Goats aren’t goats I hear you say!
Ever had a drum or skin that carries its own particular odour (Eau de chevre)?
Some goat and cow skins can have a little more odour than others. Thicker, male goat skins especially tend to carry more pheromones which trap odour in the hair follicles. This smell can stay around even when the hair is taken off the goat.
The good news is there is a way to prevent this “eau de chevre” making its way onto your drum, but you really need to get onto it early, before the skin is mounted.
The best way to remove any odour is to wash the skins well before mounting them on your drum.
Adding some baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) or mild bleach to the water when you soak the skin is a great start. Then scrub the skin with laundry (or even dish-washing) detergent once is has soaked.
You’ll find this should bring your goat back to smelling fresh and ready to mount on your drum.
If you have a drum that has a slightly tangy smell to it, we recommend a healthy dose of hot sun and a couple of drops of essential oil (peppermint or eucalyptus) rubbed onto a rag and then the surface of the drum