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Poison ivy home remedies?
by Bob Hartzler

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July 1997 - A columnist for the Des Moines Register (July 7, 1997) recently prepared a story on home remedies that had been submitted by readers. The following was recommended for poison ivy: A tablespoon of broadleaf herbicide diluted in one gallon of water, rubbed over affected area three times in twelve hours. Rinse with water after application.

It is hard for me to believe that a major newspaper would print such a recommendation. In a disclaimer, the author stated that she had not tried the remedies, but the worst that probably would happen is that they might not work. Obviously, depending on the selection of the herbicide, worse things could happen. I guess this just goes to show that there is more room for educating the public on judicious pesticide use.

Prepared by Bob Hartzler, extension weed management specialist, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University

For more information contact:
ISU Extension Agronomy
2104 Agronomy Hall
Ames, Iowa 50011-1010
Voice: (515) 294-1923
Fax: (515) 294-9985
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