How Long Can Lice Live on a Brush? Can you Catch Nits from a Hair Brush?

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The questions “how long can lice live on a brush?”, “can you catch nits from a hair brush?” or “can head lice live on hair brushes?” are popular that is how we decided to write down this article answering “how long do you boil brushes to get rid of lice?”.

Getting rid of head lice in our scalp and hair is only the first step in complete lice removal; we need to remember to sanitize the different articles in our house that could be hosting these stubborn, little bugs. One of the places where head lice could remain active is our hair brush, and in order to make sure that we don’t see these bugs again, we need to make sure to sanitize our hairbrushes to the best of our abilities. If you need to know how to kill lice on brushes, this article will teach you the steps that you need to take in order to keep head lice away and how to prevent future head lice infestations.

Step 1: Identify the Objects That Need To Be Sanitized for Lice

When it comes to sanitizing articles around the house, we first need to realize lice can live off of a host for up 48 hours and eggs can live off a host for up to 10 days. In this case, we must locate any combs, brushes, barrettes, bows and other ornaments that have been worn or used by the head lice carrier. Remember that lice can attach themselves to other objects that have been worn on the head such as hats, caps, hair bands and beanies, which is why it is important to identify all these objects and put them all in a place where they will not be a threat to other objects or people around the house. It might even be a good idea to place all of these objects inside a regular plastic bag while you prepare for the next step.

Step 2: Eliminate the Head Lice

The second step is the most drastic step in this list because it involves doing a bit of hard work, once you have all the hair brushes, ornaments and combs ready in a plastic bag, you can do what your parents and grandparents used to do and boil these items. To do this, you will bring water to a boil and carefully drop these objects into the boiling water for at least 5 minutes. If you want to go the extra mile then leave them inside for a bit longer. Remember that water boils at 130 degrees.

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If you would like to try a more modern and easier approach to removing lice and eggs off of these items, you can use ClearLice household spray. You will remove any hair currently on these objects and discard of it. Then you will lightly mist ClearLice household spray over the infected items and let the formula sit for 5 minutes to get rid of lice and nits. Once ClearLice household spray has dried, you can safely use these items.

Step 3: Protect Your Home from Lice

Remember how we mentioned that head lice can live off their host temporarily? While lice are looking for their next host, they might reside not only in hair brushes and combs, but also in towels, scarves, hats, bedding and even stuffed animals! This is why it is very important to disinfect these objects as well. ClearLice make a laundry additive that will rid your washables of lice and nits. Make sure to also  use ClearLice household spray on your carpets, mattresses and upholstery,. You should then vacuum any surfaces that you can in order to clean up any loose hair. While some people might prefer to call the exterminator in order to make sure that the house is completely free of lice, you can save a bit of extra money by using ClearLice natural lice treatment products, vacuuming your items, and washing your own clothing without exposing your family to harmful chemicals and fumes.

Step 4: Take Head Lice Preventive Measures

When it comes to head lice and their stubbornness, we need to realize that even if we keep our home extremely clean, we never know when our kids are going to get lice from another kid at school, which is why we need to take further lice preventive measures in order to make sure that our home remains free of lice. Here at ClearLice we offer a preventive natural lice treatment that can be used on hairbrushes, combs and ornaments as well as other articles of clothing in order to help us win the fight against these nasty little bugs. A preventive treatment can go a long ways towards making sure that our children remain protected at school and other places where contact with other children is almost inevitable.

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