7 Steps to Cleaning Your Home after a Head Lice Infestation

By Caileen  |  Friday, July 8, 2011  |  ,  |  119 comments

girl vacummingAn estimated 12 million cases of lice will occur this year according to the National Pediculosis Association and chances are your child or someone you know will be affected by a head lice infestation.  Head lice are more of a nuisance than a health hazard but it is important to act quickly to relieve your family of the inconvenience and discomfort of lice infestation.  

Lice cannot survive more than 1-2 days without a human host and they cannot live on pets. Eggs will die within 2 weeks once they are dislodged from the hair shaft and host.  It is not necessary to use pesticide sprays on furniture, rugs or personal items and in many cases, this will cause more harm to your home environment than good. Your time will be much better spent combing nits and lice from the hair and following these steps to kill head lice in infested items.

1. Gather all personal items such as Combs, Brushes, Hats, Hair Clips, Headbands, Headsets, Helmets, Clothing, Stuffed Animals, Costumes, Pillows and Coats for clean up.

2. Soak all hair care items (such as combs, brushes, hair clips, etc.) in hot water (130°F) for 15 minutes.  

3. For items that cannot be soaked in hot water such as headsets or helmets, place them in a tightly sealed plastic bag and put them in a freezer for 10-12 hours to kill the lice and eggs.  

4. Wash all bedding and clothing that your child has used in hot water (at least 130°F) OR run them through your dryer's hottest setting for at least 30 minutes. Be sure to dry clean items that cannot be washed.

5. Place items that cannot be cleaned or run through the dryer (i.e. stuffed animals and toys) in a tightly sealed plastic bag for 10-14 days.

6. Follow up with the vacuum to get rid of any lice dust or egg shells that were left behind. According to the NPA, vacuuming is the safest way to remove lice and fallen hairs with attached nits from upholstered furniture, rugs, stuffed animals, or car seats- wherever someone with head lice may have rested their head.  

7. Conduct a family head check once a week.  You'll need an egg removal comb, a magnifying glass and lots of light.

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119 comments for “7 Steps to Cleaning Your Home after a Head Lice Infestation”

  1. Posted 1/24/2012 at 12:40:27 PM
    Gravatar of DWSupplies

    This is a great piece of useful information and something you don’t thing about. Its obvious treating the lice in the hair but in carpets and bedding is not something most people would think about. The toys in a bag is the best idea.

    Great article

  2. Posted 10/20/2012 at 5:17:11 AM
    Gravatar of crystal stephens

    Its been 2 days since my family and home been treated with headlice, im always drying and washing and keeping all clothes up should i still be cleaning like this my family has no live lice but i have found nits i check everyones hair like 3 times a day since i found out we had lice. i just wanna make sure im doing everythibg right

  3. Posted 10/25/2012 at 9:10:40 AM
    Gravatar of Ves K

    Great article. I like tip 5! "Place items that cannot be cleaned or run through the dryer (i.e. stuffed animals and toys) in a tightly sealed plastic bag for 10-14 days." The natural remedy is to just wait them out! lol

    Ves K

  4. Posted 10/29/2012 at 9:26:00 AM
    Gravatar of Lisa

    Sounds like you are doing all the right steps and that you have done a great job cleaning up. If you haven't used a product like Licefreee Spray that kills the nits, I would recommend to keep picking out those nits daily until you don't see them anymore. A second treatment in 7 days can also help prevent a reinfestation since nits hatch within 7-10 days.

  5. Posted 5/24/2013 at 8:15:20 PM
    Gravatar of Maureen

    What do you do with pillowsand feather pillows?

  6. Posted 5/29/2013 at 12:30:20 PM
    Gravatar of Lisa

    Bag up pillows that can't be washed or dried for 10 days and then vacuum them. The lice will not survive when off a human host for that long.

  7. Posted 8/1/2013 at 7:19:33 PM
    Gravatar of michelle

    What about clothes? Do I need to wash clothing that's clean and hasn't been worn?

  8. Posted 8/2/2013 at 1:59:55 PM
    Gravatar of Lisa

    If you have clothing that is put away and hasn't been worn or in contact with the infested person's head/hair, you shouldn't have to wash them. We suggest washing clothing and sheets that the person who has lice has come in contact with. Hair may fall off with lice still attached or lice can become dislodged while scratching. The goal is to wash them off these items before they can crawl onto a new host.

  9. Posted 4/15/2014 at 9:06:57 AM
    Gravatar of sharon

    I have a problem my grandchildren keep head lice. Every time they come over I have to treat them and me. It has gotten to the point that I check them before they even come in the house. Every time they come over one of them have head lice. I have tried everything. Please help

  10. Posted 4/28/2014 at 11:00:32 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Checking the children regularly is a great way to keep infestations at bay, or to catch them before they become a bigger problem. We would also suggest switching their regular daily shampoo to Licefreee Everyday 2 in 1 conditioning shampoo, to help prevent infestations.

  11. Posted 7/22/2014 at 4:50:40 PM
    Gravatar of Meagan

    What do you do about their beds? We don't have a dryer. So if we keep the clothes in a bag outside for two days would that work? My niece keeps getting them. HELP.

  12. Posted 7/23/2014 at 2:19:16 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Meagan: For beds, it is important to wash all of the linens in warm/hot water, followed by drying on high heat for at least 30 minutes. If you do not have a dryer, you may consider a laundromat. Also, a thorough vacuum cleaning of the mattress will pick up anything that may have fallen off of the head. As for clothing, we recommend the same washing/drying process as we do for bedding. If you are unable to get to a laundromat, it is best to put clothing and/or linens into a plastic bag for 10-14 days. Lice typically perish within 48 hours off of the human head, however, eggs(nits) can live up to 10-14 days off of the human head.

