How to clean the house once you find lice

When you discover that your children have head lice, you might go into a tailspin, obsessively trying to clean your home to prevent any further infestation. Relax! Lice feed off blood and cannot subsist when not on a scalp.

They cannot camp out on bedding, flooring or on stuffed animals. Not only is it unlikely a louse would fall off a head – once an egg hatches, it tightly adheres to the hair strand – it would die within 24-48 hours. Lice eggs (nits) also require the warmth and moisture of a human scalp to hatch; they will not hatch unless they are very close to the head.

Additionally, lice can only crawl – they cannot jump or fly – so any that have managed to survive off the human head will not be able to jump back on.

Having said that, there are a few chores that should be done for extra protection, as well as for the psychological benefit of feeling clean!

  1. Throw all bedding, stuffed animals, clothes and hats worn in past 2-3 days into the dryer for 30-40 minutes on high or leave unused for 2-3 days.
  2. Stuffed animals and pillows that cannot fit in the dryer should be bagged in plastic for 2-3 days.
  3. Vacuum couch, lay a sheet on it for 2-3 days – sitting on it will be fine!
  4. Vacuum carpets and discourage lying on the floor for 2-3 days
  5. Vacuum car seats
  6. To rid hairbrushes, combs, barrettes, and other hair ornaments of lice, boil them for 30 minutes or place them in a ziplock bag in the freezer for 48 hours.


The most efficient and effective way for safe lice removal is an hour appointment at a lice treatment center. If you are in Denver/Arvada or Colorado Springs area, call Lice & Easy at 303-416-2216.