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You can use Tecnu Original before using a hydrocortisone ointment.  Just make sure to wait at least 3 days after using a hydrocortisone ointment, before using Tecnu.

The reason is that the use of hydrocortisone thins the skin, allowing any topical application to the skin to penetrate more readily.  If you are slightly sensitive to a detergent, like Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser, it will aggravate the skin more quickly and severely.

Tecnu breaks the bond that the poisonous oil makes with the proteins in our skin, it does not break it down, chemically into inert substances. It may be possible that some of the oil residue could reside where you rinse off, but we have never tested that theory. We have never heard of anyone becoming re-contaminated from such exposure.

Tecnu is a cleanser and does not have an expiration date. However if you notice it is turning a yellowish or brown color, it is no longer good and you should replace it. Be sure to shake Tecnu Original before using.

The problem with dogs running through poison oak is that the oil will stay on their fur until it is removed. The only way to prevent having to clean your dog daily would be to keep her from coming in contact with the plants in the first place, such as keeping her close on a leash or taking a different path that does not contain poison oak. To remove the oil, you can use Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser.  Saturate a cloth with Tecnu Original and wipe down her coat. Follow up with a pet shampoo and water. You want to make sure to remove all of the Tecnu so that she doesn't lick her fur and ingest it.

The sooner you remove urushiol from your skin the better as the poison ivy and oak rash is caused by your body's reaction to the bond of the plant's oil to your skin. Everyone's body is different so some people react to urushiol sooner than others  which is why we have a time range on there.  We have found that, for most people, it is best to remove the oil within 2-8 hours of exposure.

Anything that can be carried along with steam has the potential to be breathed into the lungs.  It's always advised to use Tecnu Original in a cool shower to keep from opening the skin's pores.

Saturate contaminated, unwetted clothing with Tecnu in a bucket or dishpan (First check for color fastness by testing a concealed corner of the fabric). Let soak for several minutes. Launder clothing by itself as usual with detergent and hot water.

Another option is to wash the clothing with a laundry detergent which removes oil or grease.  We recommend running it thru the laundry cycle twice when using this method.

If you wipe Tecnu on your sandals for a couple of minutes and then wipe off with a cloth, it should remove the oil. No reason to toss them out.

No, using Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser before exposure to poison ivy will not help prevent the rash. Tecnu Original is a cleanser that is formulated to unlock the urushiol bond with your skin so you have to use afterward to wash off the poison ivy oil.

Pour Tecnu Original on a cloth and then wipe down the area of the car you need to clean, and then rinse or wipe off the Tecnu. Be sure to test for color fastness on fabric seats or any other fabric material in your car. Another option would be to use a degreasing cleanser made specifically for car detailing that can cut through the oil.

Yes, Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser will remove Poison Oak from your leather boots. Simply saturate a cloth in Tecnu and wipe them down, then follow up with a cloth dampened with water to remove any excess residue. NOTE: You will want to test a small area for color fastness first.

Tecnu Original is a skin cleanser that is safe to use as often as you would like. However, if it starts drying out your skin or irritation occurs, discontinue use.

Yes, both Tecnu Original and Tecnu Extreme are safe to use on your children when used according to directions. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the area after use of either product to ensure that any residue has been washed away.

Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser is a cosmetic cleanser that does not contain an active drug ingredient that would interfere with taking an oral antihistamine such as Bendaryl.

Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser is best used on clothing either through spot treating or soaking completely.  Although in some cases, it may take quite a bit of Tecnu to soak an entire outfit or more.  So another option would be washing clothing in warm or hot water (whichever the clothing can tolerate) through TWO cycles in the washing machine with a heavy degreasing detergent, such as Tide.

No. Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser is a cosmetic cleanser meant to remove the rash-causing oil (urushiol) from poison oak, ivy, and sumac. While it may not "heal" chigger bites, you may consider using Calagel Medicated Anti-Itch Gel to help relieve the pain and itch of insect bites.

Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser can be used without water. Shake the bottle well, wipe the product on the area where you need to remove urushiol, and then wipe off with a cloth.

If you think your watch and wedding ring have poison plant oils on them you can wipe them down with Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser and then wipe it off with a cloth. Follow with a jewelry cleaner or alcohol to remove any leftover Tecnu.

If you are still breaking out with a rash after using Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser, it could be because of 1 of 2 reasons.  Either you are still coming in contact with the urushiol oil through some other source or the rash had already spread to that area before using Tecnu.

If the poisonous oil has already penetrated the epidermal layer of the skin and bonded to the deeper skin cells, it's too late to stop the reaction from occurring.  The benefit of using Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser is if there is still urushiol oil on the top layer of skin, Tecnu will remove it and prevent further contamination.

We would recommend using Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser as it does not contain alcohol. See label info here. However, please note that Tecnu is a strong detergent so if your friend is allergic to alcohol, she may also be sensitive to other ingredients.

After washing with Tecnu, which will remove the plant's rash causing oil, your friend may need an anti-itch medication.  Calagel also does not contain alcohol - see label here or she can use whatever anti-itch medication she has at home that is effective for her.

Enough for it to stay very wet when rubbing on skin for a couple of minutes.

Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser is a cleanser that removes the oil that causes poison ivy and oak rash. At this point you are better off using a product with an anti-itch medication such as Tecnu Rash Relief Spray or Calagel to relieve your itching.

