Head lice infestation can be a challenge for any household to
overcome. If you have never dealt with head lice before you may
experience a moment of panic before processing what you should do.
The good news is that there are inexpensive, easy-to-use, non-toxic
over-the-counter options to treat head lice like Licefreee Gel
Non-toxic Head Lice Treatment and Licefreee Spray Instant Head Lice
In addition to treating the head of the infested person, there
are also some steps you will want to take to become lice free.
Download the infographic above to help you through these 10 easy
- Use a proven head lice treatment and follow all directions.
Head lice treatments can be found over-the-counter in the first aid
section of your pharmacy. Traditional OTC head lice treatments use
chemical pesticides such as permethrin and pyrethrum, or you can
use non-toxic treatments like Licefreee brand head lice treatments.
- When treating head lice start at the nape of the neck and
behind the ears. Head lice like to hang out where it is warm so
they tend to congregate there. You may find they scatter when you
are moving through the hair.
- Use a nit comb to check for lice and nits. Be sure to sit the
person you are checking under a bright light to help you see head
lice and nits. If you find small specs that come off the hair
easily, they are not nits. Nits are glued on to the hair strand and
take some effort to remove.
- Use a head lice treatment a second time within 7-10 days to
make sure all lice and nits have been killed and removed. If a nit
survives it will hatch within 7-10 days.
- Wash all bedding and clothing that has been used by the
infested person in the hottest setting they will tolerate. You can
also run items through the dryer on the hottest setting. The heat
will kill head lice.
- If you have clothing or bedding items that cannot be cleaned in
the washing machine or put through the dryer, have them dry
- Soak hair brushes and accessories in hot water for at least 15
minutes. You do not need to throw them away.
- For items that cannot be washed, such as pillows or stuffed
animals, place them in a plastic bag for at least 10 - 14 days. Why
so many days? Head lice cannot survive off the head for more than
36 hours and nits will hatch within 7-10 days.
- Vacuum to pick up any head lice or nits that are off the head.
It's a good idea to vacuum mattresses, couches and other surfaces
that may have been in contact with the infested person's head as
well as the carpet.
10. Help prevent future head lice infestation. Do not
share personal items such as hats, coats, brushes and hair
accessories. Also, if you are informed of a head lice outbreak,
keep hair tied up and use a product like Licefreee Everyday Shampoo
to help prevent an infestation.