  13. Posted 8/1/2014 at 7:04:47 AM
    Gravatar of Sheryl Gaston

    While on vacation I found that both of my kids had lice. So we went about all the steps you stated above. My question is that a week later we are finally home, I have done all of the above to my home, but my question is, what about the other toys (not soft items) that were laying on the floor when we left. Do I need to bag up items such as notebooks, books, and other hard toys after being away from the house for 7 days? I am not even sure that my kids had it while at home, but I figured better to be safe than sorry.

  14. Posted 8/6/2014 at 8:22:23 PM
    Gravatar of jen

    How is it every second week my daughter has live bugs?? We have ripped out any carpet we have treated her with nix and someone suggested soaking her hair in rubbing alcohol which we have done, but still they keep coming back ....I am exhausted, we live in the country and have month neighbours so its not like they are getting it from somewhere please plese help us .
    Thank you

  15. Posted 8/18/2014 at 10:48:57 AM
    Gravatar of blake

    We have been so frustrated by head lice this summer. They will not go away!! Going to try and find this product and take the advice in the blog....never been so frustrated!!

  16. Posted 8/18/2014 at 10:55:36 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Blake: I am sorry to hear about your struggles with lice this summer! You can find Licefreee Spray! at Wal-mart, Walgreens, and Dollar General. Please let us know if you have any questions, or need more information!

  17. Posted 8/19/2014 at 8:21:39 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Sheryl: It is not necessary to bag hard items such as those you mentioned. A thorough vacuum cleaning of the floors, mattresses, and furniture should pick up anything that may have fallen off.

  18. Posted 8/19/2014 at 8:34:41 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Jen: It sounds as if the eggs have not been killed, and are hatching and starting the infestation over again every couple of weeks. You may consider using Licefreee Spray, our product that kills BOTH lice and nits (eggs). All you have to do is spray (dry hair) to saturate all of the hair and scalp, then let it air dry. Once dried, the treatment in complete. At that time you can wash the hair, or comb out the eggs if desired.

  19. Posted 8/20/2014 at 12:21:42 PM
    Gravatar of Trac

    I have a child that I cannot keep off the floor, as he has special needs and doesn't understand. He tends to touch the carpet or furniture with his head, no matter how hard i have tried. We have been fighting the problem for almost a month. Any suggestions. We have tried borax, salt, and cleaned the carpet ourselves. Should we get the carpet and floors professionally steam cleaned?

  20. Posted 8/26/2014 at 11:38:19 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Hi Trac: I am sorry to hear that you have been having such a difficult time with lice! Treating the carpet with the products/cleaners you listed is actually not necessary; a thorough vacuum cleaning will do the trick to pick up anything that may have fallen off of your son's head. Unfortunately, that may mean vacuuming every day for a couple of weeks until you can be sure the problem has ended. You may also consider visiting our Resources page for more helpful hints and tips regarding lice: http://licefreee.com/en/resources/helpful-hints-and-tips/

  21. Posted 8/26/2014 at 6:21:26 PM
    Gravatar of gina johnson

    A friend called to tell us the five children that we had over for the weekend have head lice. We will not have any other guests in those two bedrooms for the next weeks. Can we just let the critters die and vacuum them up rather than washing five beds!! Thank you

  22. Posted 9/3/2014 at 2:58:19 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Gina: Yes. Although, we would recommend washing and drying the bedding on high heat, and thoroughly vacuuming the carpeting and mattresses in those rooms. Your method will suffice, so long as you leave the doors closed, and the rooms remain unoccupied for 14 days.

  23. Posted 9/20/2014 at 5:43:48 PM
    Gravatar of tinker

    Where do you find the licefreee spray at walmart, as in what department

  24. Posted 9/30/2014 at 5:04:02 AM
    Gravatar of Angela

    Can clothing be washed in cold water and hung to dry? I'm afraid hot water will shrink my clothing. There are too many to send to the dry cleaners.

  25. Posted 10/4/2014 at 7:09:32 PM
    Gravatar of sara

    My husband and I have never had lice, we just found the nits on both our boys. We've went out and bought a kit, washed bedding, quarantined pillows and stuffed animals, tomorrow our house will get a major once over. Will it be okay if the boys go to school on Monday? Should I write the nurse a note? What is the protocol if they have been treated over the weekend?

  26. Posted 10/7/2014 at 9:53:04 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Tinker: Licefreee® Spray! can be found in the "First Aid" department at Wal-mart, and other similar retailers.

  27. Posted 10/7/2014 at 10:20:27 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Angela: Yes, the clothing can be washed in cold water. However, we do recommend drying in medium/high heat for at least 30 minutes to kill any lice or nits that may be on the clothing. If that doesn't work for your clothing, and you have too many to take to the dry-cleaners, the next best thing would be to bag up your clothing in a tightly-sealed plastic bag for 2 weeks.

  28. Posted 10/7/2014 at 10:37:21 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Sara: It sounds like you've done a very thorough cleaning, great work! Once the boys have been treated, they can immediately return to school. However, you may check with the nurse to determine if the school has a "no-nit" policy, first. Also, letting her know is a good idea so she can inform parents to keep a look out for lice on their kiddos; this benefits everyone as it helps to put a stop to an outbreak.

