I've said it before, and I'll say it again! The best blog posts
are inspired by Tec Labs consumer questions; if only you could
imagine the questions asked and answered daily at 1-800-ITCHING.
Seriously, just I-M-A-G-I-N-E. Whether they be interesting, or
entertaining, that's what we're here for; to answer the questions
of our loyal consumers and to pass along our most current
information on poison oak, ivy, and sumac! We want to best equip
you for your outdoor explorations, and simply put, we love what we
Alright, so you've read the title of this post and are patiently
(or not) waiting for me to get to the point, right? Fair enough, I
do occasionally babble! So here goes. One of the most important
things any outdoor adventurer must know when it comes to poison ivy
and oak plants, is the tendency of urushiol oil to linger on items
such as: clothing, tools, equipment, even pets; and when these
items are handled later, can potentially cause a rash. Poison
ivy and oak rash is caused by your skin's reaction to the plant's
oil (urushiol) which is found in all parts of the plant whether it
is dead or alive. Check out the most common sources of unexpected
- Clothing: When in contact with poison ivy
or oak plants, urushiol can stay on clothing until it is washed
- Pets: Pets can carry urushiol on their
fur and easily transfer it to you without you knowing it.
- Equipment: Urushiol can stay on equipment
that has come into contact with the plants for several years unless
it is washed off.
- Tools: Urushiol can stay on gardening
tools for a very long time and transfer oil back to you.
Now you're wondering, "How do I remove the urushiol oil from
these items?" Easy! Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser can be
used on all of these items to help remove the
rash-causing oil so you can rest easy! Simply follow directions on
the label and voila! Adios urushiol!
Directions for cleaning with Tecnu Original:
- Clothing: Saturate unwetted clothing in a bucket for several
minutes. Launder by itself with detergent and hot water. Check for
color fastness by testing a concealed corner of the fabric.
- Pets: Saturate a cloth in Tecnu and wipe down your pet's coat.
Follow with a pet shampoo and water bath. Tecnu can also remove
skunk spray from your pet's fur.
- Equipment/Tools: Wipe down with a cloth saturated with Tecnu.
Wash with soap and water.
Ok! Off you go! Adventure on friends. Contact us if you