How to Delouse Your Home

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Lice may fall onto bedding, upholstery and other items in the home.
Lice may fall onto bedding, upholstery and other items in the home. (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Head lice is a common problem, especially if you have children of school age. After the scalp has been deloused, re-infestation of lice can occur if the person comes into contact with items containing lice. Lice require a warm, living host to survive and won’t last long in your carpets, furniture or bedding; however, they may survive long enough to re-infest you or your child if you do not take measures to delouse your house.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bags
  • Vacuum cleaner

Bring water to boil on your stove then place all combs and brushes in this hot water for at least five minutes to kill lice.

Wash clothing, bedding and pillow cases in your washing machine. Wash as normal but dry on the high heat setting of your dryer for at least 20 minutes.

Place unwashable pillows, cushions and stuffed animals in your dryer. Dry on high heat for 20 minutes to kill any lice that may be on them. Alternatively, place these items in sealed plastic bags and freeze them for 24 hours or store them unfrozen for two weeks.

Vacuum your home’s carpets, mattresses and upholstered furniture. Dispose of the vacuum bag outdoors in your garbage bin.

Tips & Warnings

  • Vacuum the interior of your vehicle as well, to remove any lice and nits that may have fallen there.

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