The most common misconception is that the entire house needs to be turned upside down and inside out when head lice is present. This is wrong, wrong, wrong! A louse will die once it is off the head for 24 hours. A nit becomes in-viable after it comes off the hair shaft. It will not be able to continue its life cycle. The chances that a nit or live lice are somewhere “lurking around” are slim to none! Do not waste your energy cleaning or lose focus on what is important. Focus all of your time and energy on the head of the child with lice.
- Wash the sheets and pillow case
- Put the comforter, pillow, stuffed animals (that are slept with only) into the dryer for 30 minutes
- Put hairbrushes, combs and hair accessories into a Ziploc baggie..freeze for 3 hours
Any other cleaning you do is only going to make you feel better. If you want to vacuum the carpets and the couch, go for it! Backpacks and jackets can be thrown in the dryer for 30 minutes. Deep cleaning the house just is not necessary, and can put more stress on you during an already stressful time.
**Very Important: Do not waste your money on furniture sprays as they are loaded with environmentally hazardous ingredients and are unnecessary to use.**