posion ivy

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  1. 2brothersyardcare

    2brothersyardcare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,116

    Well ya it sucks but what do you use to get it off you'r tools and clothes?
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    The stuff releases some type of a oily substance so whatever you do,
    don't wash with water or scratch because that only spreads it!

    I have found washing my skin with a type of grease-cutting dishwashing
    detergent such as Dawn works with some success but don't be afraid to go
    HEAVY on the soap.

    As for clothes, I just wash them and CAREFULLY add as much dishwashing detergent as
    I can get away with but be DANG CAREFUL because the stuff WILL FOAM!!!
    Might have to double wash.

    Some folks say butter helps cut through the oil as well.

    And I would recommend a degreaser but I'm not sure how that would work on skin, might be all right on clothes, not sure.
    Lava or pumice type of automotive hand cleaner MIGHT work.
  3. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    Cut the little dots in half and put vinager on it. It will hurt but it helps!
    I think vodka works too!
    But I use aveeno it's like a skin wash for dry and itchy skin and help cures poisin ivy.
    Oh also don't scratch the family gym! Because it sux getting It there!
    And if you want to stop the itching, turn the hot water on (as hot as you can stand) put it all over the affected area; it stops triggering the itch feeling!

    Or you could scratch until you bleed!
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  4. watson524

    watson524 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    Actually, you shouldn't wash yourself with warm/hot water when you have it on you. It opens your pores and spreads the oils. Best to use cold water to get as much of the oils off as possible. That oil can "live" on clothes and tools for a long time after it's touch. Alcohol is a good wipe down method.
  5. dougdm

    dougdm LawnSite Member
    Messages: 143

    Here is a good one, when I was a child and got covered in it. My doctor told my mom to wash me down with beer, my father nearly had a cow :cry: when my mom grabbed a beer out of the fridge. From there on out, when I know that I got into it, I take a chilled beer, not cold, and rub it in and then take as cool of a shower as i can. Supposedly the beer is able to remove and rinse off the oil off your skin. who knew?:drinkup::drinkup:
  6. TroutBum

    TroutBum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    TECNU. Oak-n-ivy brand Tecnu. Apply to skin before messing with ivy. Wash clothes with it. It is great stuff. The forest service keeps this stuff in their first aid kits.
  7. jimshack

    jimshack LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    after I got it for the 5th time this year I finally went and got a shot and asked him what to use. He recommended Zanfel. I bought some, $35 for a little bitty tube. I haven't used it yet, since the shots haven't worn off, it's gotta be better than calamine though.
  8. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    Try this at you own risk:

    1. Get good and drunk
    2. Poke all the blisters with a needle
    3. Pour beach on your skin.

    I once talked to a guy who swore this cleared up poison ivy over-night. I have yet to try it...
  9. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    You don't poke the dots because if bleach get in your blood it will send to to the hospital. But you can put it over your your rash. It will also dry your skin.
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  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I didn't know there was a problem with poison ivy. You cut it, trim it, whatever, and go home. Yeah, I'm one of those guys that it has little to no effect on. I have one grass customer that has it all of the way down his fence. Kinda like English Ivy. I trim it vertically every week. It never bothers me.

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