How to Safely Clean Poison Ivy Stains Off Your Shoes
Poison ivy residue clings on shoes for a long time if not properly scrubbed out, and this makes it easier to transfer on to your skin.
Poison ivy secretes an oily substance called urushiol. The oily nature of urushiol allows it to cling to fabric for up to two years. As long as your shoes are not clean after stepping on poison ivy, keep them stowed away in a plastic bag.
The process of removing poison ivy from shoes is easy but labor-intensive. Be careful to wear vinyl gloves when going about it.
You will need hot water, washing detergent, a sponge, or a bristle brush during wash day. Add two tablespoon of laundry detergent to two cups of boiling water. Test if you can stand the heat before you proceed to wash. With your gloves on, remove laces, if the shoes have any. Open them up as much as you can. Remove the insoles before dipping the boots in water.
Wash the shoes thoroughly with the bristle brush or the sponge. You can repeat the washing procedure until you are confident the urushiol is all washed away. If your shoes do not require dipping in water, then do not saturate them. Just ensure you wash everything, including the insoles and laces.