  29. Posted 10/15/2014 at 3:13:21 PM
    Gravatar of Connie

    i work at a nursing home we've had an breakout of head lice.what do we wear to clean a room(gown,gloves,head cover)?I need to know for our safety. Thank you

  30. Posted 11/5/2014 at 12:42:41 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Hi Connie: It isn't necessary to wear a gown, gloves, or head cover when cleaning up after a head lice infestation. Lice are spread through direct head-to-head contact, and it is unlikely that you would become infested during the cleaning process. As a precaution, you could pull your hair back tightly into a braid of bun. Best of luck!

  31. Posted 11/8/2014 at 10:28:21 AM
    Gravatar of Laryn

    Hi, my daughter came home with lice a couple of months ago we did the whole cleaning routine and I did her head and mine and my husband's. She came home from school Thursday with her head itching and I checked and she once again has lice but neither my husband nor I do. We all use the same hairbrush and I was wondering is this normal for one family member to get them and no one else?

  32. Posted 11/12/2014 at 3:50:26 PM
    Gravatar of Blythe

    So my girls and I discovered lice in their hair this morning. At the bus stop of course. Thinking, I was in the clear, I washed all the bedding, linens, etc, jackets and more and put the clean laundry on my bed. And now I have lice. Do I have to redo all that laundry? I know that sounds horrible, but I am trying to figure out if that is overkill or what needs to be done!

  33. Posted 11/24/2014 at 11:38:33 AM
    Gravatar of Lauren

    Can I leave clothes in a closet or drawer for two weeks without touching them? I have put comforters and pillows in large plastic bags but they do not "seal", just tie in a knot on top. is that okay?

  34. Posted 12/21/2014 at 8:16:13 PM
    Gravatar of kim

    Is the licefree spray ok to spray on couches and mattresses??

  35. Posted 12/30/2014 at 2:09:35 PM
    Gravatar of Amy

    hi my 7 year old had lice. I have cleaned my house, vacuumed the beds, couches, and floors. So far the others in my home have not had it, nor myself just her. She went to her dads house and he said she has it. But no one in my home does how is that possible?

  36. Posted 1/19/2015 at 6:12:41 AM
    Gravatar of Lori

    We treated both kids 4 days ago and myself 3 days ago. Every day we have vacuumed floors, recliners, and beds as well as washed bedding and clothes worn each day. No live bugs have been found on our heads during daily head combings. Do I still need to wash bedding and clothes daily and vacuum daily this many days after treatment? I am so stressed out and am OCD about it.

  37. Posted 1/20/2015 at 11:09:59 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Kim: We do not recommend using Licefreee Spray on couches and mattresses, as we have not tested the product for that particular use. A thorough vacuum cleaning of the furniture and mattresses should pick up anything that may have fallen off of the head.

  38. Posted 1/21/2015 at 12:25:48 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Lori: You have done a fantastic job! You've completed everything we would recommend as far as cleaning around the home is concerned. If you have treated, and are no longer finding live lice, there is no need to continue to wash the bedding and towels every day. This can be a very stressful time, but like I said, you've gone above and beyond!

  39. Posted 1/21/2015 at 1:37:50 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Laryn: We're sorry to hear about your troubles with lice, they are such pesky critters! If the 3 of you are sharing a hairbrush, the chances of you and your husband becoming infested are increased. It would be best to have your own hairbrushes/combs to avoid spreading lice when an infestation occurs. Also, to answer your question, yes it is possible that only one family member can have lice and the others do not.

  40. Posted 1/21/2015 at 2:43:57 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Blythe: Lice can be so frustrating! As a rule of thumb, after those who have become infested are treated, and the house is cleaned, it isn't necessary to continue cleaning and washing everything in sight. However, if you find live lice, we would recommend treating again and cleaning the home. To make the cleaning process a bit easier, not everything has to be run through both the washer AND dryer. In fact, most items can be placed directly into the dryer for 30 minutes on high heat. This will do the trick to kill any critters that may be on the items!

  41. Posted 1/21/2015 at 3:23:08 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Lauren: That could work, although we would recommend either placing the items in plastic bags that can be (completely) sealed for two weeks, or into the dryer for 30 minutes on high heat.

  42. Posted 1/24/2015 at 8:22:15 PM
    Gravatar of Hollie

    My kids and i are staying at a family members we have been here since monday today my daughter was scratching her head and i checked to find nits only we have had no one at our home since coming here do i need to clean everything at our home and here or being that we havent had a "host" at our house its ok to not worry about it there i dont want to have to do everything twice if there isnt anything wrong with both homes

  43. Posted 1/29/2015 at 8:24:15 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Hollie: Cleaning both homes wouldn't be a bad idea and here's why- while the bugs themselves typically only live off of a human host for 24-48 hours, the nits(eggs) can survive for much longer (approximately 10-14 days). If you plan to return to your home before 14 days, it wouldn't be a bad idea to wash the bedding and linens as well as complete a thorough vacuum cleaning of the furniture, carpeting, & mattresses. The cleaning process can be daunting, but it's better to be safe than sorry! Also treating the family with Licefreee Spray!® can kill any bugs and nits that may still be alive on the head.

  44. Posted 1/29/2015 at 9:20:41 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Amy: Just because one individual in the home has lice, does not guarantee that other family members will get them. That's a good thing :). Less treating to do. You've done a great job with the cleaning; you've done everything we would recommend. Is it possible that your daughter's father is seeing eggs that were treated, but missed during the comb-out? That is actually quite common. However, if he is seeing live bugs, she should be treated.

