How to Clean Laundry Infested With Lice
A lice breakout can be scary and unsettling; adding cleaning to the process makes it even more overwhelming. However, thorough house cleaning after a lice infestation is crucial. Lice can spread as long as they (or nits) stay on the human host, but are unable to survive off the body for more than 48 hours. They will also die from dehydration when submitted to high temperatures.
Here are some useful tips to guide you through the cleaning process:
Washable items should be cleaned at 60°c and tumble dried in a hot dryer for 20 minutes.
Dry cleanable items should be cleaned on a normal cycle and tumble dried.
Non-washable items should be isolated and sealed in a plastic bag for 48 hours (if possible).
- Couch: Vacuum and cover with sheet or blanket for two days.
- Floors and Carpet: Vacuum for two days.
- Hair Accessories: Submerge in bleach solution or leave untouched for two days.
- Car Seats: Vacuum well and visually inspect.
- Toys: Isolate toys for two days, sealed in plastic bags.
How to Clean Affected Garments?
- Gather up the garments worn in the last three days and pre-sort as usual, make sure to separate delicate items from the pile.
- Place a single load of clothing in the washing machine. Add laundry detergent, and set to hot wash. Afterwards, place in a dryer and pick the high-heat drying cycle.
- Delicate items can't be exposed to high heat as it breaks down the delicate fibres, causing it to wear out. Soak these garments in warm water for several hours with plenty of laundry detergent, then wash them on the delicate cycle in the machine. Let the delicates air-dry afterwards.
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