6 Tips For Removing Poison Ivy Plants

6 Tips For Removing Poison Ivy Plantsimage preview

This is the time of year when just about everything grows. That includes poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and other undesirable plants. Poison ivy is particularly annoying and difficult to remove from your property.

Nearly 85% of the population is allergic to these plants — and the reaction to the plant’s urushiol (the oily substance that causes the rash) can vary. In some cases, highly-sensitive people can get a reaction simply by standing near the plant (a breeze carries it), while others can roll around and be perfectly content. So what can you do? We have some non-chemical solutions. 

Here are some non-chemical methods to remove poison ivy from your property:

  1. Remove the entire plant — leaves, stems and root. You have to be sure to get it all. And, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and thick gloves—plastic or heavy cotton. Be sure to wash all clothing afterward.
  2. Put the entire plant in a plastic bag and dispose of it.
  3. Make a poison ivy killer spray. Some folks have had luck with this remedy: Combine 1 cup of salt and 1 gallon of vinegar in a pot and heat to dissolve the salt. Allow it to cool, then add and 8 drops of liquid dish soap and put the mixture in a spray bottle. You can spray the poison ivy or pour it directly on the plant. This will kill all vegetation, so be sure to only apply it to the poison ivy. It takes a few applications.
  4. Some have claimed that pouring bleach on the plant will have the same effect, however, this classifies as a chemical method.
  5. If you happen to have a goat or cow handy, they just love to eat it—without any side effects!
  6. Another technique to clear the area of poison ivy is by planting grass seed. Ivy will not grow where there is a lawn. I tried this at my cottage and it worked. The only downside is that it takes time, but, once you have grass, you won’t have poison ivy.

Goats love poison ivy, with no ill effects!

Do you have a special technique to get rid of poison ivy? Share the tip with us in the comments section, below!

Peter Geiger is the Editor of the Farmers' Almanac. Read his full biography.

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Andrea
Andrea
4 months ago

I moved into my home last summer and we spent a good deal of time getting rid of poison ivy in one corner. A couple of weeks ago, we pulled out some old chain link fencing and there must of have some oil on it because rashes. I have a shed, wood fence, and a tree in that corner that were all covered with poison ivy. The plant it gone but the oil is not. How can I get rid of the oil on the shed and fence so that I don’t have to worry about it again for the next 5 years?

Tami Luke
Tami Luke
5 months ago

I hate to tell you, but we have poison ivy growing all over our yard in THE GRASS. ITS EVERYWHERE!!! BOUT 5 ACRES OF IT IN OUR YARD.

Gary Reid
Gary Reid
6 months ago

I have very large leaves of Poison Ivy and Poison Oak.
I’ve used the Vinegar, salt and dish soap. Nothing has worked this far.
I am now going to use bleach to get rid of it.
Once it is dead, I will pull, cut and put in bags.

Gail Me
Gail Me
5 months ago
Reply to  Gary Reid

You have to spray until the plant is WET. We have used this for about 10 years it works but you have to keep it up. It has grown up our house. I spray from the end down. Last week I just dumped a whole gallon in 1 plant it died within hours. I’m highly allergic so I have to be careful, no over the counter drugs work. If I get it I have to go to the doctor for meds.

Linda
Linda
5 months ago
Reply to  Gail Me

You put a whole gallon of what?
My husband highly sensitive.

Karen
Karen
3 months ago
Reply to  Linda

I believe it’s one gallon as described in article. I’m also very allergic and had my infection go systemic 21 yrs ago. I never want to repeat that experience.

Kathy A
Kathy A
1 month ago
Reply to  Gary Reid

Remember, you can still get PI from the roots. I had it one Christmas; my ex and brother cut down Christmas trees which were growing in it. Guess who got to sell them roadside! I was covered!

Sandi Duncan
Sandi Duncan
1 month ago
Reply to  Kathy A

Yikes! That stuff sure is hardy!

