I know this has been addressed 1000 times but I guess once more won't hurt...This is my method for cleaning new & old traps...
Step 1: I like to bundle my traps in bundles of 6-8 to make them easier to work with.
Step 2: I like to hose down any traps that have mud or dirt built up on them.
Step 3: I boil old and new traps in a mix of water and baking soda for about 20 minutes to remove old wax and debris. The cooker I am using in this picture is something I picked up for $8 at KMart.
Step 4: For new traps I will take them out of the pot and rinse them off, then I will hang them up and spray them with a sprayer filled with White Vinegar. I will repeat this about 2 or 4 times over the next day or two until a coating of rust has formed. REMEMBER to spray them off after the rust has formed to stop the process or they will continue to rust.
Step 5: For older traps that have been dyed and waxed before I will simply spray them off and hang them to dry.