Poison Ivy Q&A

Poison Ivy Q&A

Q: My daughter had poison ivy last week and I am worried that the clothes she wore will cause her to relapse. Is there anything I can do to be sure she won’t get it again from her clothes?

A: Both drycleaning and laundering are acceptable cleaning methods for removing poison ivy from clothing. Laundering is preferred because of the multiple flushes used in this process. Also, it is best to wear gloves and wash the contaminated clothing separately. Casual contact with your daughter’s clothing should be okay, but be sure to wash any areas that contact the clothing with soap and water. This precaution will usually prevent a rash from appearing.
Garments must contain sap from the plant to transmit these chemical contaminants, and not all people are sensitive to them. Remember to wash them separately so the poison won’t be able to spread to other garments.

Robinson Cleaners is a family owned and managed business and operate two state-of-the-art cleaning facility and have been in business over 40 years in the Greater Cincinnati area. Unlike most cleaners, all garments are cleaned on premises and we stand behind every garment we clean. Robinson Cleaners is a proud member of the Dry Cleaning and Laundry Institute.