Gary Reid
Gary Reid
6 months ago

I’ve been working with Vinegar salt and dish soap to remove The Poison Ivy and Poison Oak. However the leaves are very large. At this point I feel I should use Bleach on the entire area. After it dies, I should pull it out, cut it out, and put in large lawn bags to take and dispose.
My problem is where to dispose. If the solution kills the plant I believe I can store it somewhere on my property.
Thoughts?

Susan Higgins
Susan Higgins
6 months ago
Reply to  Gary Reid

Gary, you can dispose of it by taking it to the dump. But remember if you use bleach, it will kill everything around it. Be careful.

gr8ful
gr8ful
14 days ago
Reply to  Gary Reid

Bleach is toxic. Shouldn’t be used inside a home either. May as well use round up. UGH!

Renee
Renee
6 months ago

I’d just like to say that poison ivy will grow on your lawn. It loves my grass. So I find your comment that poison ivy will not grow where there is grass not to be true.

Karen
Karen
3 months ago
Reply to  Renee

Yes…birds have obviously spread it in my lawn. Full sun, no sun, doesn’t matter. It has gotten bad and very noticeable after I had an interruption in my lawn service and all weeds got thick. Before mowing now, want to spray wherever i can see it.

William J Ellison
William J Ellison
7 months ago

The grass thing doesn’t work

mamaboo
mamaboo
7 months ago

I find that pouring bleach on the roots and any vine shoots that have taken root is effective and quick. I know bleach is a chemical, but it works fast to kill the whole plant, then you can easily pull it out – but still wear gloves and protective clothing!

Also wash EVERYTHING that touches the plant (tools. Gloves. Boots) with a washcloth, where and dawn dish detergent. The oils will remain active and can cause a rash even a year later!

Make sure and double bag it up – you don’t want to spread to even your town garbagemen!
And NEVER BURN ANY PART OF A POISONOUS PLANT! You can get the poison on your skin from the smoke, and you can inhale the oils and then really be in trouble!

Vinegar, salt and dish detergent may work, but takes a longer time.

Be sure to reapply bleach to the area to thwart any roots you have missed.

I am wondering if epsom salts will work like regular salt?

Susan Higgins
Susan Higgins
7 months ago
Reply to  mamaboo

Hi mamaboo, some people do use bleach but it’s not environmentally friendly. We try to offer solutions that don’t harm the soil.

GAS
GAS
5 months ago
Reply to  Susan Higgins

Household bleach begins and ends as salt water in a fully sustainable cycle. … Bleach does not contaminate ground water because it does not survive sewage treatment – either in municipal sewage treatment plants or in septic systems. Thus, there are no harmful effects of bleach in the environment.

c smith
c smith
5 months ago
Reply to  mamaboo

NO, Epson salt does not work like regular salt, as a matter of fact I use Epson salt in my garden for fertilizer

Ariel
Ariel
7 months ago

This does not work except on the smallest of leaves. You will find it might wilt them a little, but poison ivy ultimately is relatively untouched by this homemade concoction. I wasted a week waiting for this to do something. It was not helpful and this should be removed.

Cece
Cece
7 months ago
Reply to  Ariel

The concoction most definitely works it is a precise formula that you must follow in order for it to work and like anything else repetition is required.. 1 gallon white vinegar, 1 bag of epson salt (dollar tree) make sure the salt is totally dissolved in the vinegar or it will NOT work, then proceed to add the dish soap (DAWN ultra, dollar tree as well) 4 oz or half small bottle. Also thoroughly mix. Make sure you do your applications on sunny days so the sun can help bake the solution into the leaf. Don’t apply right after a rain fall or just before.

