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There's a Better Way

There's a Better Way

Pull Poison Ivy the Safe Way

comments (11) July 15th, 2013 in blogs
Antonio_Reis Antonio Reis, Product Manager
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Get rid of this irritating plant in no time at all (and avoid the dreaded rash too!)





Comments (11)

Dennis66 writes: Auto correction correction: hot or warm water spreads the oil by opening the pores. Posted: 9:59 am on July 28th
Dennis66 writes: I'm mildly allergic, though I seem to be more susceptible each time. Our pups get the oil on their fur and deliver it to my wife and daughter.
It's been my experience that I think I have been in contact, I don't scratch because breaking the skin lets in the oil. I immediately gently wash the isolated area with dish soap and cold water! Just using my hands. I repeat several times. Hot or cold water spreads the oil and helps it get into the pours. Posted: 9:57 am on July 28th
privets writes: I'll definitely use that. I'll still wear gloves in side the bag, and if I'm pulling a lot (which is fairly often), I'll clean up with technu. I get nasty poison ivy rashes and that keeps me safe.

I used to pull p.i. with my bare hands as a stupid kid, but now I'm allergic to it. Things can change, watch out. Posted: 4:34 pm on July 26th
weeezie writes: A neighbor saw my husband's poison ivy rash and told us about Burt's Bees Poison Ivy Soap. He gets severe rashes from it so bad that one time he ended up at the doctor getting a steroid shot and steroid oral med pack for the week! So the next time, after a day of cleaning up vines and weeds, he took his shower with the soap and it worked! He even had a small patch of rash starting to break out on his wrist and it went away after showering with Burt's Bees soap. Now whenever we come in from yard work that's even close to poison ivy or poison oak(even though we always wear gloves), we always wash up with this soap - no more rashes! Posted: 11:09 am on July 24th
cfbloom writes: Great tip.
I've been sensitive to and could identify poison ivy since I was 8.
If you get it on your skin, don't fool around. Use a strong solvent such as MEK or toluene to wipe off the oil. If you're in the woods, use gasoline. Turpentine works. Mineral spirits might not be strong enough. Lighter fluid or fingernail polish remover (acetone) work. Isopropal alcohol might work, but I'm not going to test it?
Wash solvent off with STRONG soap such as Fels Naptha or laundry soap.
Do not burn poison ivy. The smoke can cause a rash & lung damage.
Goats mow down poison ivy and it is said that drinking the goat milk will give you some immunity. I'm not going to experiment with that either.
Posted: 10:37 pm on July 22nd
tarsier writes: Thanks for the tip.

I've had bad cases of poison oak and poison ivy that required oral steroids, so I use tools and protective clothing AND skin products in case the oils get through.


Clothes: long sleeved turtleneck and long pants, peel off in the laundry room so they don't touch other clothes or furniture.

Shower with tepid water and Tecnu wash or Marie's Original Poison Ivy/Oak Soap. Regular Ivory Soap and unscented shampoo also work well. The goal is to make a micelle with the toxic oil completely surrounded with soap/detergent, and rinse it away. Posted: 11:45 am on July 22nd
dirthugger writes: Great idea. I'll definitely use that. I'll still wear gloves in side the bag, and if I'm pulling a lot (which is fairly often), I'll clean up with technu. I get nasty poison ivy rashes and that keeps me safe.

I used to pull p.i. with my bare hands as a stupid kid, but now I'm allergic to it. Things can change tntreeman, watch out. Posted: 11:37 am on July 22nd
MapleManor writes: I'm highly sensitive to Poison Ivy so I take great pleasure in painting full strength Ortho Brush Killer on several leaves. Within a couple days, it's dead. And like picking up a rattlesnake, I use a small leaf rake to gather up the dead carcass of this dreaded plant and dispose of in grocery plastic bag and into the trash. Posted: 9:02 am on July 22nd
carpsmarsh writes: Good tip! You might want to wear long sleeves and use long dishwashing gloves inside the bag just in case, especially if you're highly allergic. It's also a good idea to throw all your clothing into the washing machine as soon as you've finished pulling. Posted: 8:27 am on July 22nd
DonnaSamuels writes: Great idea for using the newspaper plastic sleeve!

For those of us who have gone digital can use other plastic bags we receive when shopping. Posted: 8:25 am on July 22nd
tntreeman writes: i'm so lucky to be not allergic to poison ivy. i can pull it all day and not get the slightest rash. my help , however, can walk by it and break out so guess who always gets to remove the ivy Posted: 5:41 pm on July 15th
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