  45. Posted 2/6/2015 at 1:24:27 PM
    Gravatar of Unknown

    Since we can 't put our down pillows from the couch in the washer, would vacuuming them and putting them in the dryer on high or antibacterial setting for 30-45 minutes do the trick? Or would you suggest bagging up all loose/decorative pillows from the couch and beds and tying them up in a trash bag for 2 weeks? Also, what is the best way to clean your hardwood floors to effectively remove any lice or nits? Can we use the normal hardwood cleaners? Is vacuuming and getting a thorough car cleaning enough, or should we get some type of spray for the leather seats too? Lastly, my husband purchased some of the Licefreee shampoo today. He says it can be used everyday. Is that safe? We've already completed 2 shampooing treatments over the past 3 days. I also spend 2.5 hours in front of a bright, sunny window yesterday going through every strain of her hair. We had washed every article of clothing, bedding, and the stuffed animals she sleeps with , vacuumed every floor in the house, quarantined all the comforters and throw pillows, removed and washed her car seat cover, wiped down the car head rests with Lysol, ....you name it. I thought she was good, but when I took her to school this morning, the nurse and I found at least a dozen more nits! Help!! What else can we do?? My husband is at home now rewashing everything. He has vacuumed every inch of the couches and chairs. Tied up any additional loose pillows in the house, vacuumed all the mattresses, bed pillows, carpets, etc. What are we missing??

  46. Posted 2/8/2015 at 9:28:36 PM
    Gravatar of laura

    My daughter was at our neighbors when they discovered one of their kids had lice. I have sacked up everything she was wearing including coat and shoes for 24 hours now. Is it ok to now wash and dry her coat and shoes or should I leave it sacked up?

  47. Posted 3/21/2015 at 1:27:17 PM
    Gravatar of Megan

    The preschool my daughter goes to had sent home with her some generic version of NIX Lice and Nit shampoo and Lice/bug spray but not the gel that directions say is the 2nd step before combing through with nit comb. I just combed her hair without the gel since she had no indications of live lice and only nits which took a frustrating 3-4 hours to treat, combing being the longest process obviously. Is the gel necessary seeing how it is Step 2 of the directions? Also, I have a terrible memory. I can't recall what all my daughter may've came into contact with when she was contaminated (how long could she have gone with nits in her hair unnoticed anyways?) so I've washed all of our clothes, bedding, and throw covers, no biggie. BUT as far as hair bows, hats, hair bands, etc. that I'm not comfortable throwing away or in the washer or dryer due to the chances being taken of them ruining. Do you suggest ziplock bag these hair accessory items for the 10-14 days? Could there be any chance that they could live on a loose fallen hair stuck to bow in bag? Thank you for your advice in advance.

  48. Posted 3/24/2015 at 7:41:33 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Unknown: Yes, in fact you don’t have to run everything through the washer and dryer. You can simply throw everything straight into the dryer for 30 minutes on high heat to kill anything that may be on them. Vacuuming the hardwood floors and carpeting is best, and what we recommend. Yes, Licefreee Everyday shampoo is designed for daily-use; it is non-toxic. It sounds like you’ve done a thorough cleaning! Don’t be alarmed that you found nits when you took her to the nurse, it can be so hard to find them all. Especially if you’ve been staring at her head for hours on end combing. The key is, if you don’t see any live lice there isn’t anything to be too alarmed about. If you treated her with Licefreee (Spray or Gel), and fully saturated her hair and scalp, everything that came into full-contact with the product (nits included) should be dead. You’re doing a great job, lice can be so aggravating!

  49. Posted 3/24/2015 at 7:45:48 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Laura: Yes, you can wash the items and dry them on high heat for at least 30 minutes. This will kill anything that may be on them and will be a much faster process than waiting the 10-14 days if you keep them sealed in a sack.

  50. Posted 3/24/2015 at 7:49:43 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Megan: I’m sorry to hear about your struggle with lice! They can be very, very aggravating! As far as Nix® goes, I cannot answer questions about those products as they are not made by our company. We make non-toxic Licefreee Spray, an easy-to-use spray-on treatment that kills lice AND nits (eggs). It’s hard to pin-point who may have come into contact with your daughter, especially when you can’t be sure when her infestation began. Just do your best to notify those that you can think of. It’s also hard to say how long she may have been infested for; the more eggs (nits) in her hair, the longer the infestation has been going on. For reference, an adult (female) louse can lay up to 100 eggs in her lifetime of approximately 30 days. As far as the hair accessories go, another option is to secure them in a Ziplock® baggie and freeze them for 8-10 hours. This will kill any critters that may be on them. To answer your last question, yes it is possible, although, the likelihood of that happening is very slim.

  51. Posted 4/21/2015 at 4:30:33 PM
    Gravatar of Lisa

    If beds were vacant for 7 days after discovering the kids had lice, do you still need to wash all the bedding in hot water and hot dry? Or do the lice die in 1-2 days without human blood? The dad is convinced he need do nothing since they have not been at his house all week and I fear re infestation. Thanks

  52. Posted 5/11/2015 at 9:09:22 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Lisa: it’s true that lice will die within 24-48 hours off of the human head. However, if you live in a climate that is hot and humid, nits (lice eggs) can live off of the human head anywhere from 10-14 days. For that reason, we would recommend cleaning the bedding and linens. Items can go directly into the dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes. Also, a thorough vacuum cleaning of the floors and mattresses will help pick up any lice or nits that may have fallen from the head.

  53. Posted 6/2/2015 at 12:52:45 PM
    Gravatar of Brittney

    I am at a lost how to clean them off car seats? I can't take the head cover off?