Morgaine
Morgaine
6 months ago
Reply to  Cece

Cece, well done. Very thorough. Now that makes a whole lot of sense. Thank you for expertly detailing important facts. It’s nice to make choices, based on truth. Thank you. Now, I would actually try “your way,” and will be saving your critical details for relief. Do you have the cure once getting it? Because I sit here, 3:35 AM, reapplying Bragg’s Organic, Apple Cider Vinegar, with the Mother, hoping to heal quickly. I had been lying there wondering about Epsom Salts? Here you are. Think I will try your recipe, all the way, on my skin. Why not? Nothing to lose. Thank you much for having done your research, while having the common sense to consider all factors, like I wish I had done clearing the edge of my land. ❤

Paula Alexander
Paula Alexander
6 months ago
Reply to  Morgaine

i just got ivy all over me. it has been a week. i have it on my arms, legs, stomach. everything i have tried. alcohol, apply cider vinegar, oatmeal batch, cortisone, and calamine. the only relief is taking a long warm shower and soaps washrag and wash wash wash, once out put apple cider vingar directly on the spots. it burns like fire but its a good burn. it will only help if you do it over and over and over. i am a week in and i am miserable. i finally went this morning and got a steroid shot and steroid pills. it is miserable. i am miserable. if any thing works its the apple cider vinegar, but you must reapply reapply. i work M-F and cant reapply. also take you some Benadryl. this helps alot. i am a tough cookie and gave in to the steroid shot. poison ivy is from the devil. good luck

Dan
Dan
6 months ago

To all: as a poison ivy veteran, a doctor gave me a tip many years ago that cold water is a necessity. Warm or hot water opens the pores and drives the poison inward. Plus use a shower, not a bath. Also, a poison ivy wash that you use within 30 minutes of contact is helpful. I have a bad rash now and will probably need a steroid.

Michael Brown
Michael Brown
3 months ago

Actually, poison ivy is from God. I was intended for the devil, but he just spread it around.

Sharon Fera
Sharon Fera
4 months ago
Reply to  Morgaine

I use Tecnu it works wonders for poison ivy. But you basically need to use it pretty much the first sign of getting it. They have a wash and a spray. The spray is fantastic as soon as I feel the slightest itch I spray it on and the itch goes away. Im allergic to it and got it 3x this summer…grr. I have been gradually killing it with Dawn dish soap(1/4 cup),1 gallon of Vinegar and 2 cups of Epson salt its definitely working but its not gone yet! I just want to get rid of it already. Its only on a small spot on the side of my house but Ive had it! My next step is to suit up from head to toe now that the weather is cooler and see if I can start pulling the roots out and getting rid of it!
Good luck!

Bob Jones
Bob Jones
7 months ago

If you get poison ivy(on your skin), the main thing is to catch the spot(s)/rash on your skin as early as possible, then don’t scratch it, AT ALL. Immediately start taking a max dose of Benadryl all day, every day. Start by using hydrocortisone cream on the rash.
Last, and just as importantly, the rash will start bubbling and making puss, this is when it itches the worst, the puss is what makes it spread. For this phase, get some pepper vinegar(preferably homemade and older), and when the rash starts itching and bubbling, get a paper towel and put the vinegar sauce on the rash — rub the vinegar sauce on the rash till it stops itching, throw the towel in the trash. This helps to scratch the itch, and it keeps the puss from spreading the rash. Do it as much as you want, to ease the itching. It’ll dry it up pretty good.
It’ll take a few to several days, but ya gotta do what you gotta do. Remember, DON’T SCRATCH THE ITCH!
A few other tips, take cool showers, hot showers can make it spread. If you have it real bad, go into the ocean, or a salty body of water. Hang out a little while, salty water helps dry it up.

I used to work outside, and I’d get poison ivy all season, ALL the time. An ole’ country fella told me to try the vinegar, I never really had any trouble dealing with keeping it from spreading after that.

Mamaboo
Mamaboo
7 months ago
Reply to  Bob Jones

No, the puss will not spread it. That is a secondary infection – bacterial or fungal. The thing you need to do is when you have been in the woods or areas where poison ivy can grow, you need to wash your exposed skin with a wet washcloth and dawn dish detergent asap after exposure. Also wash off boots, shoes, walking sticks and launder your cloths. This will stop the spread of the oils that cause the rash. Many people get a rash from a gardening tool that has the oil on it from previous use! Even lawnmowers and weedwackers will spread the oil. Be smart and educate yourself on what these oily poisonous plants look like at all stages of growth. Remember “leaves of three, let them be.”! Simple washing with dawn and a washcloth will stop the spread. After you already have the rash is when you need to consult a doctor on the care of it. Caladry, oatmeal baths, benadryl will help sooth it, but it will have to go away on its own. If you have open pustules, they need to be kept dry to avoid fungus and other secondary infections.

