Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser

Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser

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So many trails, so little time for itchy problems, right? Tecnu® Original Outdoor Skin cleanser is a poison ivy soap designed to wash away the rash-causing oil (urushiol) from your skin (and other items) after exposure to poison ivy, poison oak, & poison sumac plants.

Product Description

If you know, or think you have been, exposed to poison ivy plants (or poison oak and sumac) apply Tecnu Original to dry skin, rub vigorously for two minutes, then rinse with cool or tepid water. Although it is a soap, it can also be used without water. If you do not have access to water, you can remove Tecnu Original by wiping it off with a cloth.

The magic rule with Tecnu and poison ivy oil is, the sooner you wash the better! Wash within 8 hours for your best chance to avoid a poison ivy rash. After 8 hours, the likelihood of developing a rash drastically increases. Remember, even if you do break out, wash with Tecnu to remove any excess oil that may be on the skin; this will keep the oil from spreading to other areas.

Don't be fooled by the power of urushiol! The resin from poison ivy (oak & sumac plants) is incredibly potent and lasts for months, even years on certain items. If you touch something that has been contaminated with urushiol, you can develop a rash. Therefore, we recommend cleaning items that could be contaminated, with Tecnu Original to avoid secondary contact.

Hey Canada! Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser is now available for sale at www.tecnu.ca.

Fun fact: The name "Tecnu" was given by its inventor (Doctor Robert Smith), meaning "technically new"; you have likely seen it misspelled as Tech Nu or Technu Outdoor Skin Cleanser.

Additional Information

Weight 2.24 lbs
Dimensions 3.5 × 3.5 × 9 in
Size

12oz, 32oz

SKU FG10281
SKU FG10309

25 reviews for Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser

  1. Rachael Parker (verified owner)

    Dear Tecnu, I wanted to thank you for sponsoring the Wicked 24 adventure race as part of the 2008 gorge games. Also, I wanted to let you know that the sponsored Tecnu team were a delight to race along side of. Our paths crossed many times over the grueling 24hr race and they were always cheerful, motivated, and good ambassadors of your product. They handed out trial samples before the race that I used afterwards and I have not had any outbreak at all even though I did substantial bushwhacking and certainly was exposed.

  2. Darren (verified owner)

    I just mainly wanted to let you know how much I appreciate what a great product you've made.

    The Tecnu outdoor skin cleanser was SUCH a lifesavor for me this past weekend. I decided to help a friend remove some panels off the side of a barn that had been falling apart. Not knowing there were large amounts of poison ivy vines that have been growing along the side of this barn over a period of time, right there I KNEW my arms and face had been exposed to the oils when I had to remove the vines from the panels. Luckily I had a bottle of the Tecnu skin cleanser in my first aid kit. As soon as I got home from doing this job, I IMMEDIATELY applied the cleanser to my hands, arms, and face and rubbed it in, then rinsed. As of now I STILL don't feel any itching.

    Before I discovered your product, I use to have to resort to getting rid of poison ivy by stratching my skin until it literally was bleeding, then poured bleach on it. What a PAINFULL procedure to say the least. But now thanks to your Tecnu skin cleanser it's sooo much easier to deal with any poison ivy when ever I feel like I'm exposed to it. Keep up the GREAT work. Thanks again.

  3. DH in Austin, TX

    Greetings! I was just going to send a quick THANK YOU for developing the first product I have ever used that keeps poison ivy from infecting me, and am quite pleased to see I am not the only VERY HAPPY customer!! I have used products like Calamine Lotion to help me stop itching for many years, and was very interested when I spotted your product in a pharmacy (I was really kind of doubtful when I spotted it, but anything that would help me avoid the ITCH was worth the try). I bought it last summer and put it on a shelf, and I immediately forgot about it. Well, last week I walked my dog along the creek behind my house. After walking a mile from the house my dog decided to chase a squirrel, and I had to go get her when she ignored my calls. When I bent down to get her, I noticed too late that ALL of the plants I was in contact with (it was touching my legs, arms, and FACE) were poison ivy. When I got home I washed the dog, and then I took a shower. After I was done I looked in the medicine cabinet for Calamine, but I spotted your product (Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleaner)and gave it a try. After I was finished, I rubbed some on the dog too. I followed the instructions to the letter, and one week later I can happily report that I HAVE HAD NO RASHES AT ALL! I am amazed and impressed! Thank you for a great product! I am actually going to BUY a bottle for a friend of mine - telling him about it just isn't as convincing as giving him a bottle to try.