  54. Posted 6/4/2015 at 3:25:17 PM
    Gravatar of Stacie

    If nits die 2 weeks after being off a host, what is the reason for recommending an airtight bag vs. hanging untouched in a closet or in a tub or bag not totally airtight? Also, where are the lice if a person only has nits?

  55. Posted 6/8/2015 at 10:46:45 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Brittney, a thorough vacuum cleaning should do the trick on car seats. Another option would be to run a lint roller over the car seat to pick up any lice or nits that may have fallen from the head.

  56. Posted 6/8/2015 at 3:08:19 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    placing items in a tightly sealed bag ensures that if any nits were to hatch, they would be contained to that bag; rather than risking the chance of them potentially moving about to search for a host. If a person only has nits (head lice eggs) on their head, it is likely that the lice have moved on to another host.

  57. Posted 6/15/2015 at 7:29:26 AM
    Gravatar of Azul Saxelby

    I live in Arizona its 100 by 9am u know, can I put like pillows and couch cushions outside in the sun and cook the critters, and be ok by the end of the day ?

  58. Posted 6/19/2015 at 11:22:27 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Azul, we cannot be sure if this method would be effective. Our recommendation is to vacuum items such as furniture and mattresses, and to place towels, blankets, and sheets into the dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes.

  59. Posted 6/21/2015 at 10:18:43 PM
    Gravatar of jess

    Can my dog get this from my kids? And do I need to wash all clothes even ones not worn? Thank you

  60. Posted 7/14/2015 at 8:35:53 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Jess, no, your dog cannot get lice from your kids. Human lice, are two different species that are host-specific. As for the clothing, if they haven't been worn, hand haven't been in contact with clothing your children have been wearing, they shouldn't be a concern. If you are unsure, it's always best to be cautious and either bag or wash the clothing.

  61. Posted 7/18/2015 at 4:48:36 AM
    Gravatar of Weary

    What about leather furniture? It can't really be vacuumed-just wiped down. Is it ok to use leather cleaner on the leather & vacuum any parts that are material underneath the cushions?

    Also regarding beds-do I have to vacuum every inch of the mattress and box spring? All sides? Thanks

  62. Posted 7/27/2015 at 2:39:21 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Weary, yes, wiping down the furniture with whatever method you normally use would work just fine; vacuuming underneath would be good as well. As for beds, a thorough vacuum cleaning of the surface of the mattress and around the seams is what we typically recommend. It is unlikely that you'd need to worry about the box spring.

  63. Posted 7/29/2015 at 10:53:15 AM
    Gravatar of Camron

    We found lice on our kids and have treated them all. My concern is that the day before lice was discovered they folded lots of laundry and left them on our loveseat is it necessary to rewashthem all or would they be ok just in the dryer on hi heat for 30 mins

  64. Posted 7/30/2015 at 6:21:31 AM
    Gravatar of Kathy

    My grand daughters friend came over she had been here several hours before I found out she had nits and lice! I have been on a cleaning frenzy. Even treating my granddaughter with mayonnaise to be precaution! My question is if I put all the bagged items pillows stuffed animals ect in the freezer for 10-12 hours will they be lice free and ready to use and play with again?

  65. Posted 7/30/2015 at 7:44:42 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Camron, yes, it would be ok to simply put the clothing straight into the dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes. That should do the trick!

  66. Posted 8/3/2015 at 8:37:46 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Kathy, Yes, those items can be placed in the freezer for 10-12 hours to kill anything that may be on them. Another option is to put them into the dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes.

  67. Posted 8/3/2015 at 4:41:00 PM
    Gravatar of Sheri

    But how do I get lice out of mattresses?!?

  68. Posted 8/6/2015 at 4:50:34 PM
    Gravatar of debra

    If i wash all clothing and put them in trash bags and put them in A room that we don't use.How long would i need to leave them in there to be safe that they would not have lice on them ps im something over do it when it come to suff like that

  69. Posted 8/7/2015 at 3:06:37 PM
    Gravatar of Mary Helen Schoppe

    I didn't know lice could be so fast at getting on all furniture, clothes, sheets, etc. Isn
    t there a spray to kill the pest on mattresses, sheets, and furniture, cushion and heads. My cat cratches, I'm told that animals don't have them....Isthere something like Vinagar, or something you can add to water and spray in a big container? Thank You..Mary Helen

  70. Posted 8/8/2015 at 2:19:04 PM
    Gravatar of madge

    My child and I both had received the gift of lice and found out after returning from a trip. I treated us both, laundered all the bedding and vacuumed, cleaned all the areas where I felt she we occupied. My 2 concerns are the hairbrushes and the clothing from the trip I had deposited into drawers and closets. If we don't touch the cloths from the closets and drawers for at least 14 days, will they be safe? And the hairbrushes I cleaned in hot soapy water for 20 minutes, however my hairbrush is the rounded styling kind and when you look at it with light behind it you can see wads of hair. I cannot replace this brush, but I would rather throw it out than risk re-infestation. Any suggestions or comments?

  71. Posted 8/27/2015 at 11:27:08 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Sheri, a thorough vacuum cleaning of the surface of the mattress should do the trick!

  72. Posted 8/27/2015 at 11:30:44 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Debra, we completely understand. It's hard not to get carried away when dealing with lice :). To answer your question, the items would need to be left alone for two weeks.

