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How to Remove Lice From Home

An infestation of lice can quickly move from someone's head to the entire home. Lice live very easily in beds, furniture, carpets and any other place they can hide and wait for someone to bite and feed off of. Lice also are able to reproduce quickly. One female louse can spawn 105 lice in its 35 day life.

Things You Will Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Garbage bags
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Washing machine

An infestation of lice can quickly move from someone's head to the entire home.  Lice live very easily in beds, furniture, carpets and any other place they can hide and wait for someone to bite and feed off of.

Lice also are able to reproduce quickly.  One female louse can spawn 105 lice in its 35 day life.

It is important to understand where lice live to be able to completely remove them from your home. 

  1. Soak all of your hair accessories and brushes or combs in a cup or bucket of pure rubbing alcohol for an hour. This will kill any lice or nits on those items.
  2. Wash all clothing, bedding and other cloth items in your home on the hottest setting on your washing machine. This may sound a bit over zealous, but lice can hide almost anywhere so this step is very necessary.
  3. Vacuum every carpeted or upholstered area in your home. Vacuum everything all at once without breaks in between. Lice may be able to escape from the vacuum bag or canister. Dump the canister or throw away the bag as soon as you are finished.
  4. Place anything that cannot be washed or vacuumed into a garbage bag and tie it tightly closed. Leave it closed for at least two weeks.

Things You Will Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Garbage bags
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Washing machine

About the Author

Ashley Kurz, a full-time professional writer since 2009, publishes on various informational websites. An expert in the craft field specializing in craft-related topics, Kurz has taught arts and crafts for group therapy sessions.