  4. DH in Austin, TX (verified owner)

    Greetings! I was just going to send a quick THANK YOU for developing the first product I have ever used that keeps poison ivy from infecting me, and am quite pleased to see I am not the only VERY HAPPY customer!! I have used products like Calamine Lotion to help me stop itching for many years, and was very interested when I spotted your product in a pharmacy (I was really kind of doubtful when I spotted it, but anything that would help me avoid the ITCH was worth the try). I bought it last summer and put it on a shelf, and I immediately forgot about it. Well, last week I walked my dog along the creek behind my house. After walking a mile from the house my dog decided to chase a squirrel, and I had to go get her when she ignored my calls. When I bent down to get her, I noticed too late that ALL of the plants I was in contact with (it was touching my legs, arms, and FACE) were poison ivy. When I got home I washed the dog, and then I took a shower. After I was done I looked in the medicine cabinet for Calamine, but I spotted your product (Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleaner)and gave it a try. After I was finished, I rubbed some on the dog too. I followed the instructions to the letter, and one week later I can happily report that I HAVE HAD NO RASHES AT ALL! I am amazed and impressed! Thank you for a great product! I am actually going to BUY a bottle for a friend of mine - telling him about it just isn't as convincing as giving him a bottle to try.

  5. Scott Nemtzow (verified owner)

    I have used your product (Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser) for about four years and have had great success with it. Ever since I was a little boy I have had poison ivy. It got so bad that when I was about 10 years old the doctor gave me shots to prevent it. The shots did not work. I suffered every single summer form severe cases of poison ivy until I found your product at CVS.

    This letter is to thank you and to say that I use it every time I work in our yard and the woods. Your product works wonders!!!

    P.S. I am 54 years old now!

  6. Beth Knight and Sunshine (verified owner)

    I just wanted to tell you what a Godsend your product is! Our dog got sprayed by a skunk over a week ago and we had tried all the remedies we knew of: Dawn, peroxide, and baking soda over and over again.  Then we went online and heard about Tecnu. We purchased some and though we had to bathe her 3 times, it took the smell away.  I was beginning to think that after so long a time, we were going to have to just wait for the foul stink to wear off.  Each bathing, she was dried completely and then we did it again. Third time was charm.

    Thanks from the bottom of our hearts.

  7. David Crane (verified owner)

    I do a lot of trail clearing and poison oak removal on some trails near where I live. I always use cold water and Tecnu to clean myself and my clothes and tools as soon as a I can after working around poison oak... I think it really helps to use it as soon as possible after and type of exposure.

  8. Mike Pohlman (verified owner)

    This product is very effective! It works GGGRRREEATTTT!!!!! Thank you so much!!

  9. M Wilson (verified owner)

    Just wanted to let you know that I used Tecnu on my son's FiveFinger shoes and his Teva sandals to remove the foot odor smell. Tecnu worked great on removing the smell. I put Tecnu on both by hand and let them sit for a couple of hours. We wiped them off, but did not wash them afterwards. Tecnu did a great job removing the odor!

  10. Steve (verified owner)

    We live in Poison Oak territory and call 6 acres of it home. It grows to over 5' in height, and is extremely invasive, taking over pasture and hillside. After nearly 10 years of battle, it's nearly under control. I've thankfully had Tecnu on my side the whole time and rarely get more than a spot of rash! Just bought a 32oz jug...

  11. Andrew (verified owner)

    I wish I knew about Tecnu before I was actually infected... I learned about Tecnu after the skin was infected. But I believe it kept the infection from spreading further than it did. It seemed to be spreading pretty rapidly until I used the Tecnu. Now it's just in the same spots it was in before the Tecnu. It's hard to write a great testimonial when I'm still extremely itchy, but there, unfortunately, isn't much of anything you can do after you're already infected. So thanks, Tecnu, for not letting it spread to the rest of my body. I'm saving the rest of the bottle just in case I ever come in contact with the pain in the butt plant known as poison ivy.