  73. Posted 8/27/2015 at 12:21:49 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Mary Helen, yes, lice certainly can take over, that is why we always recommend a thorough cleaning of the home after an infestation. It's true, cats and dogs are not susceptible to human lice. As for cleaning furniture and mattresses, rather than a spray, we recommend a thorough vacuum cleaning to pick up anything that may have fallen from the head.

  74. Posted 8/27/2015 at 12:33:28 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Madge, yes, you are correct, the clothes should be left alone for 14 days. As for your hairbrush, you might find that the freezer method will work best. Simply place the brush in a tightly sealed plastic baggie, then put it into the freezer for 10-12 hours. This should kill anything that may be on the brush.

  75. Posted 9/8/2015 at 10:24:37 AM
    Gravatar of summer

    Hello-my question is-could it be a hazard if I put any contaminated clothing/sheets and the eggs hatch at a later period that were left inside the dryer? and any cleaner to use on stools that would kill possible eggs? thanks!

  76. Posted 9/9/2015 at 2:08:07 PM
    Gravatar of Lisa

    Any clothing that you placed in a dryer will kill the nits. Head lice cannot survive the high heat of the dryer. In addition, head lice cannot survive longer than 36 hours off of a head. We recommend vacuuming to pick up any loose lice and/or nits in your home.

  77. Posted 9/14/2015 at 10:13:06 PM
    Gravatar of Kandee

    My girls get them often but only when in school. I just used the LiceFree solution on them and it is the best solution ever. I got it at Walmart for 9.00 bucks. It comes with a silver comb which works good and not to be mean I went to the pet section of Walmart and got a flee and tick comb cause that has the smallest brissells and remove every eggs and lice... It works wonders best one ever.. Hope this helped.....

  78. Posted 9/23/2015 at 6:59:54 AM
    Gravatar of Kaela

    I am looking for advice on getting rid of head lice, but first I want to know, are you paid by this company to endorse their product? I dont mean to sound rude, but I am looking for a product that works, not interested in purchasing random commission based items.

  79. Posted 9/24/2015 at 8:28:38 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Kaela, our blog is written by us, Tec Laboratories Inc., the makers of Licefreee®. Our advice stems from years of experience, testing, & research. You are welcome to try any Licefreee® product with the promise of a 100% money-back-guarantee if you are not satisfied (remember to keep your receipt). We would recommend Licefreee Spray, available at Walmart, Walgreens, Target, Dollar General, & more.

  80. Posted 9/24/2015 at 8:50:10 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Thanks for the comment, Kandee! We are glad to hear about your experience with Licefreee. Hopefully you'll never have to deal with lice again!

  81. Posted 10/7/2015 at 8:58:56 AM
    Gravatar of Griselda

    Hi my daughter got lice at school so once i found i started treatment last Thursdays and then i did another one on saturday well since then ive been checking her hair. On sunday i found less eggs than the other days on monday and tuesday her hair was clean but today i brushed out her hair one more time i found a couple of eggs n one clear egg after awhile of combing her hair i found some little thing that was moving but i took it off her hair.. i brushed and brushed until nothing else came out. Does this mean shes infestated again?

  82. Posted 10/7/2015 at 8:59:54 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Griselda, if you found a live louse it would be best to treat her again. Are you using Licefreee® products, or another treatment?

  83. Posted 10/12/2015 at 12:46:06 AM
    Gravatar of Andrew Tillotson

    Great post.

  84. Posted 10/16/2015 at 10:06:53 AM
    Gravatar of Jana

    Hi, I picked up my daughter from school this past friday and found that she has lice, for the fourth time now. It is incredibly frustrating that her school seems to have no control over this infestation issue. Should I take further action? Also, I found that coconut oil kills lice and nits. I tried it at first and found a dead lice but the next day i found 5 live lice and my other child was infested as well. Does coconut oil not work?

  85. Posted 10/16/2015 at 10:58:23 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Jana, unfortunately it is up to the discretion of the administration at each school as to how they prefer to handle head lice. A lot of schools are choosing to be less strict with head lice policies in an effort to keep kiddos from missing a lot of school. I know this can be very frustrating as a parent whose child continues to be exposed to lice. Because we have not tested the effectiveness of coconut oil on lice, we would not be able to say if it works or not. Lice can hold their breath for a number of hours, making it difficult to successfully suffocate them. Also, the eggs (nits) are protected in their shells and are unlikely to be affected by coconut oil. Therefore, if they are not all removed from the hair, they can hatch and cause a re-infestation. If you're looking for a Non-toxic solution, I'd suggest our Licefreee Spray. It effectively kills lice AND their eggs without the use of harmful chemical pesticides. You can find our spray at Walmart, Walgreens, Target, & Dollar General.

  86. Posted 11/1/2015 at 5:06:27 PM
    Gravatar of Crystal Morgan

    I had someone sleep in my bed that had lice. She didn't know she had it. I know i need to wash and dry all linens but my question is I have heard that you can mix epson salt and vinegar and a bottle with water and spray it around the bed the carpet and stuff like that. I heard that the Epsom salt and vinegar with water combined together with kill them. Does anyone know this is true?I'm also going to vacuum the bed and the floors I just wanted to spray something too just in case so if anyone knows if the Epsom salt and vinegar works please let me know, thank you

  87. Posted 11/6/2015 at 10:18:54 AM
    Gravatar of Jennifer

    Is placing clothes in a large plastic bin ,rather than garbage bags, sufficient?

  88. Posted 11/7/2015 at 2:20:01 PM
    Gravatar of Kerri

    My daughter had a sleepover last night and today we found out one of the girls had lice what do I need to do to make sure my family does not get it?
    Thsnks Kerri

  89. Posted 11/13/2015 at 9:02:50 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    A thorough cleaning of the home (as described in this blog post) as well as daily head checks of your family for a week or two would be recommended.

