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How to Clean Your House After Lice: A Step-by-Step Masterplan

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Dealing with a lice infestation in your home can be a stressful and frustrating experience. Many of us have been there before, and we know how much of a mess it can be.

Not only do you need to focus on treating the affected individuals in your home, but thorough cleaning is also very important to prevent re-infestation.

If you find yourself dealing with lice in your household, don’t freak out! In this step-by-step masterplan, we will guide you through the process of cleaning your house after lice and provide helpful tips to ensure a lice-free environment.

So let’s get to it.

mom using nit comb on daughter for lice | Africa images via Canva.com
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Pre-Cleaning Preparations

Before diving into the house cleaning, let’s first address the affected individuals. Start by using the appropriate lice treatment products and make sure you follow the instructions carefully. You should use lice-killing sprays to kill any lice on the hair and scalp. This step is an absolute MUST to prevent spreading and re-infestation. After killing the lice, comb through the hair thoroughly to remove dead lice and nits, using a fine-toothed flea comb or lice comb.

Step-by-Step House Cleaning Guide

Washing and Drying

Begin by washing all items that may have come into contact with lice or nits during the 2 days before treatment. Items to wash include clothing, bedding, towels, etc.. Use a hot water cycle and high heat in the dryer to kill lice and nits effectively. For items that can’t be washed, you can just seal them in a plastic bag for 2 weeks.

Cleaning Personal Items

Hair accessories, brushes, combs, and other personal items must be thoroughly cleaned after a lice infestation. Soak them in hot water with a lice-killing shampoo for at least 30 minutes. Afterward, rinse them thoroughly and allow them to air dry, or use a blow dryer on high heat.

Environmental Cleaning

To ensure a lice-free environment, you need to be meticulous in your house-cleaning although lice can only survive less than 2 days when not attached to a person.

Make sure you thoroughly vacuum all carpets, rugs, and upholstery. Pay extra attention to areas where the affected individuals spend time, such as beds, couches, and chairs. Additionally, steam cleaning these fabric-covered items can provide an added layer of effectiveness.

For non-washable items, as we mentioned earlier, dry clean them or bag and seal them for at least 2 weeks (we had to do this for quite a few of our stuffed animals). This will help eliminate any potential lice or nits.

Lice Prevention

To prevent future infestations, consider using lice prevention measures such as being mindful about where you all are resting your head and not sharing items you place on your head (hats, scarves, combs and brushes, etc.).

Talk to kids about hanging coats and hats in their own space while at school or at other events.

Equally important is conducting regular checks for lice and nits. Early detection is very important in preventing a full-blown infestation. Regularly inspect the hair and scalp of family members, especially if there have been reports of lice in your community or school.

Wrapping Up

Cleaning your house after a lice infestation requires thoroughness and persistence. But the good news is, by following this step-by-step masterplan, you can effectively eliminate lice and nits from your home.

Remember to prioritize the treatment of affected individuals before diving into the cleaning process. With proper cleaning techniques and lice prevention measures, you can create a lice-free environment for you and your family.

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