  12. Ryan (verified owner)

    I first stumbled across it while in Boy Scouts, little did I know at the time I would soon be working as an intern, own a landscaping business while going to college. When I get poison ivy it tends to be s huge nuisance and every since I started using tecnu it has helped!! The packets would be nice but due to the large quantity they are not feasible to keep on hand thus a bottle in the truck does wonders to help stop the spread of poison ivy before it starts. I have tried everything and this is by far the best Poison Ivy Product on the market today.

  13. David Webb (verified owner)

    I get poison ivy just by looking at a picture of it. I was given a free sample of Technu to try when I got my next outbreak. I was sceptical about it working at all. I was amazed the first time I used it. Follow directions and it works great. I have even given Technu to friends that had poison ivy. Thanksnfornsuch an great product.

  14. Laurel Martin (verified owner)

    Just wanted to say this product is amazing! Not only does it work on poison oak but it works to remove skunk spray. My dog was sprayed by a skunk and I was at a loss on what to do. When I noticed that the extra big bottle of Tecnu on the bathroom counter had a skunk on it! Tecnu saved my life I never heard of anything that works with just 1 use. I washed my dog 1 time with Tecnu and I never smelled the skunk again. Thank you and keep up the great work, not only do you have a customer for life but I refer everyone I come across to your company! Best stuff out there by far!!!!!

  15. Richard Howell (verified owner)

    This stuff really works. In a class by itself. Thank you so much for a GREAT product!

  16. Stephen Durrenberger (verified owner)

    I first heard about your product, Tecnu, from a power linesman, when I was a pharmacist, practicing in CT, in the late 80's. I have been using it since then and have recommended it to dozens of people. It has saved my children and me from many an encounter with Poison Ivy!!! My son and I took it on camping trips, when we lived in WV due to the overwhelming abundance of ivy, there. I now live in Florida and continue to spread the word!! I can say, without exaggeration, that Tecnu is one of the most important products for anyone who spends time in the wilderness where these plants abound!! Thank you!!!!!!!

  17. Sharon (verified owner)

    I LOVE this product!! My property has been neflected for years because it is overrun with poison ivy. Now I can be out all day pulling it off trees and digging it out of the yard. When I'm done I go in and scrub really good with the cleanser... Please continue making this. This product is truly amazing.

  18. Matt (verified owner)

    Hello. I do not typically contact companies with comments or praise, however I wanted to let you know how much my wife and I appreciate your product. At 4:30 this morning my dog was sprayed with a skunk. After frantically looking for something to use, my wife found my poison ivy soap (Tecnu) and I tried it. Long story short, it works! I washed my dog twice and it went away. After washing him twice I "sniffed him over" and still smelled a little on his front paws. I washed his paws again and it took care of the smell. I just wanted to let you know that you make a great product!

  19. Jean (verified owner)

    Tecnu was recommended to us by a naturalist at Jefferson Memorial Forest in Louisville KY. It really is a superb product, we keep it on hand at all times. Not only have we found it to work well with poison ivy, sumac, etc, but I found that it works really well as a SKUNK odor remover too! Both my cat and I are happy to have discovered that hidden benefit.

  20. Patrick (verified owner)

    Best stuff ever. Been using it for years with great results.

  21. Samantha Wagstaff (verified owner)

    As a gardener, I probably use gallons of the original skin cleanser. Y'all have saved me from many a miserable summer. Thanks and keep up the good work!

  22. Daniel S. (verified owner)

    This is one product that does what it says it does. Anyone at risk of exposure to poison ivy, poison oak etc. or has pets that may get skunk sprayed, should have this product on hand. Make it part of your first aid kit, it can save anyone a lot of misery.

  23. Jackie Gerrells (verified owner)

    Best stuff ever! Keeps my husband from getting poison oak and took the skunk smell off our dog!! We always keep a bottle on hand and tell all our friends and family about this amazing product!