Chris
Chris
7 months ago
Reply to  Bob Jones

The puss does not spread the rash. Scratching does not either. Only the oil can cause the rash. Spots that show up later are areas where you were less exposed, and it took longer to develop the rash. Once you have washed your skin and clothes of the oil, it will not spread to any area that wasn’t exposed to the oil.

Thom Too
Thom Too
6 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Scratching and rubbing will spread it to places on your body that were never exposed to the poison ivy
I learned that the hard way

Daniel
Daniel
7 months ago

Poison ivy is growing into my grass

Marcus Thompson
Marcus Thompson
7 months ago

The spray doesn’t work. It didn’t even kill the other weeks in my yard.

BJ
BJ
7 months ago

Thanks for letting us know. Now I won’t go though the hassle of making the homemade stuff. We are covered in poison ivy and are trying to figure out away to make it disappear.

Laurie Sarti
Laurie Sarti
7 months ago
Reply to  BJ

Wash yourself and everything that touched the poison ivy with liquid Dawn dish soap. It works!! Keep a bottle in the shower for when you’ve been working outside. DAWN WORKS and I believe it stopped it from itching.

D McGee
D McGee
7 months ago

It works for me. It is not instant, and may take a few applications but I have had success with the vinegar/salt spray.

Jess
Jess
7 months ago

Worked for me! I’ve sprayed it every Day for 5 days now… took about three days for it to start kicking in. Once it started working on my small test area I moved onto the rest.

Renee
Renee
6 months ago
Reply to  Jess

How many times a day did you spray the poison ivy?

Bonnie
Bonnie
7 months ago

Sorry to say none of the homemade potions worked for us in Northeast Texas. Our place is inundated with it and I’m highly allergic. Will keep trying to find something that’ll work. Looking for goats, but haven’t found any in our area for sale or rent.

Bonnie Harrison Janecek
Bonnie Harrison Janecek
7 months ago
Reply to  Bonnie

try boiling water, return to get smaller plants if you don’t get the root

BJ
BJ
7 months ago
Reply to  Bonnie

June 10, 2020
Thanks for letting us know. Now I won’t go though the hassle of making the homemade stuff. We are covered in poison ivy and are trying to figure out away to make it disappear.

Goats in CT
Goats in CT
5 months ago
Reply to  Bonnie

Bonnie, I am in Connecticut and a local guy is making a fortune with 20 goats. He rents them to you, comes and sets up an electric fence to keep them safe and in the area you want cleared, puts goats inside and they just start eating. They do their job, the neighbors all love watching them, they are adorable. Only problem is they do trim your trees.They stand on their back legs and pull down branches. I did not expect that but it is done now. I think you have to have them back a few times to actually kill poison ivy, but they are not expensive. Keep looking. Someone will catch on and start renting goats.

Steve
Steve
7 months ago

Claim #4 is stated to be a chemical method because it uses bleach. Yet claim #3 which uses salt (sodium chloride) and vinegar ( acetic acid in water which is “di-hydrogen oxygen”) is listed as non-chemical even though all three substances are chemicals? Why is “chemical” associated with being bad? Have you ever seen a list of the substances (chemicals) that make up say an orange? Or the list of chemicals, mostly organic, that make up your body?

James
James
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve

well, aren’t you just a self-righteous prig! Your comment misses the mark on this article, one that is providing a non Earth destroying man-made chemical approach to killing poison ivy. For that matter Oxygen is a chemical…. as is H2O! Why don’t you pull your head out of your giant A**!

Sue
Sue
7 months ago
Reply to  James

James, do you have any mirrors in your house? Might try looking at it for a picture of what you described in your first sentence.

