Thursday, June 19, 2014

You Cannot Escape, Oh Evil Vine

Oh, evil poison ivy vine, you cannot defeat me, nor can you escape MY noxious poison. Muahahaha!

Last week I wrote about the Dreadful, Despicable and Downright Disagreeable poison ivy vine that liked me so much that it left an itchy gift behind. So this week there is an update...

I gave in and got a prescription from the doctor to relieve the itching -- and I can see a definite improvement! When it wears off though, I'm scratching worse than a dog with fleas. (I would said "cat with fleas" but Oliver might take offense at that -- even though we are careful that he doesn't have the dreaded fleas) Anyway, I'm getting off track here (easily accomplished if you are me).

So, I went online for instruction on how to get rid of it in a safe manner... not wanting to use a commercial product that would harm the outside kitties or the ground cover for that matter. I found this recipe and IT'S WORKING!!

3 cups vinegar (regular white vinegar)
1/2 cup table salt
1 Tbsp Dawn dishwashing detergent (the use of Dawn and not another brand is recommended -- Dawn has special stick-to-it-ness powers -- and use regular blue Dawn)

Pour the vinegar into a spray bottle, add the salt, and mix until dissolved.
Then add the Dawn

"Stream" spray on the leaves and straight onto the stem at ground level. Be careful and don't spray anything you want to keep -- this stuff works!


Before at the fence

After at the fence

Before at the shed

After at the shed

 The "after" shots were taken after two treatments. Pretty good, huh? We tried it on a couple of weeds and the sticker vine that is creeping onto our back fence -- works there too!

Maybe I should spray it on my itchies..... hmmmm, maybe not!!  No, definitely not!!

But, Mr. Evil Vine....
heh heh heh

~ sharing the soon to be extinct poison ivy on Alphabe-Thursday where we are studying the letter E



Almost Precious said...

Glad to see you got the better of that Evil Poison Ivy vine.

Hope the itching stops real soon. :)

carol l mckenna said...

Great 'how to' ~ and photos of results for E ~ thanks,

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Kc W said...

Take that you evil poison ivy! I will definitely keep your recipe for weed killing -- the kids could use it as they have a similar problem on their fence. Thanks!!

hopeandjoyhome said...

We have that evil stuff! I am not too allergic, but learned this spring that pulling blackberry brambles and poison ivy gloveless out of my flowerbeds was not a good idea for even me! Every where a thorn scratched me the poison ivy got "in". My daughter does not even have to touch it. She is extremely allergic. She used to get it from the dog who ran through it in the woods and then brushed against her! Last summer she had it so bad she had to get a steroid shot..poor baby! I use that vinegar mix too. not as immediate as Roundup but not toxic either!

hopeandjoyhome said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
hopeandjoyhome said...

Oops..double posted!

Debbi Huntington said...

wow...I did not know about this! thanks for the info, we have a nice wooded area behind us and my hubby and daughter get the itchies every summer.

Anonymous said...

Glad you were able to defeat it! Sometimes weeds and vines can be so vicious.

storybeader said...

it is a pretty vine! Glad you won out! Every time I THINK of poison ivy, my hands get tingling! I got smeo kind of reaction to something on the side of my house. It wasn't itchy, but a numbing feeling. I thought it was poison ivy at first, but my hands just sort of swelled up!

Sarah Leonard said...

Yay to victory over the vine! No more nasty itchiness for you :)

Memories for Life said...

That's great that the natural recipe is working on the vine. And I'm glad to hear your meds are working too!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Wow...thanks for sharing your process and results♪

Cristina Pop said...

What a great result you got with that combination. I`ll use it too for my weeds :)

Betty said...

That's great that it worked so well. Hope the itches are better by now.

Splendid Little Stars said...

That's really interesting. I've seen variations of this recipe online. I even bought the recommended epsom salts. I've yet to make the mixture myself, though. (Some said a stronger acetic acid is needed.)
Good to know this is working. I'll pass your post on to my daughter who has a plethora of poison ivy in her yard.

Jenny said...


Poison ivy.

I remember it well.

And it is absolutely evil.

I don't think it grows here in Arizona! Or at least I haven't encountered it yet.

Thanks for an interesting link for the letter E.


Dawn said...

Wow, that mixture really does work! My significant other is actually a caretaker of a cemetery, and there are a few poison ivy vines scattered throughout. I'll have to pass on this recipe to him and see if he's interested!


Related Posts with Thumbnails