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How to Clean Up Itching Powder

Updated February 21, 2017

Itching powder is a novelty item commonly found in joke shops and souvenir outlets. Made mostly from the hairlike slivers found on the end of maple tree seeds, itching powder causes the victim to experience intense itching. Though not dangerous or toxic, the product can be annoying. If a container of itching powder has spilt, proper cleanup is necessary.

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  1. Wash hands, forearms, and other parts of the body that have come in contact with itching powder. Rub the skin thoroughly with a soft scrub brush or loofah to remove the hairlike slivers.

  2. Rinse the hands and body thoroughly after cleaning. Pat yourself dry with a soft, clean towel.

  3. Add any clothes that have been contaminated by the itching powder to your next load of laundry. Use an extended wash cycle to ensure that all the slivers are removed from your clothing.

  4. Vacuum rugs, carpeting, or couch cushions that may hold remnants of the powder. Use various vacuum attachments to effectively clean between cushions or along baseboards.

  5. Tip

    Avoid using a broom or dustpan to clean up spilt itching powder, because this method will leave behind some of the hairlike slivers.


    Contact a doctor if a rash or other discolouration appears on any part of your body. Keep children and pets away from the spilt itching powder.

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Things You'll Need

  • Hand/body soap
  • Soft scrub brush
  • Clean towel
  • Washing powder
  • Vacuum
  • Vacuum attachments (optional)

About the Author

Brandon Getty began writing professionally in 2008, with columns appearing in "Thrasher" magazine. He received a Bachelor of Arts in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and lives in Stockton, Calif.

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