Stop the lice-cleaning madness!

Reclaiming Your Clean Home After Lice is Easier Than You Might Think

One of the most relieving things we tell people after they find out they have lice is that lice are not living in their home or on their stuff. Finding out you have head lice can be scary, frustrating, and unsettling, and adding house cleaning to the process makes it even more overwhelming. Well, it doesn’t need to be and here’s why:

The current lice cleanup recommendations for your home fall under the same category as those for other human parasites, like fleas and bedbugs. Fleas and bedbugs lay their eggs on our stuff and use the human host only for a blood meal. So vacuuming and bagging and repeating the process a few times are important because you need to make sure that you’re removing all the eggs, as well as any newly hatched bugs, to end the cycle. Head lice, however, lay their eggs (nits) only in the perfect spot to incubate and hatch: on the human host. They do not lay their eggs on our stuff. This means you do not need to clean every last stuffed animal, clear every drawer and closet of clothes to wash and dry on hot, or strip the bed completely and vacuum the mattress. When a member of your household receives the Lice diagnoses, you do not need to vacuum everything, spend the day at the Laundromat, or burn your house down. You may need to do all that cleaning for fleas or bed bugs, but none of that is necessary for head lice.

You’re contagious only with an adult female louse. She’s the egg layer and it’s her job to lay her nits on human hair (up to 10 new nits per day). Lice are spread when someone has direct head-to-head (or more specifically, hair-to-hair) contact with a person who has adult lice or uses that person’s hairbrush. That adult female louse is interested only in going where she can lay her nits—where there’s a blood meal, warmth, and moisture. She’s not leaving her delicious human host for a stuffed animal, a sofa, or a seat on an airplane. A hairbrush can drag out a louse that’s on a hair shaft or pull one off by accident or through static electricity. For this reason, your house cleanup should be much more focused on stuff that touches the head directly:

  • Hairbrush that was used in the past 3 days
  • Towel that was last used to dry your hair after a bath or shower
  • Pillow case (not the pillow itself; lice do not burrow)
  • Stuffed animal or lovie blanket used near the head
  • Cloth seat back, like a car seat

Whenever we do an in-service for a school district nursing association we often hear that they have a family who were treated and cleared by the nurse to come back, but three weeks later they have lice again. The nurse generally blames this on the family not cleaning their house well enough. The truth is that too often people still have lice because of treatment failure and almost never because the house wasn’t cleaned properly. There’s growing evidence that permethrin- and malathion-based lice treatment products no longer work. We were a part of a study that proves lice have developed a gene to filter out the neurotoxins used in these products, rendering them less effective and leaving people with head lice after multiple treatments. But after using a safe and effective product, like KaPOW! Lice Attack Solution, and with simple house cleanup and follow-up, that case of lice is done.

Contact Center for Lice Control’s 24/7 lice hotline at (610) 324-5661 for any questions or to schedule a head check, and visit our website for helpful information and great videos, or to order KaPOW! Lice Products:


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