Lice. Not fun. However, millions of people deal with it each year. Below, I share all my tips for cleaning after lice hits your home… and my favorite product for treatment of lice.
Does your head itch just reading that title? I’m not one to shy away from “gross” topics, so today we’re discussing something that affects millions every year… lice. When one of your kiddos tells you their head is itchy, your thoughts might mimic mine: “Please just be dry scalp, please just be dry scalp…” and when you see a little bug crawling around, you do your best to remain calm and not lose your lunch.
Let me quickly discuss, what I have found, to be the best product for removing lice from hair, and then we can talk about cleaning after a bout with lice. My favorite product is call Licefreee. Just spray it on the hair, allow it to thoroughly dry, and done. Super easy and effective. Now… let’s talk about cleaning after lice.
Cleaning Your Home After Lice
Here’s the good news. Lice does not live long off the scalp, so they are not infesting your home. The clean up is actually quite easy and straight forward.
Cleaning Bedding & Stuffed Animals After Lice
All you need to do is toss bedding into the dryer, on high heat, for 20 minutes. Lice cannot survive temperatures over 130°, so the heat from the dryer will kill any lice that may be on bedding. (While your cleaning the bedding, it might also be a good idea to clean the mattress.)
Cleaning Clothing & Towels After Lice
Any clothing sitting in the hamper can be washed when laundry day arrives. Make sure your child changes into clean clothes after the lice treatment, and does not re-wear any clothing that has been worn (without washing) in the past 48 hours. If it’s winter time when lice hits your home, toss coats and hats into the dryer, on high heat, for at least 20 minutes. Also wash towels, including those that were used during the lice treatment process.
Cleaning Combs & Brushes After Lice
There are a couple methods you can use to disinfect combs and brushes. I chose to put them in boiling water for 10 minutes.
General Cleaning After Lice
Vacuum carpets and upholstered furniture to remove any lice that may have fallen off the hair. And that’s really all you need to do!
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