Country Lore: Poison Ivy Prevention

Optimal poison ivy prevention is a matter of using the right cleanser to wash the plant's oil off your skin.

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Washing with dish detergent is your best option for poison ivy prevention.

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My doctor provided this tip for poison ivy prevention. We all know to wash after working outside, but I assumed using regular hand soap was fine. But instead, use dish soap to remove all of the poison ivy, as dish soap is made to remove oil and grease, which includes poison ivy oil. I now use regular and dish soap after yardwork, and I’ve been poison-ivy free for over a year.

Marc Silhavy
Cold Springs, NY 

texas suffer
6/4/2009 10:31:27 PM

Have had bad poison ivy for 3 weeks. Tried shot, prednisone, every topical on the market. finally purchased walgreesn poison ivy wash and with in 1 hour i feel 100% better. May sleep for the first time in weeks. I can not believe how much relief I have from this product.