Thom Too
Thom Too
6 months ago
Reply to  James

James Brown nice

James
James
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve

please read my comment below. I posted it incorrectly.
It was meant to be in response to yours

Karen
Karen
7 months ago

We have a shed covered in poison ivy. Neighbors have chickens that enjoy our yard as well as theirs own. Enjoy watching the chickens and want to know if this is safe for the chickens.

Stepehn Lord
Stepehn Lord
7 months ago

Poison ivy does like acid sandy soils. It will also grow in grass and among other plants. My wife has a row of Day Lily planted along a fence and the poison ivy is thriving there.

Midge
Midge
8 months ago

Poision ivy will grow in grass and in your lawn. It’s the vining species. I have it all over my lawn-1 acre.

John
John
8 months ago

When I catch it, I use hand sanitizer and it’s gone in no time…

Sharlat
Sharlat
7 months ago
Reply to  John

You can also mix a bit of aloe with it so it does not dry your skin to much.

Kristi
Kristi
8 months ago

I have poison ivy growing in my side flower beds where several other plants that I want to keep are. Do I just need to spray the whole thing and start over? Will it keep anything from growing in the soil?

Bonnie Harrison Janecek
Bonnie Harrison Janecek
7 months ago
Reply to  Kristi

Boiling water

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
6 months ago
Reply to  Kristi

Kristi, your best bet is to dress appropriately and pull the ivy out by the roots. Then clean every tool, gloves and clothing and yourself as stated above.

Dewey Hamm
Dewey Hamm
8 months ago

Poison ivy appears to like soils that are deficient in calcium, phosphorus and selenium. A compost of comfrey, horsetail and even seaweed and is applied on a routine basis could bring the nutrient level up in the soil and create an environment where poison ivy can’t survive.

To take another route, in most cases poison ivy likes an acid soil. Test the soil in the area to be sure and then add lime to counteract the acidity.

Lori Matei
Lori Matei
7 months ago
Reply to  Dewey Hamm

Thanks I’ll have to tgg egg y this !

Kathy
Kathy
4 months ago
Reply to  Dewey Hamm

Thank you!

Robin Welch
Robin Welch
8 months ago

Please don’t burn it. It will cause sensitive people to break out everywhere if they stand in the smoke from the fire. The oils are carried in the smoke?

Carolyn watson
Carolyn watson
8 months ago

I’ve had poison ivy twice in the last 3 months on my face and I come up with a concoction of taking oatmeal and water along with coffee and baking soda cold coffee and mixing it all until it’s almost like a paste for your face like a mask add a Get It Burns Burns like all heck but what it’s doing is is drawing that that it from the poison ivy plant out of your skin and you’ll notice when after you put it on there you let it dry and you’ll notice where it’s real heavy where the heavy areas are where you’ve got it real bad you’ll notice it’ll stay wet and that’s because it hasn’t drawn it all out of your face yet or your skin yet you just keep applying it until it’s dry and that means all the ticks out of your skin and but I come up with that concoction and I just love it and works great not to my poison ivy out within 2-3 days and doesn’t leave a scar or anything on my face so give it a try. Awesome just burns like all heck but that just means it’s working it’s like a drawing salve for poison ivy

Duane
Duane
8 months ago
Reply to  Carolyn watson

how long do you leave the mixture on

Dave
Dave
7 months ago
Reply to  Carolyn watson

Your post gave me cancer.

Paula Alexander
Paula Alexander
6 months ago
Reply to  Carolyn watson

oatmeal like the kind you eat out of a container, water and coffee and baking soda. is this correct? can you rewrite it so i get it just perfect. i will try this. i am about 2 hours in of a steroid shot and i am dying a slow death. i will try this for sure.

Jojo
Jojo
8 months ago

Once the PI is dead is it safe to touch to discard of it – or this should be treated as it would if alive?

Susan Higgins
Susan Higgins
8 months ago
Reply to  Jojo

Hi Jojo, Even when dead, poison ivy can still give you a rash. All parts of the plants, including the roots and stems, contain rash-causing urushiol. A tiny amount of urushiol can turn into a full-blown reaction to those who are sensitive to the plants, and it does not evaporate after the plants die.

