How to get Rid of Poison Ivy Fast- Home Remedies, Apple Cider Vinegar, Bleach and More

How can you get rid of poison ivy fast at home naturally? How good is apple cider vinegar, bleach and soap? Read on to find out more plus more home remedies.

Apple Cider vinegar for Poison Ivy

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used over the years to treat rashes. Poison ivy rash is no exception as the apple cider vinegar properties do away with the rash like any other.  Vinegar helps draw the toxins out of the rash. This accelerates the healing process and any discomfort that comes with the rash.

poison ivy home remedies apple cider vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar

When applied on the affected skin repeatedly, apple cider vinegar dries up the rashes and blisters.  It can be used safely on either broken or unbroken skin. You however need to be aware that apple cider vinegar may sting.  This does not go for long as it subsides with time. The stinging will be more if the ACV is used on broken skin.


  1. Dip a clean cotton pad or cotton cloth into apple cider vinegar
  2. Use the cotton pad as a compress to apply ACV on the irritated skin
  3. Hold the pad on the affected area for several minutes to allow it to dry the oil up
  4. Leave the area to dry up on its own without wetting it. Repeat the procedure severally during the day until the rash starts to disappear. [1]

Bleach on poison ivy-will bleach get rid of poison ivy

Among the best ways of getting rid of poison ivy rash is use of bleach. Bleach dries the oil that causes poison ivy rash preventing spread and hence facilitating faster healing. However, you must keep in mind that it is unsafe for you to use bleach on broken skin. This is because it is caustic, that is, it can corrode or burn the skin.

You are advised to use bleach on the skin as soon as you experience tingling from the poison. If your blisters are already oozing, you must stay away from bleach as it would only cause more damage.


  1. Place bleaching powder into a bowl
  2. Add water to it to make a paste by mixing the two thoroughly
  3. Apply the paste on the poison ivy rash as soon as it appears
  4. Let it sit on your skin for about four to five minutes. It should not be left on your skin for long
  5. Clean the area by washing it thoroughly with cold water then wipe it dry. Repeat the procedure if need be depending on the results of the first application.

Other Poison Ivy Rash Natural Home Remedies that work Quick/Overnight


Cucumbers have a cooling effect which is helpful in soothing the skin. Cucumbers also improve the health of the skin enabling it to fight the rash.


  1. Cut your cucumber into slices
  2. Place the slices on the affected skin
  3. Leave the slices to sit on the rashes
  4. To ensure the slices don’t fall off the skin, wrap them to the skin using some gauze

Alternatively, you can make a paste using cucumbers by mashing them. Apply the paste on the rashes and leave it for some time to allow enough time for drawing toxins.

Banana peels

Just like the cucumber, banana peels offer the skin a cooling effect. You must however remember that it is the inner side of the peel that is applied to the skin and not the banana itself.

banana peel for poison ivy cure
Banana peel


  1. Take a ripe banana and peel it
  2. Apply the inner part of the peel to the area with rashes gently for a few minutes
  3. You do not have to leave the peel sitting on the skin
  4. After rubbing the peel on the skin, however, you must leave the skin unwashed for about fifteen minutes to allow the banana to work.

Baking soda

The alkalinity in baking soda is why it is used to treat rashes. This is because; the alkalinity is responsible for drawing toxins out of the skin and consequently speeding the healing process.


  1. Add a teaspoon of water to three teaspoons baking soda to make a paste
  2. Apply the paste on the affected area and leave it to dry and flake on its own

If your blisters are already oozing, you may need to alter the steps slightly;


  1. Make a mixture of 2 teaspoons baking soda and a quart of water
  2. Take some sterile gauze pads then soak them in the mixture
  3. While still wet, place the pads on the rashes and leave them for about ten minutes. Ensure you do not pop any of the blisters as that may expose you to infections

Aloe vera

When you have the poison ivy rash, you may experience a burn. Aloe vera soothes you of such burns. It has both cooling and soothing effects.

Poison Ivy Rash remedies at home
Poison Ivy Rash

You are advised to use fresh aloe vera juice right from the plant. Nevertheless, if you cannot access the very fresh aloe vera juice, you can still access its natural products from your nearest drug store.


  1. Apply aloe directly on the affected skin
  2. You can apply it as often as possible for quick results. There are no negative effects of applying natural aloe several times in a day
  3. Each time you apply it, leave it for ten minutes so that it can take effect.


Sometimes, the itching that comes with poison ivy rash can be very disturbing. Oatmeal relieves you of such itchiness as it has soothing effects.  You can simply soak the affected skin into oatmeal.


  1. Put a cup of oatmeal into your blender to make a fine powder.
  2. Put the powder into an old nylon stocking or a piece of cheesecloth
  3. Knot the cheesecloth or nylon stocking well then tie it such that it is suspended in the water in your bathtub.
  4. Fill your bathtub with warm water and soak in it for half an hour

However, if you do not have enough time to do the soaking, you can use the procedure below.