  90. Posted 11/13/2015 at 9:06:49 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Jennifer: Plastic bags that can be sealed are what we recommend. If you'd rather use a plastic bin, be sure that it can be tightly sealed.

  91. Posted 11/13/2015 at 12:57:24 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Crystal, that is not something we have ever tested, so we cannot be sure that it would work. What we do know, is that a thorough vacuum cleaning of furniture, mattresses, and carpeting should pick up anything that may have become dislodged from the scalp.

  92. Posted 11/19/2015 at 11:52:03 AM
    Gravatar of Catherine

    I found nits in my daughter's hair this morning. I have been to the laundromat, cleaned our hair brushes and bagged the stuffed animals and dress up clothes. My question is: how about the other toys that were on the carpet (hard plastic toys, puzzle pieces, etc? Also, because I only found nits no live lice, does that make it should be easier to contain/eliminate? Fingers crossed!

  93. Posted 11/20/2015 at 4:24:30 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Catherine: what a busy morning you've had! As for the hard plastic toys, I wouldn't be too concerned about those. I would however, pick them up and complete a thorough vacuum cleaning of all the carpeting/floors. Yes, the fact that you didn't find any live lice is a great sign! This means you've caught the infestation early, and it is quite possible that the bug has already vacated your daughter's head. Continue to check her every day for at least a week to make sure you don't find any new nits or spot any bugs. Great job on being so proactive with the cleaning!

  94. Posted 11/21/2015 at 5:24:55 PM
    Gravatar of Kelly

    Hi. We found lice on my daughter and treated her with OTC lice meds and I cleaned everything she came in contact with. Also have been vacuuming. Two days later I just found a live lice. Is it safe to treat with your product so close to the other treatment?

  95. Posted 11/22/2015 at 10:28:36 AM
    Gravatar of mrz j

    I am about to use sklice on all 4 of my girla head....but at this time my washer is broke so can i just throw everything in the dryer?? And do i need to worry about treating my kids and letting them sit around while i clean?? This is the first time i have had to deal with this.......

  96. Posted 11/24/2015 at 10:44:50 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Mrz J.: Yes, everything can go directly into the dryer. In fact, the washing machine isn't necessary at all, as it's the heat from the dryer that helps to kill any lice and nits. I can't speak for Sklice, as it is not a treatment that we make. With Licefreee® (our product), once the kiddos are treated and the product is drying, you can proceed with cleaning of the home. We would suggest calling the manufacturers of Sklice with any specific questions you may have regarding their treatment.

  97. Posted 11/24/2015 at 1:17:33 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Kelly: yes, you can go ahead and use Licefreee as it is non-toxic and does not require a waiting period.

  98. Posted 12/2/2015 at 9:38:29 AM
    Gravatar of Jessica

    After treatment for head lice do I have to rewash all bedding my child just used to sleep with?

  99. Posted 12/16/2015 at 3:37:41 PM
    Gravatar of Ellie

    Last night I treated my daughter's hair and pulled many active lice and nits out. I have washed, washed, and washed again. I am still finding an active bug here or there (24 hours later). Do I need to keep re-cleaning the items? I've washed her coat twice but keep washing it again until I don't see any more moving bugs. When she came home today, I had her put her coat and backpack right into a plastic bag.

  100. Posted 1/5/2016 at 12:49:10 PM
    Gravatar of Laurie

    My grand daughter has been repeatedly exposed to head lice ,.. she is now with me for the holidays.. No sign of live bugs now... But !!! She has sores with no hair around them ( looks like a pin hole ) and they itch her terribly.. Pharmacy said try dandruff shampoo ... I did and itching no better.., can some one lease help ????

  101. Posted 1/5/2016 at 12:51:26 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Laurie, I am so sorry to hear that your granddaughter has been battling lice! It's great to hear that you haven't found any more live bugs, that is a good sign that you have likely eradicated the infestation. As for her itchy scalp, it is always best to follow the recommendation of a medical provider such as the pharmacist. If the dandruff shampoo doesn't seem to be working, perhaps her doctor may recommend something more suitable for her. Good luck!

  102. Posted 1/5/2016 at 12:56:58 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Jessica: Yes, after treating for head lice infestation it is recommended to wash all bedding, clothing, & linens that may have come into contact with the child. Also, a thorough vacuum cleaning of the floors and furniture will help to pick up anything that may have become dislodged from the head.

  103. Posted 1/6/2016 at 1:00:50 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Ellie, did you use a Licefreee product or another product? As a precaution it is a good idea to continue cleaning and bagging items like you've done until you no longer find live bugs.

  104. Posted 1/7/2016 at 6:40:57 AM
    Gravatar of Lyndsie

    I just found live lice on my oldest daughter but nothing on the rest of the kids, should I treat them all as a precaution?? And you keep mentioning a vaccume, I don't own a vaccume we have all wood/tile floors so how do I clean mattresses and couches?

  105. Posted 1/12/2016 at 8:21:21 AM
    Gravatar of Ali

    How long do I have to wash clothes and beddings in hot water?

  106. Posted 1/15/2016 at 9:05:44 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Lyndsie: We only recommend treatment if you find live lice, or spot any nits in the hair. Check the children daily for a week or two to keep an eye out. This will help to catch the infestation early if any of your other kiddos get lice from their sister. As for cleaning, vacuuming is best. Can you borrow a vacuum from a friend or neighbor? If not, perhaps you can rent one? Another option would be to thoroughly sweep the wood and tiles floors, and use a lint roller to go over the furniture with.

