Easy and Smart House Cleaning

Head lice can only live up to 48 hours off of a human head.  Even though it may feel like your home is crawling with bugs, cleaning it does not need to be the extreme and exhausting road that many are quick to jump in to.   Completely eliminating head lice requires diligent nit picking and lice removal from the head not fine combing the carpet. So the good news is you don't need to waste valuable time and expense with excessive cleaning! 

Cleaning the home falls into four parts:  
          1 - Bagging items for 48 hours
          2 - Vacuuming
          3 - Washing &/or Drying on High Heat
          4 - Soaking in Hot Water (close to boiling, 130 degrees F) for 10 Minutes  http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/headlice/factsheet.html


FIRST: Where have heads touched the last 48 hours?

 

  • Pillows
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Hats
  • Coats
  • Helmets
  • Couches
  • Floors
  • Car Seats
  • Combs 
  • Brushes
  • Hair Accessories
  • SECOND: Which items are more difficult to wash and can easily be bagged?
    • Pillows
    • Blankets
    • Stuffed Animals
    • Helmets
    THIRD: Which items can easily be vacuumed?
    • Floors
    • Couches
    • Car Seats
    FOURTH: Which items can be washed and/or dried easily?
    • Sheets
    • Clothes (hats, coats - or bag them)

                     Items can be put in the dryer on high heat for 20-30 minutes without being washed

    FIFTH: Which items can be put in hot water (130 F) for 10 minutes?
    • Combs
    • Brushes 
    • Hair Accessories


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