How to Kill Poison Ivy with Home Remedies

Which is better for killing Poison Ivy?
Bleach vs Boiling Water

We heard bleach and boiling water were both good home remedies for killing poison ivy. We decided to try it and document it so we’d know the answer.

 

What we used:
(1) Squirt bottle of diluted bleach. 50% bleach 50% water.
(1) Kettle of boiling water
(2) Poison Ivy plants

Conclusion: Boiling Water works and bleach does not.

Bleach and a kettle of Boiling Water

50/50 solution of bleach/water. Kettle of boiling water.

This is the poison ivy we'll use the boiling water on.

This is the poison ivy we’ll use the boiling water on.

This is the poison ivy we'll use the bleach on.

This is the poison ivy we’ll use the bleach on.

Boiling Water: 

Make sure you pour the boiling water down the stalk of the plant so it cooks the whole plant and gets into the roots. Be liberal with the water.

Day 1: Pouring the boiling water on.

Day 1: Pouring the boiling water on.

Day 2 with Boiling Water

Day 2 with Boiling Water

Day 3 with boiling water

Day 3 with boiling water

Bleach:

Make sure you spray the leaves and the stalk so the bleach is absorbed into the whole plant.

Day 1: Spraying the bleach.

Day 1: Spraying the bleach.

 

Day 2 with bleach.

Day 2 with bleach.

 

Day 2 with bleach.

Day 3 with bleach.

 

The winner is clear, the boiling water. A few days later the poison ivy that was sprayed with bleach actually started to bounce back. The boiling water plant was completely killed off and no harm was done to anything else. Best part, all you used was boiling water.

I’m not sure how boiling water compares to commercial spray like Round-Up but if you don’t want to spend $10 on that and just have a few isolated plants, get a kettle and some boiling water.