Dealing with Poison Ivy: Into a HOT washer with extra soap!

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Dealing with Poison Ivy

By critterologist
March 27, 2012

If there's poison ivy anywhere in your yard, wear gloves and CHANGE THEM every time you weed or dig out there. Dirty gloves go straight into the washer!

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Mar 27, 2012 6:36 AM CST
I had a big dose of PI 2 years ago and my doctor mythbusted that it does NOT spread on your skin from breaking the bumps open, it usually spreads on your clothes. Grumbling So HOT washer with extra soap!
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Mar 27, 2012 7:34 AM CST
Yes, indeed! Our new washer has a "steam cycle" setting that we usually use, even for "normal" washing, and that seems to be working well... still gloves that I *know* have come into contact with PI only get washed with items like my gardening jeans that also got their share of contact, and then I use the "allergen" cycle (extra hot).
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