What do you clean and how do you clean your home after lice!!

Ok…. So after you have been to our clinic and have been treated for lice what are the steps you take at home?? Everyone talks about the dreaded cleaning. Yes its a drag but you just have to get it done. First thing to know is that lice can not live for more then 2 days with out a human host.  I love to host parties and events but to think of my head as a host for lice is really to much.  So here are the steps that are recommended for your home.

1. Gather up all your brushes combs, hair clips, headbands, hats, and ponytail holders.  Now if it is feasible I would throw it all away but a lot of times we don’t have the extra money to replace these things.  With that said all the haircare items need to be soaked in hot water for up to 2 hours.  Or you can stick them in a tied plastic bag and put them in the freezer for 2 hours.  Now I will say to make this easier the dollar store can be a great place to replace these items.

2.  Find the stuffed animals that your child uses most often and their pillows , pillows from the couch or chair if they lay on them often.  Put these things in the dryer for 30 mins at high heat.

3.  Gather up all the bedding, blankets and towels that your child uses and wash them in hot water and then dry on high in the dryer.

4. For items such as helmets and headsets they can be placed in a tightly sealed plastic bag and put in the freezer for up to 12 hours.  Also make sure you clean them off well.

5.  If your like me vacuuming always makes me feel better.  It really doesn’t have to be as bad as you think.  The key is to do this as soon as you know the lice have made their way into your lives.  Unfortunately these steps may need to be repeated if the infestation has gone  on for quite some time.

After all this cleaning and stressing then its time for a nice glass of wine or what ever your drink of choice is.  Just now the lice will go away!  You will not be dealing with it for what seems like forever!!  The bonus is your house will be really clean as well.

 

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