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Subject: Urushiol on garden hose
Author: Miriam
Date: 8/1/2007 7:27 pm
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Status: Approved
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All it takes is one tiny, pesky posion ivy plant . . .

I found about 4 or 5 tiny plants (no more than 3 inches tall) in a shady area of my garden, close to the side of the house where I've attached my garden hose. Unfortunately, I discovered the plants *after* attaching the hose and then dragging it through them to water the rest of the garden. Of course I immediately put on protective clothing and gear, got rid of the plants and sprayed the area with round-up. I also wiped down as much of the hose as I could with paper towels and isopropyl alcohol 70%.

It didn't do the trick. Now every time I use the hose, unless I am in full "hazmat garden gear" (i.e, long heavy pants, rubber wellies, long sleeves, rubber elbow gloves), I get poison ivy all over my legs and arms. Yesterday I accidentally exposed about a half inch of wrist and of course got 3 bumps there.

What else can I do to get rid of the oil on the hose and the parts of the porch it's touched, short of throwing out the whole hose and repainting the porch railing?

Thanks and be well!

Urushiol on garden hose (Approved)Miriam8/1/2007 7:27 pm
  Re: Urushiol on garden hose (Approved)Lisa Dash7/6/2008 4:28 pm