Easy and Smart House Cleaning

Head lice can only live up to 48 hours off of a human head.  Even though it may feel like your home is crawling with bugs, cleaning it does not need to be the extreme and exhausting road that many are quick to jump in to.   Completely eliminating head lice requires diligent nit picking and lice removal from the head not fine combing the carpet. So the good news is you don’t need to waste valuable time and expense with excessive cleaning!

Cleaning the home falls into four parts:

  1. Bagging items for 48 hours
  2. Vacuuming
  3. Washing &/or Drying on High Heat
  4. Soaking in Boiling Hot Water for 10 Minutes

 

FIRST: Where have heads touched the last 48 hours?

  • Pillows
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Hats
  • Coats
  • Helmets
  • Couches
  • Floors
  • Car Seats
  • Combs
  • Brushes
  • Hair Accessories

 

SECOND: Which items are more difficult to wash and can easily be bagged?

  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Helmets

THIRD: Which items can easily be vacuumed?

  • Floors
  • Couches
  • Car Seats

 

FOURTH: Which items can be washed and/or dried easily?

  • Sheets
  • Clothes (hats, coats – or bag them)
  • Items can be put in the dryer on high heat for 20-30 minutes without being washed

 

FIFTH: Which items can be put in hot water (130 F) for 10 minutes?

  • Combs
  • Brushes
  • Hair Accessories
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