  24. Karyn Krise (verified owner)

    Tecnu is a true God send! I’ve used it on myself for poison oak/ivy but use it mostly to remove skunk scent from my dogs. It is unbelievably amazing! My dog was sprayed at 10 o’clock at night, I put Tecnu on her then bathed her and she stayed in the house that night. Absolutely no skunk odor detected! WOW! I’ve shared this wonderful “secret“ with other friends with dogs and everyone is always amazed at how well it works. Awesome job Tecnu!!!

  25. Jennifer (verified owner)

    Tecnu is an incredible product! My husband and I had been combatting poison ivy in our yard for a while and we were always getting it. After buying Tecnu, it helped with the rashes we already had and prevented us from getting to again altogether. The company and customer service are great, too. When an item was forgotten from my order, they sent me a replacement AND coupons and a pair of Tecnu sunglasses! They are awesome. I'll be a lifelong customer for sure!

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It is best to use Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser in the shower. Tecnu Original bonds with the urushiol to remove it from the skin, and in the shower, the urushiol will wash down the drain with the water. In a bathtub however, the oil can disperse into the water and possibly spread to other areas of your body.

Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser is designed to be used full strength. To use, apply the cleanser directly to the skin (or item being cleaned) without adding water. Rub vigorously for 2 minutes into the affected area and then follow up by rinsing with water or wiping off with a cloth. If water is mixed with Tecnu Original before application, it will be diluted and not effective.

If you are looking for a cleanser to use with water, while taking a shower for instance, we recommend using Tecnu Extreme Poison Ivy Scrub which is designed to be used with water.

No, using Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser before exposure to poison ivy will not help prevent the rash. Tecnu Original is a cleanser that is formulated to unlock the urushiol bond with your skin so you have to use afterward to wash off the poison ivy oil.

Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser is a cosmetic cleanser that does not contain an active drug ingredient that would interfere with taking an oral antihistamine such as Bendaryl.

Yes, however, consult your physician first. During pregnancy you are more likely to develop allergies, so use with caution. Nursing mothers should thoroughly rinse Tecnu Original from their skin.

Yes, you can use Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser on your face, but use at your discretion. Tecnu is a detergent, and if you have sensitive skin, irritation may occur. Definitely do not use Tecnu near your eyes.

Do not physically MIX Tecnu & other medications, this may cause irritation or reaction. Always use Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser and other products separately. When using other medications, cleanse with regular soap before applying Tecnu. Thoroughly rinse Tecnu before applying any other medications.

The sooner you remove urushiol from your skin the better as the poison ivy and oak rash is caused by your body's reaction to the bond of the plant's oil to your skin. Everyone's body is different so some people react to urushiol sooner than others which is why we have a time range on there. We have found that, for most people, it is best to remove the oil within 2-8 hours of exposure.

When using Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser on items such as clothing, fabric, or painted surfaces, we recommend spot testing in an inconspicuous area first to test for color-fastness. Apply Tecnu Original to the test area, allow it to sit for a couple of minutes, then wipe down with a cloth saturated in water.

Unfortunately, Tecnu® Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser is not available in a one gallon size at this time. The largest we make is a 32oz.

Tecnu is a cleanser and does not have an expiration date. However if you notice it is turning a yellowish or brown color, it is no longer good and you should replace it. Be sure to shake Tecnu Original before using.

Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser can be used without water. Shake the bottle well, wipe the product on the area where you need to remove urushiol, and then wipe off with a cloth.

The problem with dogs running through poison oak is that the oil will stay on their fur until it is removed. The only way to prevent having to clean your dog daily would be to keep her from coming in contact with the plants in the first place, such as keeping her close on a leash or taking a different path that does not contain poison oak. To remove the oil, you can use Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser. Saturate a cloth with Tecnu Original and wipe down her coat. Follow up with a pet shampoo and water. You want to make sure to remove all of the Tecnu so that she doesn't lick her fur and ingest it.

Tecnu breaks the bond that the poisonous oil makes with the proteins in our skin, it does not break it down, chemically into inert substances. It may be possible that some of the oil residue could reside where you rinse off, but we have never tested that theory. We have never heard of anyone becoming re-contaminated from such exposure.

Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser removes the urushiol from your skin the first time you use it. You can repeat use to remove any urushiol you missed or to remove any urushiol oils that you have come in contact with after the first use.

