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Summer Itchin' Happened So Fast

Greetings Adventurers:

Ah yes, summer time means so many things: sunshine, seemingly never-ending days, crisp air, iced-tea, the scent of fresh cut grass, outdoor adventures aplenty, and oh yeah, POISON OAK & IVY! {Picture this}… It's a beautiful mid-summer's day. You're at a nearby hiking destination enjoying your expedition, when suddenly you realize… you've just trekked through a patch of poison ivy… Unfortunately, you have never heard of Tecnu Extreme and you're not sure what to do. That's when your fellow adventurers begin offering up a slew of their own concoctions and home remedies. You're overwhelmed by the many options you've been given, and not sure where to begin… Cut to 2 days later, when none of said concoctions did anything to improve your bout of poison ivy rash… Now, home remedies aren't always a bad thing. But, there is a time and an itch for home remedies, and poison ivy ain't one! What's the trouble with home remedies? Well, to start, often they do not work to remove urushiol (rash-causing oil from poison oak, poison ivy, & poison sumac), they can be incredibly messy, and most importantly, some can be downright harmful. These are the top 10 most common poison oak and ivy home remedies we've heard of, and why you may want to avoid them:

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A Crispy Situation

By Caileen  |  Tuesday, June 10, 2014 |  , , , , , ,  |  Leave comment

Why you should always wear sun protection…

I can hear her now, that little voice in the back of my head scolding me for doing something when I "should know better." Oddly, that voice sounds just like my mom's… I don't think it matters how old you get, whether you're 3, 30, or 60, your mother will always reserve the right to scold you for making silly, preventable mistakes. That little voice brings me to a recent experience, and the topic of this post! A couple of months ago my husband and I built a new house, and it wasn't long before we realized that we needed to expedite the process of fencing in our yard. Why the hurry you ask? For a furry, 4-legged little boy we refer to as "our baby" (If you saw him, you might say he is a black lab pup). Tuff (the baby), is very inquisitive and likes to wander if boundaries are not provided. Thus, the labor intensive task of fence building began.

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Tec Labs to take part in "Safety Break for Oregon"

By Caileen  |  Tuesday, May 13, 2014 |  , , , , ,  |  Leave comment

Tec Labs and its employees will recognize the importance of safety and health in the workplace during the statewide Safety Break for Oregon celebration on May 14, 2014.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Alright outdoor adventurers, it's that time of year again! Time to brush up on your knowledge of all things outdoors as we gear up for yet another sunny season! Are you equipped with all of the essential information about Mother Nature's most common poison plants: poison oak, poison ivy, & poison sumac? As the trusted name in poison oak and ivy for over 50 years, we recommend that you know what the plants look like, what to do if you think you've been exposed, and how to treat a rash if it appears! Read through the most frequently asked questions below, study up, and hit the trails worry free this spring and summer!

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Leaves of Three, Let it Be!

By Caileen  |  Wednesday, April 02, 2014 |  , , , , , ,  |  2 comments

Dear Friends,

I have a confession to make… I am a bit ashamed to admit that…. I have never seen poison oak or poison ivy with my very own eyes {GASP!}. Yes, I've seen photos of the noxious plants (Obviously; I work for the makers of Tecnu, & Tecnu Extreme), but have yet to run across the poison oak that covers vast areas of the great state of Oregon. Now, to my defense, I grew up on the Eastern side of the state that is more of a desert-like climate; not necessarily the environment where poison oak thrives. It's not as if you get hired at Tec Labs, and are immediately required to go and throw yourself into the nearest patch of poison oak to prove your worth and understanding for the oak and ivy line of products. In fact, my lack of experience with the plant(s) fueled me to learn more about poison oak, the rash, and the struggles those with horrible cases deal with!

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