I had a bout with poison ivy a few weeks back and had several great remedy recommendations. Two worked pretty well…
1) Aim a hot blow-dryer at the sores for several minutes multiple times per day (as needed) to dry the oil and reduce the itchiness of the sores. This worked well.
2) I grew up using a product for poison ivy called “Rhuli Gel“. It disappeared and was moved around to different Big Pharmas and brand labels for a number of years. We still had some under a different label, but this worked really well. Now it’s available again as Rhuli Gel, so I’d highly recommend it.
3) I had a recommendation from one of my co-workers about Tecnu soap product. I didn’t notice much benefit washing my skin with it. But I believe it was very helpful for washing clothing that had the bad oils on them.
We loaded the washer with the exposed clothing items and lots of hot water on a soak setting. Then we put in a tablespoon or so of the Tecnu soap, ran a soak and spin cycle, and ran all the suspected clothing again in hot water with regular laundry detergent.
What tips do you have to clean up after poison ivy exposure?
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