Lori Matei
Lori Matei
7 months ago
Reply to  Susan Higgins

Thanks for the information!

michelle
michelle
8 months ago
Reply to  Jojo

Treat it as if it were alive. You can never be too cautious. If any of the oils remain or its not fully dead, it could still cause a reaction. I’d use gloves and boots to carefully dig up all of it, roots and all.

Dan
Dan
6 months ago
Reply to  Jojo

You can kill it, but it is still toxic.

Kathy
Kathy
8 months ago

We just removed a large amount of poison ivy by our pond..,..what can we put there to inhibit it growing back? Sand? Mulch? We had rocks but they washed away and the ivy grew through anyway. Suggestions?

Sue
Sue
8 months ago
Reply to  Kathy

Says above that it can’t grow where grass is

Judy
Judy
7 months ago
Reply to  Kathy

Kathy, How did you remove it?

Ralph Ellery
Ralph Ellery
8 months ago

Call a professional? Oh my goodness! What has become of today’s farmers? Snowflakes……

Brandon
Brandon
8 months ago
Reply to  Ralph Ellery

Don’t be a d***, Ralph.

Huff
Huff
8 months ago
Reply to  Brandon

Don’t be a weakling, Brandon.

Brandon
Brandon
8 months ago
Reply to  Huff

I hate when we fight

Lori Matei
Lori Matei
7 months ago
Reply to  Ralph Ellery
Pauline Durant
Pauline Durant
8 months ago

I have a big tree that is covered with poison ivy.Will the solution hurt the tree?

Susan Higgins
Susan Higgins
8 months ago
Reply to  Pauline Durant

Hi Pauline, yes, you don’t want to harm a tree. It’s best to call in a professional if you want the poison ivy removed.

Linda Keaton
Linda Keaton
8 months ago
Reply to  Susan Higgins

How would you find a professional at getting rid of it without killing trees?

Susan Higgins
Susan Higgins
8 months ago
Reply to  Linda Keaton

Hi Linda, an arborist would hopefully have the solution.

William Stratemeier
William Stratemeier
8 months ago
Reply to  Pauline Durant

You can do it yourself. Makes sure you are well covered. Rip out the vines and spray the salt vinegar soap solution if any remaining. Turn the soil where the PI was seen and add grass seeds. Keep an eye out for it

James
James
7 months ago
Reply to  Pauline Durant

Yes Pauline this solution will kill any living plant, including trees, but, not the volume dispensed from a spray bottle. I would suggest that you clip the vine at ground level and yank what you can off the tree. what remains on the tree will eventually die and the leaves will drop…just be mindfull… All parts of poison ivy are poisonous even when dead. dig out what you can at the base and use the solution in a spray bottle to kill the roots . Good luck!

iconoclast
iconoclast
8 months ago

How does an aqueous sodium chloride/acetic acid/sodium dodecyl sulfate (or similar detergent) solution **NOT** qualify as a chemical means of control?

DC
DC
8 months ago

My wife is the sensitive person-crazy rashes on her arms/legs and where the sun doesn’t shine! I can roll around in it with ZERO effects. Completely uprooted a garden area -all the possible ivy plants/roots removed….dug way down! Question is-Do you have to get rid of the soil? Is that contaminated with oil too? Maybe mix the organic salt/vinegar mixture over the garden soil bed to nuke everything?

Chris
Chris
8 months ago

How do I kill poison ivy by a pet safe dog and cat safe way?

Carol
Carol
8 months ago

How long does the spray need to be on the leaves before rain?

Tanis caras
Tanis caras
8 months ago

Thank you! Will try the salt and vinegar. I’m guessing white vinegar, right?

CJ Marriott
CJ Marriott
8 months ago
Reply to  Tanis caras

I’m trying this too. My manager at work said it worked for them a few years ago and they still don’t have poison ivy… It didn’t return!

