First Animal Bone Cleaning


It’s kind of a funny story as to how this little animal skull came into my possession. While on a walk, one of my dogs dug it up (and seemed to look very proud over his lucky find)! I believe it to be the bone of a black or fox squirrel. Who knows how long it was buried, but enough of it was still intact to make it worth cleaning.



Upon doing some research, there were several things I did to get the skull sanitized. There was plenty of dirt on it from being buried, so I initially ran it under warm water to remove the biggest clumps. I then placed it in a disposable plastic cup filled with hydrogen peroxide and covered the lid with saran wrap; leaving it to soak for nearly a week. Doing that lifted a lot of the grime, but there was still some more to clean off. The final thing I used was a bucket of warm water mixed with dish soap and a toothbrush to gently scrub off the last of the dirt.

I’m certainly not an expert when it comes to cleaning animal bones, but I’m happy with the result of my first attempt. Others say that you can bleach the bone to make it whiter, but I rather like keeping its natural color. I now display the skull as decoration beside the mini cactus plant in my room. ^-^




Please share any of your own bone discoveries or cleaning method suggestions! Until next time,

~A.R. paint


6 thoughts on “First Animal Bone Cleaning

  1. My home backs up to a wooded national park that is swimming with poison ivy. No one goes in there but my family, and only in the dead of winter. We find lots of animal bones and similarly neat stuff. I’m going to say that’s a squirrel only because the fox skull we found (and heavily researched by my daughter as an excuse to use the internet) looks nothing like this. Thanks for sharing.

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    • How cool to have a place like that where you can really explore nature! I’d also say it’s definitely from a squirrel, just what kind is hard to determine. We have many different types of squirrels in my area.


  2. I love finds like this, congrats! For my bone cleanings I usually do it in a similar way but when fresh enough to have flesh remaining, best is to cook it. Still need to learn about keeping furs though… Only had the chance once with a squirrel that obviously died from rat poison but wasn’t able to safe the fur (even with internet help…)

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