I Got Poison Ivy From What??

By Caileen  |  Tuesday, January 29, 2013  |  Not tagged  |  Leave comment

How does poison ivy spread?The Mystery of Secondary Contamination…







If you've ever had a poison oak or ivy rash, you've experienced the dread and irritation that is this particular combination of ailments.  {Picture this hypothetical story} So there you were, cleaning up debris in your yard, mowing, tending your garden, etc. You happen to notice an unwelcome, yet familiar-looking plant and suddenly it hits you, that is poison ivy (or, oak)! You immediately regret your decision to wear a short sleeve shirt as you put two and two together and realize that your arms have been exposed for the last two hours!  You wash up the best you can with soap and water and hope for the best. Unfortunately, the next day a rash has developed on both of your arms.  You are thankful that the rash is contained to just your arms, until (dun dun dun) several days later when you notice that you now have a rash on your chest and stomach.

How can this be you wonder? Both areas were covered while you worked in your yard, how is this possible? How does poison ivy spread to other places of your body?  The answer is: secondary contamination.  As you may have heard, urushiol oil (rash causing oil in poison oak and ivy plants) does not evaporate and can last for years on the following items:

  • Tools
  • Gardening gloves
  • Shed door handles
  • Fire wood
  • Garden shoes
  • Clothing
  • Pets (yes, even your furry family members)

This is about the time that you begin taking inventory of the long list of items that may have been contaminated during your effort to spruce up your yard.  Well, fret not friends, we can help!  Did you know, that Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser is not only effective in removing urushiol oil from your skin, but it can also be used on your tools, gardening gloves, clothing, and pets (again, yes, even your pets) to help keep poison ivy from spreading? Just follow these three simple steps:

  • Saturate a cloth in Tecnu
  • Wipe down the surface
  • Follow up with a second cloth (wet with water) to remove remaining residue and voila!

Now that this mystery has been solved, you may set forth in your yard ventures worry free dear friends.  Just remember to keep your Tecnu handy!


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