This is the second post in our series about lice, sponsored by Montclair lice removal salon NitPixies.
Treating your home after hearing you have lice can seem daunting, but the founders of Nit Pixes promise that it is not difficult and can be done quickly and efficiently. There are many myths and urban legends floating out there that say you have to bag practically everything in your house for three whole weeks. Luckily this is not the case.
Let’s start with bedding. Since lice cannot live longer than 24 hours off the scalp (okay, the big guys maybe 36 hours) sheets, towels, and bath mats should be washed immediately. If your washer and dryer can accommodate larger items, comforters and pillows should be washed as well. If they are too bulky, simply put them a garbage bag in the garage for 24 hours.
Organizing apparel. As far as clothing, you only need to wash the clothes that were worn that day and possibly the day before. NOT THE WHOLE CLOSET! Lice simply cannot live, once they are off the scalp.
It is extremely important that you vacuum thoroughly around your house. This includes both carpets and furniture. Once everything is vacuumed, as a precaution, do not use the sofas for at least 24 to 36 hours. Any lice that have crawled off the hair are now dead and will not crawl onto anyone else. The other place that needs to be vacuumed is the car. If you have leather seats, don’t worry about it. If they are cloth seats and the carseat is cloth, vacuum them or wash them, including the carseat covers.
Beloved plush friends. A quick way to kill lice that have hatched and crawled onto a stuff animal is to simply put it in a hot dryer for a half an hour. This will kill the bugs mighty fast. Again, if you feel more comfortable and your child isn’t screaming for his bunny, you can also put them in a garbage bag in the garage for 24 hours.
In the end, always remember that nits and lice cannot fall off the hair shaft and hatch on any surface. They have to be on the scalp to live.
This post was sponsored by NitPixies in Montclair. For more information or help with lice in your home or school, call NitPixies at 510-530-HAIR.