> Wildlife Artist
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