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DEET & Clothing

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DEET & Clothing

From what I have read DEET damages clothes with polyester and other synthetic fabrics. But for traveling these clothes are more practical because they dry quickly (esp for the amazon portion of the trip).

Are there tips on how you avoid damaging clothes but still get the full DEET protection?

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1. Re: DEET & Clothing

You can use Permethrin spray on your clothing and then Deet on just your exposed skin.

Sawyer is a Permethrin brand that is sold at REI, It lasts thru several washings. Seemed to help for me.

Also I found that the mosquito head net, although you look like a dork, was really helpful, when hiking I preferred it to a hat since it was cooler. I bought one online for a few dollars from Walmart.

Bring some anti itch med for the occasional bite that will slip thru the defenses!

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I agree about the mozzie head net that although you will look strange it will prevent and bites.

My friends took pictures of me with the hat and put it on Face book, but it protected me so I had the last laugh.

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Better dorky looking than bitten. There really aren't any good alternatives for protecting your face/ears - I sure wouldn't put deet on my face and there are specific warnings about putting it on your ears (I think absorption is higher on your ear lobes). Eucalyptus/lemon oil seems to work but it is so oily and you have to reapply every few hours.

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4. Re: DEET & Clothing

I would use the permethrin on your clothes, as stated above. We did our own clothes - it's easy.

DEET can dissolve your watch, watch band, watch "crystal" - etc.


I would agree with you about not using DEET on your face, but I have safely and effectively used RID on my face.

RID TROPICAL STRENGTH INSECT REPELLENT CONTAINS: 19.5% DEET plus two additional repellents, including a FLY repellent, Antiseptic to kill a wide range of bacteria, Vitamin E for moisturizing, Chamomile for its soothing relief, and Triclosan (an anti-bacterial/ inflammatory agent).

It was great for Africa

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