We know the cleaning associated with lice is just as stressful as the bugs themselves. Well meaning friends & the web tell you to sterilize or bag up your whole house, but don’t! There are just a few basic things you need to do. Lice doesn’t have to be so lousy!
Facts of Lice
Lice are parasites & they need blood to survive. They must feed every 3-5 hours or they begin to starve. Without food they usually die within 24 hours. Lice live on your head and they usually only leave to find a better home.
Nits (lice eggs) can’t hatch off of your head, & they can’t re-attach! Just like chicken eggs, nits require optimal heat & humidity to hatch. These conditions are found only on your head. This is why nits are often found around the ears & near the nape of the neck, it’s warmer there.
You really only need to wash the sheets, pillowcases, towels and clothing used by those who have head lice, within the last 24 hours. It should be one or two loads of laundry max. Wash everything in warm water & place it in the dryer. If you’ve been professionally treated this only needs to be done once.
Items which can’t be washed can be isolated for 24 hours, or until your home is lice-free. This means the items you use on a regular basis – not every stuffed animal or all of your clothing. It isn’t necessary to bag everything in your home for two weeks!
Vacuum any surfaces that can’t be wiped down or washed. This includes rugs, upholstered furniture, and car seats, but don’t go crazy.
Brushes & Hair Accessories
The best choice for sterilizing brushes, combs & hair accessories is to place them in a zip lock bag, in the freezer, overnight. So easy! They don’t need to be thrown away. Every family member should have their own hairbrush; it’s important not to share them with others.