Zanfel Poison Ivy, Poison Oak & Sumac Wash is a safe and effective topical solution for the skin reaction caused by exposure to poison ivy, poison oak, and sumac. It is the only product known to remove urushiol, the toxin responsible for the reaction, from your skin, instead of just treating the symptoms. Zanfel works by binding to the urushiol, creating an aggregated cluster. The clusters are easily washed away with water, allowing the affected area to begin healing immediately. A one-ounce tube of Zanfel contains enough product to wash approximately 15 patches of skin the size of an adult hand.
In these last few days, I squeezed the remaining amounts of Zanfel from a tube I bought several years ago. It worked to reduce the itching and rash from a local PI infection on my leg. Zanfel did the job for me twice before on local PI infections so I definitely got my money’s worth. However, when I bought it, I, like others here, winched at the price and nearly put it back on the shelf. Later on, when I read through the Zanfel patent online, I was planning to try mixing toothpaste with nonoxynol-9, maybe add a little Tide and sand. But I’m glad to hear that cheaper generic versions of Zanfel are now available. Seems like the various generic versions lack the nonoxynol-9, but it’s pretty easy to add that in, and see if it really makes such a difference. (PS: Thanks vauron for posting your experiment findings.)