Top Home Remedies for Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

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4. Hand Sanitizer

Yes, plain old hand sanitizer. This is great while you are at the office. Rub hand sanitizer on the affected area. It provides instant relief from itching and can reduce the swelling. Read also what you should know about hand sanitizers.


5. Goats Milk

Now this might take a bit longer, but if you want to develop immunity, try drinking goat’s milk, especially raw goat’s milk. Goats eat just about anything, including poison ivy, and they develop a natural immunity to this plant. This immunity should be passed on through their milk and on to you.


6. Tide

This is an old home remedy some people swear by. Take a bit of Tide detergent (powder, not liquid) and add a bit of water to make a paste. Apply this paste to the affected area. It might burn a bit but not for along. Leave it on for about 10 minutes then rinse it off. Works to stop the itching for several hours at least.


7. Baking Soda

Another old remedy from your grandmother. Mix up a paste of baking soda and water and spread it on the affected area. Do this up to three times per day, then put a cup of baking soda in a warm bath and soak before bed.

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