A common question we get asked is how to wash clothing with Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser. This short video shows our recommended method to remove poison ivy, oak and sumac oil from your clothing.

Poison ivy, oak and sumac rashes are all caused by your body's allergic reaction to the resinous oil produced by the plants called urushiol (pronounced oo-roo-she-all). This oil can rub off onto your clothing when you come in contact with the plants and stay until it is washed off. It is common for people to get a poison ivy, oak or sumac rash unexpectedly while handling or wearing clothing that has come in contact with the oil. Consider cleaning all clothing, including jackets, gloves and shoes, which may have come in contact with poison plants.

Because urushiol is an oily substance, it is important to wash your clothing with a detergent that can break up the oil. The video above shows how Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser can be used to remove poison ivy, oak and sumac oil. Remember to use Tecnu Original like you would a stain remover by applying it to dry clothing before you launder the items. It is also suggested that you wash clothing contaminated with urushiol separately from your other laundry.