Jess
Jess
7 months ago
Reply to  Tanis caras

Yes, I’ve been using white vinegar

tanis caras
tanis caras
7 months ago
Reply to  Jess

I’m on my third gallon! Thank you so much!

Meg H
Meg H
9 months ago

how many sprays does it typically take to kill the PI, also do you need a generous spray on the plant or just to coat the leaves? I am OVER having PI both in my yard and my skin. Between my love of gardening and my dogs love of the yard I’ve gotten it again. Time to go PI!! Thanks all.

Al
Al
8 months ago
Reply to  Meg H

Likewise. Just got over a bad case of poison oak. Get a big pump spray can. Mix a gallon of white vinegar with a cup of salt and a generous squeeze of Dawn dish detergent. Make sure salt is disolved. And go for it. I plan to be on patrol every couple of weeks, just to make sure. But a good dowsing of the leaves should kill in one treatment.

Larry Pringle
Larry Pringle
9 months ago

I dumped wood (hardwood) ashes on the area where poison ivy grew for a couple of seasons. Hardwood ashes tend to be very alkaline. I’m guessing that it changed the pH of the soil.

Olga
Olga
8 months ago
Reply to  Larry Pringle

I have hardwood pellets which I burned up with my pellet stove. I guess that would do the same thing wouldn’t it? Or should I use a vinegar treatment first and then put the ashes on top is never allergic to poison ivy in my life and for years I’ve never had it then I had Scott’s lawn service come and I got weeds I’ve never seen before and poison ivy and this time I got it.

Pamela Ganzel
Pamela Ganzel
9 months ago

How long does it take to kill poison ivy with the vinegar, salt & dawn dish liquid?

Jenny
Jenny
11 months ago

Hi there! I have chickens and a ton of poison ivy, do you think the salt and vinegar mixture would be safe to use in areas they may end up getting into?

Susan Higgins
Susan Higgins
11 months ago
Reply to  Jenny

Hi Jenny, we checked with a chicken expert who said it’s probably not a good idea, as dish soap and salt aren’t good to eat, but she imagines it would wash away after a few rains if you’ve already applied. Maybe try the goat remedy!

Renee Pundsack
Renee Pundsack
1 year ago

Can I spray now that is winter to get rid of it.

Debra Donovan
Debra Donovan
1 year ago

Sprayed my poison oak now it is all brown can I knock it down with my weedeater safely now?

Susan Higgins
Susan Higgins
1 year ago
Reply to  Debra Donovan

Hi Debra, we recommend you call a professional. We just can’t be 100% certain.

Kay
Kay
8 months ago
Reply to  Debra Donovan

No do not weed wack oils remain on the dead leaves you will scatter them and you can breath them in and get it in your mouth ect!

pvel
pvel
1 year ago

There’s reference to “liquid dish soap” and “liquid detergent.” It says create the mixture and then add “liquid detergent”. So is that a 4th ingredient? Thanks

Susan Higgins
Susan Higgins
1 year ago
Reply to  pvel

Hi Pvel, our apologies, we’re referring to liquid dish soap. We have fixed the story to read: Combine 1 cup of salt and 1 gallon of vinegar in a pot and heat to dissolve the salt. Allow it to cool, then add and 8 drops of liquid dish soap and put the mixture in a spray bottle. You can spray the poison ivy or pour it directly on the plant. This will kill all vegetation, so be sure to only apply it to the poison ivy.

Kathy
Kathy
1 year ago

I admit for some reason I rarely get poison ivy, I remove it by putting my rubber gloved hand into a plastic bag and slowly pulling out the roots and the rest of the plant. Then I carefully bring the bag around it as you would dog waste. I end by turning the rubber gloves inside out and including them in the bag. Finally dispose of the whole thing.

Paulette A Wolff
Paulette A Wolff
9 months ago
Reply to  Kathy

Great idea! I have a box of 100 disposable gloves I bought for cleaning fish and more! Perfect for this job with the bag serving as another form of protection. I don’t think I’m allergic to Poison Ivy because when we first moved to Missouri, I had no idea what it was and thought it was a vine growing where I didn’t want it – I used to just pull them up and toss them. Now that I know, I don’t want to take any chances! LOL

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

Boiling water will create vapors that if breathed in could really send you down the rabbit hole.