  107. Posted 1/25/2016 at 5:05:57 AM
    Gravatar of Tiffany

    What about blankets already cleaned used by not infected person should those be redried or rewashed daily? I'm freaking out! What are the steps? She is treated yesterday. I have bagged all stuffed animals they are on deck( I live in MN) all this vacuuming with bagless shark should wec be cleaning vacums as well? Help!? First timer. Feel like failure parent. :(

  108. Posted 2/1/2016 at 12:11:50 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Ali: A normal cycle will certainly clean clothes and bedding, but it's actually the dryer that does the trick to kill any lice or nits that may be on bedding, towels, linens, etc. Be sure to dry on medium to high heat for at least 30 minutes.

  109. Posted 2/1/2016 at 4:17:19 PM
    Gravatar of Lisa

    Hi Tiffany,

    It sounds like you have completed all of the right steps and you are not a failure at all! Head lice can happen to any child, and they love clean hair!

    If you have cleaned your items and they are not being used by the infested person, it shouldn't be necessary to continually wash them. I would empty your vacuum and take it outside to your garbage. Note that head lice cannot survive without a human host for more than about 36 hours. The reason it is suggested to keep stuffed animals in a bag for 7-10 days is because if there are any lice eggs on them that hatch in that time period, the lice should die without a human host.

    What is more important is to check the head of the infested person. If you do not see any more nits or live lice crawling around within 7-10 days, you should be in the clear. It is not necessary to do additional treatments unless you see live lice in the hair again. I hope this helps!

  110. Posted 2/2/2016 at 8:46:18 AM
    Gravatar of First Time/Help

    My child was treated for lice on Sat. Jan.31.and since I was still freaking out I had her treated with a professional the next day. My child was cleared that day and since have been washing their hair with Lice Shield and spray. My concerns is what to do with all the clothes and towel that were used on her that day she was treated. There was live lice and nits on them. I'm afraid that the washing and drying are not going to kill them. Can the nits/lice still live in the washer? I wash the items on hot water and dry for 60 minutes on high heat. She has not been in her room since last Wednesday and I've not got to clean her bedding yet since the pile of clothing and blankets are hugh. So if I get to clean her bedding today is it still infested with live nits? I'm sure I'll come up with more questions but can you help me? Thanks.

  111. Posted 2/2/2016 at 4:36:47 PM
    Gravatar of terry

    I have a bedroom cleaned vacuumed what about closet and dressers
    every time I go in the room I get re infested I have stayed out of the room for two weeks
    I even threw out my mattress and box springs what else can I do ,or what am I doing wrong
    please help........

  112. Posted 2/15/2016 at 9:57:50 AM
    Gravatar of Stacy

    I put all stuffed animals and bagged clothes outside for 24 hours with temps -7 will that work or only high heat?

  113. Posted 2/19/2016 at 9:44:02 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    FirstTime/Help: Dealing with head lice can be overwhelming, especially for the first time! No need to worry though, washing and drying are certainly enough to kill the little critters that remain on clothing, towels, bedding, etc. It would be highly unlikely that the lice and nits would survive a cycle in the wash, let alone remain in the washer at the end of the cycle once the basin had drained. Regardless of if the bedding, blankets, and clothing have been "quarantined" it would still be our recommendation to clean them. If they are too large for your washer, typically laundromats have larger machines that would likely accommodate the bedding. Another option is to bag the items in large trash bags and tightly seal them for two weeks.

  114. Posted 2/19/2016 at 9:49:01 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Terry: If you have treated yourself, cleaned and vacuumed the room, and stayed out of it for two weeks, it is unlikely that you are being reinfested in that particular room. Have you performed the same cleaning regime throughout the rest of your house? Have you found live lice and nits on your hair/scalp? Is it possible that you are coming into contact with someone else that has an active infestation?

  115. Posted 2/19/2016 at 10:01:17 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Stacy, we cannot be sure how cold weather affects lice. Our recommendation for stuffed animals, bedding, clothing, etc. is to run them through the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes, or bag the items in a tightly sealed plastic bag for 2 weeks.

  116. Posted 2/23/2016 at 6:16:02 PM
    Gravatar of Aggrevated mother

    We found out our 2 yr old had lice two weeks ago. We have treated her with both OTC and prescription shampoos. I have only ever found one live louse on her. I comb her hair with the nit comb twice a day, plus our sitter does it once to twice a day during the work week. We have not found any live bugs or nits for a week. I still sweep floors and furniture daily as well as wash her bedding and clothes she has worn. When do we know we are lice free and can go back to a normal routine? Thanks for your help.

  117. Posted 2/26/2016 at 6:15:27 AM
    Gravatar of Brenda

    About cleaning the car. If we have below freezing g temperatures at night and 50 degrees or above will that kill the lice or eggs.

  118. Posted 3/1/2016 at 12:49:00 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Brenda, we do not know if below-freezing temperatures would have any effect on lice. Therefore, we suggest a thorough vacuum cleaning to pick up any lice or nits that may be in the car. You can also run a clothing lint-roller over the seats, focusing on the head rests.

  119. Posted 3/21/2016 at 2:28:03 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    'Aggravated Mother', as long as you are not finding any live lice or new nits, it's not necessary to continue the daily cleaning routine. Post infestation, we recommend daily head checks for 1-2 weeks. It sounds like you're doing a great job!

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