  1. Make plain oatmeal ensuring it’s not too hot. (This gives it time to become thick)
  2. After the oatmeal is thick enough, apply the paste on the rash directly. Leave for fifteen minutes so that it soothes your skin of the itchy feeling.


Due to its acidity, lemon juice is a natural astringent. This explains why it eliminates oils from the skin surface. In the case of poison ivy, it breaks through urushiol; the oil resin that causes the rash.


  1. Slice a fresh lemon and squeeze out its juice
  2. Apply the juice directly on the skin. You may or may not experience some burning. That only confirms that the juice is working
  3. Apply at least three times in a day so that the strength of urushiol is taken away


Rubbing alcohol on the skin with the rashes has been found to give excellent results. Although alcohol may burn when applied on the skin, it does not do so when used for poison. For alcohol to work perfectly, you should apply it as soon as your skin comes into contact with the poison ivy.

When applied immediately, alcohol breaks down urushiol and hence no much damage is caused as a result. This, however, may bring different results to different people. While it may completely prevent the rash for some people, it only reduces the severity of rashes for others. Either way, it is still helpful.

Cold compress

Cold compress relieves you of either itchiness or burning sensation which comes as a result of poison ivy rash. You are required to apply the cold compress directly on your skin.


  1. Place a washcloth on your skin then place ice on it
  2. Leave the ice on the skin for about twenty minutes. Leaving it for longer than that puts your skin to risk

Alternatively, you can dip sterile gauze or washcloth into cool water then apply it on the rash directly. You may need to repeat this severally before realization of results.


This weed grows in the same areas with poison ivy. If you spot the poison ivy plant growing in your place with no jewelweed around it, you are advised to plant some jewelweed plants.  It contains compounds which work against the urushiol which is responsible for the rash.


  1. Crash the stems and leaves of jewelweed to obtain the juice
  2. Apply the juice on the skin that has come into contact with urushiol


Watermelon provides you with a cooling effect on the skin. It relieves you of itchiness that comes with poison ivy rash. A pulp made from the watermelon has more benefits than you can actually imagine.

Apart from soothing the skin, it has also been found to have analgesic effects and to have anti-inflammatory properties. The rind of the watermelon is the best to use for the rash.


  1. Cut the rind into pieces
  2. With the white side facing downwards, place the pieces on the skin area with the rashes
  3. Leave them to sit on the rash for a while. This remedy is most applicable where the rash is not wide spread.


After an exposure to poison ivy, you will find powdered root of goldenseal very useful in treating the rashes and blisters that result from the exposure.  It is an herb that has both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. This explains why, upon application, the herb clears the rashes and any blisters.


  1. Into a pint of very hot water, add a teaspoon of the goldenseal root powder
  2. Put it aside so as to allow it to cool
  3. Using a cotton swab, apply the mixture on the skin area with the rashes

Himalayan salt

Mined from Himalayan foothills, this is salt which has a pink color and is found to have numerous benefits especially to the skin. This salt contains sodium chloride which has been discovered to make its bulk.

It is also made up of other mineral salts which include also iron oxide. For centuries, Himalayan salt has been used as a detoxifier and face toner. This salt has antihistamine properties which are responsible for the healing of poison ivy.


  1. Into a cup of water, add a teaspoon of Himalayan salt and mix.
  2. Dip a washcloth into the mixture then apply it on the affected skin
  3. Alternatively, you can spray the affected area. Whichever procedure you choose, it will take you 15 minutes to carry out satisfactory treatment.

Dish soap and cold water

If you wish to treat poison ivy rash, you must first minimize how easily the irritant substance spreads all over your skin.  Research shows that, in ten minutes following exposure, the substance gets absorbed to the skin. Given urushiol is oily; you will need a greasy substance for you to eliminate it.

You are advised to use your dish soap to wash the affected skin as soon as you are exposed to the substance. If you stay in a place where poison ivy plants are in plenty, you are advised to fix an outdoor shower. You are advised to use cold water since warm water may cause more irritation. You must however remember that the soap-water remedy works only if the oils have not been absorbed to the skin.

Witch hazel

This is an effective remedy that is used at home to eliminate poison ivy rash. It is usually applied topically on the skin. It relieves the skin of itchiness and reduces any form of inflammation. It also accelerates healing of the blisters.

Poison Ivy and Dawn Soap

Dawn soap is safe for you to use in treatment of poison ivy. Dawn dish soap is useful for more than just washing the dishes. This dish washing soap contains strong detergent which is excellent in removal of grease. It has added skin surfactants which prevent irritation of the skin.

It is the oil in poison ivy plant which is responsible for spread of the rashes. Dawn soap when used to wash the affected area dries the oil up and this ensures it does not spread. The oil (urushiol) has a greasy feel and that explains why dawn soap is the best for washing it all off.  It has been found to be the best for children who scratch blisters open. [2]




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