Question about garden tools

gmom74September 22, 2009

I was cleaning up a flower bed where there had been poison ivy- thought I had gotten rid of it but my arms now say differently. The clippers, rake, my 'claw' (don't know what else to call it), and a couple of other things. Would you wash them in soapy water or use alcohol? I know they would have to be dried and oiled. I don't even want to touch them again. Thanks for advice.

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stevega

I believe that the Poison Ivy active ingredient is an oil, so I would (usiing gloves) wash items with a detergent (Dawn?), rinse and dry well.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2009 at 11:53AM
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cyrus_gardner(8)

Probably a degreaser type cleaner is better to get rid of oils of any kind.
The amount of poisonous oil is not that much. It is our system that react to it. Some of us are more allergic than others.
cyrus

    Bookmark   September 22, 2009 at 11:13PM
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ollierose

I always use rubbing alcohol. This even works when I accidentally touch it outside, as long as I rub the alcohol on within 10 minutes of touching it. I actually keep a huge bottle in my garden bag for that purpose. I know it works because I've grabbed handfulls and had it in my hand. I throw it in a bag and tie it shut. Then I poor the alcohol on really good. Works like a charm!

    Bookmark   October 5, 2009 at 4:29PM
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gmom74

Well, I don't think I'll be pulling the stuff with my hands but having alcohol to clean the tools with immediately appeals to me. Thanks for the idea.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2009 at 9:48PM
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ollierose

You're welcome! I never intentionally pick it up with my hands, but it somehow seems to hide from me until it's too late!

    Bookmark   October 8, 2009 at 1:59PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

After a short period of time, the urushiol dries and chemically attaches itself to whatever it's on. Urushiol is similar to many varnishes, and is sometimes used as a varnish. Cleaning with detergent or degreaser may not remove much of the it, and, depending on your degree of allergicness, you may still experience problems. There are chemicals available at the drug store that more effectively remove this stuff.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2009 at 2:01PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

sorry....please remove the extra "the" before the "it" in my third sentence.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2009 at 2:03PM
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rosiew

Found the information in this link very informative, especially the step of applying isopropyl alcohol before washing with soap.

Rosie, Sugar Hill

Here is a link that might be useful: steps for removing urushiol

    Bookmark   October 11, 2009 at 9:23AM
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corar4gw(JAX9A)

I keep a spray bottle of alcohol in my tool shed. Use it on the tools when I've been working with plants that have fungus, etc. on my hands, gloves, what ever I feel could spread a disease to other plants.
cora

    Bookmark   October 18, 2009 at 10:44PM
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