Lisa Crock
Lisa Crock
7 months ago
Reply to  Matt

If I use the vinegar/salt/dawn mixture carefully on just the plants I want gone, how long will it it stay on/in the soil surrounding the plant? When will I be able to plant there again?

Bonnie
Bonnie
1 year ago

Hi I have a time of poison ivy very far off in my backyard and I also have it growing around a very large tree and up it’s bark . What can I do to get rid of it that won’t kill the tree or other plants around it and that’s also natural. TIA

charles thompson
charles thompson
1 year ago

Use only 10% concentration vinegar, salt and Blue Dawn Detergent for it to work effectively.

Donnsna
Donnsna
1 year ago

Thank you for all the PI help. I, too, have it going through hydrangea shrubs & way up very tall oak trees. Must the dish detergent be Dawn Dish only?
Also, I have a bluestone Step & cement sidewalk in my front yard. I believe it may be lichen growing in both, roundish, Flat & green. I thinking it’s a living thing, how do I get rid of it? Thank you in advance!

DebbiE Schewe
DebbiE Schewe
1 year ago

WILL THE SALT, VINEGAR, AND DAWN KILL THE GRASS? WILL IT ALSO KILL COTTON WOOD SAPLINGS CAUGHT BY FENCE AND I DON’T WANT A RIDE OF THESE TREES THAT BURN UP YOUR AIR CONDITIONER COMPRESSORS. THERE IS ONE TREE FOUR HOUSES UP THE STREET AND THERE HAS BEEN 12 BURNED UP AIR CONDITIONER COMPRESSORS THAT ARE ONLY ONE YEAR OLD AND SO ME IT TOOK 10 AND 20 YEARS TO BURN IT UP!?

Susan Higgins
Susan Higgins
1 year ago
Reply to  DebbiE Schewe

Hi DebbiE Schewe: Sounds like you might need to call an Arborist on this.

June
June
1 year ago

I found that spraying the top and bottom of the leaves with white vinegar removes all the shiny stuff that irritates your skin and will eventually kill the poison ivy. I wore gloves and pulled out the plant. It may take time, but it is a safe way to remove this awful plant.

Linda Myrick
Linda Myrick
1 year ago

Do these suggestions also apply to getting rid of poison oak?

Susan Higgins
Susan Higgins
1 year ago
Reply to  Linda Myrick

Hi Linda, they should. You’d want to take the same precautions as well.

Anna
Anna
2 years ago

Will this solution kill my trees?

Martha
Martha
2 years ago

I will try the sprayer formulation as described above. Should I apply in dry conditions? We are expecting a couple days of rain and I would like to know if this will impact the killing of the ivy.

Cheryl
Cheryl
2 years ago

I am new to this area and new to poison ivy. We never had any where we lived before. I have a large patch by the drive. I recently cut down some nasty rose bushes that are also there. When I spray it I thought I would also spray the left over stumps of the rose bushes to eliminate them. How long before I’ll be able to plant there again? Also one side of my house is wooded and there is much poison ivy there. Will the spray hurt the trees?

Susan Higgins
Susan Higgins
2 years ago
Reply to  Cheryl

Hi Cheryl, what is it you’re spraying them with?

Lisa
Lisa
2 years ago

I’ve sprayed the poison ivy with a vinegar/water solution. It has all died. Do I need to remove the dead plants?

Susan
Susan
2 years ago

I have PI around my back porch and under my porch. If I use the vinegar, salt and dish detergent and spray it every other or every third day will this be enough to kill it, roots and all? I cannot access the area under the porch to dig it up. Just hoping if I kept spraying it it would eventually kill the roots.

Susan Higgins
Susan Higgins
2 years ago
Reply to  Susan

Hi Susan, yes, the solution will kill the plant, roots and all. We caution about getting the solution in contact with other plants, but since there’s nothing growing under the porch, you should be OK.