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Cleaning the House

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 23-01-2007

Lice can live for up to three days off of the human body, so it is important to follow these steps to prevent reinfestation:



  • Wash all bedding and recently worn clothing in hot water (>120º) and dry in a hot dryer

  • Soak combs/brushes in hot water for 10 minutes

  • Vacuum to remove all lice and hairs with attached nits from furniture, rugs, stuffed animals and car seats. Place items that can not be washed or vacuumed into plastic bags for three weeks

  • Change your children’s sheets and pillowcases every night for a week and wash in hot water