Yes, however, consult your physician first.  During pregnancy you are more likely to develop allergies, so use with caution.  Nursing mothers should thoroughly rinse Tecnu Original from their skin.

Yes, you can use Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser on your face, but use at your discretion. Tecnu is a detergent, and if you have sensitive skin, an irritation may occur.  Definitely do not use Tecnu near your eyes.

Use at your discretion!  Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser is a detergent, genitals are very sensitive, and an irritation may occur.

Do not physically MIX Tecnu & other medications, this may cause irritation or reaction.  Always use Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser and other products separately.  When using other medications, cleanse with regular soap before applying Tecnu.  Thoroughly rinse Tecnu before applying any other medications.

Keep in mind that the body grows new skin underneath the blistered area. This new skin area is usually a dark red and even looks bruised on some individuals depending on skin type.  This difference in coloring blends in a few weeks and doesn't leave permanent marks.

Follow the directions on the label for "As Soon as Rash Appears:"  1. Rub Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser on affected skin & surrounding areas.  Avoid breaking skin.  2. Rinse off with cool running water (not a bath) to remove Tecnu & poison oils.

Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser is designed to be used full strength. To use, apply the cleanser directly to the skin (or item being cleaned) without adding water. Rub vigorously for 2 minutes into the affected area and then follow up by rinsing with water or wiping off with a cloth. If water is mixed with Tecnu Original before application, it will be diluted and not effective.

If you are looking for a cleanser to use with water, while taking a shower for instance, we recommend using Tecnu Extreme Poison Ivy Scrub which is designed to be used with water.

Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser is a heavy-duty detergent that removes urushiol from the skin, which in most cases avoids possible reaction to the substance.  It is a cosmetic cleanser that does not need FDA premarket drug approval. Tecnu cosmetic product, with it's labeling, has been reviewed numerous times by the FDA during plant inspections and has not had any regulatory concerns.

See first aid measures on  page 2 on the Safety Data Sheet for Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser.

Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser removes the urushiol from your skin the first time you use it.  You can repeat use to remove any urushiol you missed or to remove any urushiol oils that you have come in contact with after the first use.

You can apply Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser directly to the tools or object and rinse well. For clothing use Tecnu Original as you would use a stain remover. Apply directly to dry clothing. (Make sure to do a spot test first) See How to Use Tecnu.

Yes, you can wash cats and dogs with Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser to remove urushiol oil from their coat. Be sure to follow label directions, and to wash your pet thoroughly after use with their regular pet shampoo to remove any excess Tecnu. Be careful to not allow the animal to lick the Tecnu off themselves.

Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser can be used to remove skunk oil/spray from your pet. Saturate a cloth in Tecnu Original, wipe down their coat, and follow up with a bath using their regular pet shampoo to remove any excess Tecnu. See our instructional video.

It is best to use Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser in the shower. Tecnu Original bonds with the urushiol to remove it from the skin, and in the shower, the urushiol will wash down the drain with the water. In a bathtub however, the oil can disperse into the water and possibly spread to other areas of your body.

For best results, Tecnu® Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser should be used within the first 8 hours after exposure. After 8 hours, the chances that the rash-causing oil, urushiol, has been absorbed are higher. It is still a good idea to wash with Tecnu to remove any excess oil that could possibly still be on the surface of the skin (to help keep the oil from spreading to other areas). If you do start to break out in a rash, Calagel® Medicated Anti-Itch Gel and Tecnu® Rash Relief Spray are both great options to treat the symptoms of a rash.

Per label directions, apply Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser to the skin and rub vigorously for 2 minutes; then rinse with cool water, or wipe with a clean towel or wash cloth. 

According to the Safety Data Sheet for Tecnu Original, if ingested: seek medical advice/attention immediately. Will cause nausea if swallowed. Stomach cramps may also occur. DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING. Treat as for a petroleum jelly ingestion. Even if you don't think you've ingested the product, we would recommend seeking medical attention. Remember to bring the product, and the Safety Data Sheet with you.

Unfortunately, Tecnu® Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser is not available in a one gallon size at this time. The largest we make is a 32oz.

To our knowledge, using garden tools after they have been cleaned with Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser has not caused harm to plants. If you are concerned, after cleaning your tools with Tecnu follow up with a soap and water rinse to remove any excess product.

Because Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser is a cleanser, it does not work as a barrier to poison ivy and oak oil. However, you can use Tecnu Original as a waterless cleanser when you are out in the field. When using it this way, you will want to rub Tecnu Original on your skin for two minutes and then wipe away with a cloth. This can help remove poison ivy and oak oil when you are away from a water source.

For best results, Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser should never be diluted. As for wood floors and hard surfaces: saturate a cloth in Tecnu Original, wipe down the affected area, then follow up with a wet mop to remove any excess product. We recommend spot testing a small, inconspicuous area first to be sure it won't affect the quality of the flooring. As for carpet, it would be our recommendation to have it shampooed.

When using Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser on items such as clothing, fabric, or painted surfaces, we recommend spot testing in an inconspicuous area first to test for color-fastness. Apply Tecnu Original to the test area, allow it to sit for a couple of minutes, then wipe down with a cloth saturated in water.