Cleaning After Lice

Once a case of head lice is confirmed in your household, the most important first step is to have everyone professionally checked for lice to prevent it from spreading. Once you determine how many people in your household have head lice, it’s important to have it treated effectively. Head lice are resistant to the most common over the counter products. You can learn more about the safe and effective treatment options at Pediatric Hair Solutions here.

Once you begin treatment, the next step is to start home cleaning. It’s most important to understand that a lice infestation is on the head, not in the home, so there is no need to have your home deep cleaned. Head lice cannot live off the human head longer than 24-48 hours.

Home Cleaning Recommendations:

  • The following items should be put in a dryer on high heat for 45 minutes (no need to wash, water has no affect on lice): Bed linens, comforters, blankets, pillowcases/shams, pillows, jackets, scarves and any clothes worn or towels used in the last 48 hours.
  • Any items that cannot be placed in a dryer or withstand heat should be isolated or bagged for 48 hours.
  • The following areas should be lightly vacuumed: carpets, rugs, cloth sofas and chairs.
  • Vacuum or lint roll car seats and safety seats.
  • Isolate or bag hair brushes, ties, scrunchies, helmets or hats.