Tip of the month: February 2018
Treating your home after hearing you have lice can seem daunting, but we promise you that it is not difficult and can be done quickly and efficiently. There are many myths and urban legends floating out there that say you have to bag practically everything in your house for three whole weeks. Luckily this is not the case.
- Bedding: Since lice cannot live longer than 24 hours off the scalp (okay, the big guys maybe 36 hours) sheets, towels, and bath mats should be washed immediately. If your washer and dryer accommodates larger items, comforters and pillows should be washed as well. If they are too bulky, simply put them a garbage bag in the garage for 24 hours.
- Clothes: You only need to wash the clothes that were worn that day and possibly the day before. NOT THE WHOLE CLOSET! Lice simply cannot live, once they are off the scalp.
- Vacuum: This includes both carpets and furniture. Once everything is vacuumed, as a precaution, do not use the sofas for at least 24 to 36 hours. The other place that needs to be vacuumed is the car. If you have leather seats, don’t worry about it. If they are cloth seats and the car seat is cloth, vacuum them or wash them, including the car seat covers.
- Stuffed Animals: A quick way to kill lice that have hatched and crawled onto a stuff animal is to simply put it in a hot dryer for a half an hour or put them in a garbage bag in the garage for 24 hours.
In the end, always remember that nits and lice cannot fall off the hair shaft and hatch on any surface. They have to be on the scalp to live.