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Zanfel Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac Wash, 1 oz Tube

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1 tube (1 oz.)
  • One-ounce tube contains wash treatment for poison ivy, oak, and sumac (urishiol)
  • Itching and pain are relieved within 30 seconds of treatment
  • Safe for children, pregnant, and nursing women
  • Topical solution can be used on external body areas including the face and genitals
  • Can be used in conjunction with steroid treatments
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Important Information

Polyethylene Granules; Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate; Nonoxynol-9; C12-15 Pareth-9; Disodium EDTA; Quaternium-15; Carbomer; Triethanolamine; Water

The following directions are for an area the size of an adult hand or face. For best results, use in a shower or sink where it is easy to thoroughly rinse off the product. Wet the affected area. Squeeze 1 and 1/2 inches (no less, see ruler on package) onto one palm. Product will not work if less than 1 and 1/2 inches is used. Wet and rub both hands together for 10 seconds, working the product into a paste. (This will activate the ingredients. Do not bypass or modify this step). Rub both hands (

Product Description

Size: 1 tube (1 oz.)

The Zanfel poison oak, ivy, and sumac (urishiol) topical wash treatment comes in a one-ounce tube, provides relief of pain and itching within 30 seconds, is safe for children, pregnant, and nursing women, and can be used on external body areas including the face and genitals. A wash treatment is a topical substance that provides physical relief to campers, landscapers, forestry workers, and firefighters, for itches and rashes caused by plants. This wash treatment can be used in conjunction with steroid treatments. Zanfel cream binds with urushiol, allowing it to be removed from the body with washing and water. Zanfel can be used to clean garden utensils and other instruments that have plant substances on them. It has a 10-year shelf life.

Zanfel Laboratories manufactures topical wash substances used by campers, landscapers, forestry workers, and firefighters to treat physical symptoms caused by plants. The company, founded in 1998, is headquartered in Clive,IA.

Product Details

Size: 1 tube (1 oz.)
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: USA
  • UPC: 689901537879
  • Item model number: 53787
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
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Customer Reviews

It was a waste of money and hope for me.
Ivaylo Djambov
Even if your allergic to ivy or oak this is the product to rid yourself of the poison.
Carolyn B. Kitts
Mean Green (and Zanfel) are simply really good exfoliating soaps.
Jeffrey W. Hayes

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740 of 747 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey W. Hayes on June 19, 2011
Size Name: 1 tube (1 oz.)
Zanfel works. But you don't need to spend $40 for a 1oz tube. For the love of god, the EXACT same stuff is in Mean Green Hand Scrub and it'll cost you $20 for 60oz. Yes, you read that right. The guy who "invented" Zanfel used to work at the company that makes Mean Green. He simply realized that it worked on skin rashes like poison ivy and started his own company and now sells the EXACT same stuff for a huge markup to drugstores. I certainly don't begrudge him for his marketing savvy, but you don't have to pay through the nose for something that works. Mean Green (and Zanfel) are simply really good exfoliating soaps. They work on a simple principle: remove the oils that are generating the rash. Mean Green is just sold to car mechanics and other industrial workplaces that need a cleanser for greases and oils. The genius of Zanfel is that it's marketed to drugstores for a totally different use.

I get poison ivy basically throughout the entire summer because of my dogs. They tromp through forests and underbrush and get the poison ivy oils on their fur and then spread that to me. For the past many years, I've just suffered and waited for Fall to come. This year, it started to get pretty bad and so I began intensive research. I tried calomine, Tecnu, Ivy Block, and plenty of others. In desperation, I saw Zanfel at the drugstore and decided it was worth a shot. That 1oz tube got rid of almost all of my itching and cleared up my rashes in about 1.5 days. That's when I started looking around and found the story behind Zanfel and Mean Green. Now I use Mean Green virtually every time I shower.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Robert Elmasian on March 2, 2012
Size Name: 1 tube (1 oz.)
Mean Green Hand Scrub is essential the same as Zanfel but is much cheaper. Currently, one can purchase a 60 ounce tub from the meangreen biz website for $20 plus shipping. According to the meangreen us website, the inventor of Zanfel was one of their salesmen who noticed a palliative effect on poison ivy/oak/sumac contact skin dermatitis; see "Relief from Poison Oak and Poison Ivy" under the main page's Resource Center tab.

For more detailed information check the pending patent application by Mr. William Yarbrough at the freepatentsonline website. The patent application not only describes how Zanfel works but also has a very nice, although technical, description of the general background of causes and cures. Mr. Yarbrough must be congratulated for both his ability to think outside the box and his persistence in creating a useful over-the-counter medicine. I sincerely hope he makes a bundle with Zanfel and also hope he gets his patent.

What makes Zanfel/Mean Green unusual is that it can chemically neutralize urushiol, the agent that causes the contact dermatitis, even days after exposure. As far as I know, no other agent can do this without destroying your skin. While urushiol buried deep in the skin can still cause problems, repeated applications of Zanfel/Mean Green seem to make things easier and ameliorate itching. However, it is best to start as soon as possible after exposure. Even minutes can make a difference.

Now, here is some information about poison ivy/oak/sumac caused dermatitis I mostly learned the hard way. First, it is not an infection but an out-of-control reaction of your immune system. You cannot infect either yourself or others with urushiol bound to proteins in your skin or in fluid your skin might exude.
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99 of 119 people found the following review helpful By D Alcazar on November 22, 2005
Size Name: 1 tube (1 oz.)
Those who have had one probably agree with me, a massive poison oak or ivy rash is probably one of the most hellish torments there is

Make no mistake about it, when you're desperate to get rid of that all encompasing poison oak or ivy rash you'll be ready to spend pretty much your entire life's savings in order to get some form of relief, so when you see something that claims to get rid of the itch within 30 seconds you think "Praise the lord and makers of zanfel, I am saved!!!"

Not so fast there campers... You might heed the voice of reason and first look it up to see if it's actually worth it to spend this kind of cash on a tiny 1 oz tube. The company's website speaks wonders of it with some before and after pictures of some pretty horrible cases, and those testimonials they have are probably quite exagerated.

I dropped the $39.99 to get this stuff when I had a rash so bad I could barely open my eyes (yes I was desperate).

PLEASE NOTE: I have to admit that this stuff DOES work to a certain extent, the itching will subside in a matter of seconds and you will have some relief for some time.

Sadly for me, and moreso for my bank account, it is far from the miracle cure it claims to be. Also, the ingredients seem to be unstable, I used the balance of what was left in the tube to try and treat a somewhat mild to heavy case I got not too long ago (around 8 months after I bought it) and it had no effect at all, no temporary relief from the itch whatsoever. This company takes advantage of you and the miserable desperate state you're in by charging you a huge markup and promising results you probably will not get.
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