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    Poison Ivy

    What's the best way to wash poison ivy out of your tree straps?
    Please don't lecture me on avoiding trees with vines or tell me all about how you're completely immune.

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    The oil must be removed. Good old soap and water should do it. Beyond that, alcohol, preferably not good Scotch Whiskey, would help, then wash again in soap and water. I am no expert, but I think it would do it. Mule
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    I think someone makes a special cleaner to remove the oils that comes from poison ivy, but it may just be for your skin.
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    I think its called Technu or something like that. I saw it at Wal Mart

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    I just got a free sample of Tecnu when I bought Caligel. It says it decontaminates laundry, pets, and tools.
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    I don't know if they still make it or not but Fels Naptha bar soad was a constant companion for my brother when he was young. If you but said "Poison Ivy" he broke out. I hope this thread didn't do anything to him. Of course if you find/use the bar soap you'll need to wear golves while scrubbing.
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    I might add that anything the straps touched should be cleaned as well. I've had a bad experience with shoelaces on hiking shoes reinfecting me two weeks after I was healed up!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    I don't know if they still make it or not but Fels Naptha bar soad was a constant companion for my brother when he was young. If you but said "Poison Ivy" he broke out. I hope this thread didn't do anything to him. Of course if you find/use the bar soap you'll need to wear golves while scrubbing.
    Isn't that the chemical name for white gas or denatured alcohol, can never remember which?

    I use hand sanitizer whenever I start to itch on my skin. I don't get poisen ivy, but everything else out there makes me itch. I'm thinking anything with alcohol should work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    I don't know if they still make it or not but Fels Naptha bar soap was a constant companion for my brother when he was young. If you but said "Poison Ivy" he broke out. I hope this thread didn't do anything to him. Of course if you find/use the bar soap you'll need to wear golves while scrubbing.
    They still make it, I have some at home. It’s generally found in a market along with the laundry soap. Even though it’s a bar soap, it may not be among the Ivory and Irish Spring.

    Poison Ivy secretes oil which some people are allergic to and have the well known reactions. This soap is supposed to cut through the oil. Once a person has thoroughly cleaned the oil off their skin, another person can’t ‘catch’ poison ivy from them. I’d think the same would apply to straps, although cleaning them may be more difficult.

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    Poison Oak

    I don't know about Poison Ivy, but Poison Oak, I have a lot of experience with.

    First thing is to take some STRONG soap with you.
    Wash yourself with lots of suds and COLD WATER.
    Hot water will open your pores and you'll end up worse off.

    Wash your gear with any strong detergent that will cut oil.
    Dish soap is good for that.

    Rinse, rinse, rinse.

    Best thing I found in the field for Poison Oak was a tea made from Manzanita or Oak Bark.
    Dried it right up.

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