My friend arrowed a small bear and did not want the skin. I was very busy butchering my deer when he arrived at my place telling his story and asking if I wanted the hide since he was living in a high rise condo in Albany Ca. I really did not want it but I also didn't want to waste it. So I was the new owner of a wet skin. I decided to rub the wet skin with 20 Mule Team borax power. I let it dry and then washed it my washing machine also with borax hand cleaning powder. I let it dry rubbing in more borax and scraped it. Before it dried I nailed it to my garage door (inside) to dry. The pelt turned out beautifully and I asked my friend if he wanted it now. I don't think a lot of folks have tanned a hide but this one turned out well.