Removing poison ivy sap from clothing is essential if you want to prevent recontamination. Klinke Cleaners has some tips for you to help remove poison ivy from clothing and protect your family from the spread of poison ivy and other plants that cause allergic reactions.

Klinke Cleaners branches across Wisconsin run into this question quite frequently, “How do I get poison ivy out of my clothing?” We understand this is a great concern to people, especially those with severe allergies to poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. For some people, even secondhand contact – like touching clothing that has brushed by one of these poisonous plants – can be quite serious. This is why we want to help and give you some tips that will help you remove all poison ivy sap from your clothing. 

Both dry cleaning and home washing can remove poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac from clothing. It is possible that home washing can be even more effective that dry cleaning because of the many flushes and you can set the washer to rinse a couple extra times for good measure. But if you’re hyper sensitive you may want to take the clothing to a dry cleaner so you don’t risk recontamination. 

At Klinke Cleaners, we highly recommend you wear gloves when handling contaminated clothing. If you’re bringing infected clothing to one of our local dry cleaning branches we suggest you place it in a plastic bag, seal it and inform the clerk that the bag contains contaminated clothing for their protection as well as yours.

If you’re going to wash clothing that has been in contact with poison ivy at home, we suggest you wash it separately so it cannot spread to other garments.

If you have any questions about removing poison ivy from your clothing, contact your local Klinke Cleaners in:

Mequon, Wisconsin

Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Brookfield, Wisconsin

Middleton, Wisconsin

Delafield, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Fitchburg, Wisconsin

Verona, Wisconsin

Stoughton, Wisconsin

Waukesha, Wisconsin