down at the creek today i found a [very near] complete raccoon skeleton ;D i'm fairly positive i collected all the bones from the site, but i'm uncertain if 100% of the raccoons bones were at the site. i was collecting the bones with my friend, and i only picked up two claws, and only a few carpal/metacarpal/tarsal/metatarsals. my friend said he picked up a bunch of these small foot bones. the bones are real dirty and wet and i'm going to clean them off with water tomorrow. i'm going to attempt to articulate the skeleton the best i can, but i'll probably end up giving up and just doing the skull i bought a half gallon of hydrogen peroxide (3%) to whiten the bones. i whitened a raccoon jawbone i found a while ago with the same stuff and it worked pretty well.. I've done some searching and found that soaking in Dawn/water at 120 degrees for 2 or 3 weeks is a pretty standard way of degreasing, but, i'm left with two questions: when you guys say "Dawn" are you referring to the regular ole blue dish soap that comes in squirt bottles? or is there some type of powder detergent you're using? and also, what is the ratio of dawn to water?