Tecnu Original is a skin cleanser that is safe to use as often as you would like. However, if it starts drying out your skin or irritation occurs, discontinue use.

Enough for it to stay very wet when rubbing on skin for a couple of minutes.

Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser is a cleanser that removes the oil that causes poison ivy and oak rash. At this point, you are better off using a product with an anti-itch medication to relieve your itching.

Anything that can be carried along with steam has the potential to be breathed into the lungs. It's always advised to use Tecnu Original in a cool shower to keep from opening the skin's pores.

Use it at your discretion! Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser is a detergent, genitals are very sensitive, and irritation may occur.

Yes, Tecnu Original is safe to use on your children when used according to directions. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the area after use to ensure that any residue has been washed away.

Follow the directions on the label for "As Soon as Rash Appears:" 
1. Rub Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser on affected skin & surrounding areas. Avoid breaking skin. 
2. Rinse off with cool running water (not a bath) to remove Tecnu & poison oils.

You can use Tecnu Original before using a hydrocortisone ointment. Just make sure to wait at least 3 days after using a hydrocortisone ointment, before using Tecnu.

The reason is that the use of hydrocortisone thins the skin, allowing any topical application to the skin to penetrate more readily. If you are slightly sensitive to a detergent, like Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser, it will aggravate the skin more quickly and severely.

See first aid measures on page 2 on the Safety Data Sheet for Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser.

For the initial wash with Tecnu after exposure to poison oak or poison ivy, it is best to use cold water. Hot water opens the pores, which can allow the urushiol to penetrate deeper, possibly increasing your chances of developing a rash.

If the poisonous oil has already penetrated the epidermal layer of the skin and bonded to the deeper skin cells, it's too late to stop the reaction from occurring. The benefit of using Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser is if there is still urushiol oil on the top layer of skin, Tecnu will remove it and prevent further contamination.

Keep in mind that the body grows new skin underneath the blistered area. This new skin area is usually a dark red and even looks bruised on some individuals depending on skin type. This difference in coloring blends in a few weeks and doesn't leave permanent marks.

Ingredients:
deodorized mineral spirits, water, propylene glycol, octylphenoxy-polyethoxyethanol, mixed fatty acid soap, fragrance

Uses:

  • Removes poison oak and ivy oil, urushiol, that causes rash and itching
  • Tecnu is most effective when used within the first two hours after exposure or as soon as rash appears

Warnings:

  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • For external use only.
  • Should not be applied to raw or oozing area of skin.
  • If redness occurs, discontinue use and consult a physician.
  • Keep out of eyes and other mucous membranes.

Directions:
Before the rash has started:

  1. Apply Tecnu to exposed unwetted skin within 8 hours after exposure to poisonous plants.
  2. Rub vigorously for 2 minutes to remove oil and other contaminants from skin. If hyper-sensitive, wash entire body with Tecnu.
  3. Rinse skin clean with cool running water or wipe off with a cloth. Repeat.
    1. As soon as rash appears:

      1. Apply Tecnu to affected skin and surrounding areas. For best results apply to entire body. Rub in for 2 minutes but avoid breaking the skin.
      2. Rinse with cool running water to remove Tecnu and poison oils. If itching persists, reapply Tecnu, then rinse in a very warm shower (not a bath).
      3. Towel dry gently
      4. Repeat as necessary and before retiring.

      To clean pets:

      1. Saturate a cloth with Tecnu and wipe down the pet's coat.
      2. Follow with pet shampoo and water bath.
      3. Tecnu can also remove skunk spray from your pet's fur.

      To clean clothing:

      1. Saturate unwetted clothing with Tecnu in a bucket for several minutes.
      2. Launder by itself with detergent and hot water.
      3. Check for color fastness by testing a concealed corner of the fabric.

      To clean tools:

      1. Wipe down tools with a cloth saturated with Tecnu.
      2. Wash with soap and water.

      To remove sap and pitch:

      1. Apply Tecnu directly and rub until stain dissolves to clean pitch, tree sap, road tar, grass stains and other substances from skin, tools and clothing.
      2. Wash with soap and water.

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