If you are reading this right now, you are probably well aware that getting rid of lice and the infestation that comes with it is a tedious and very “nit-picky” process. It requires a lot of patience and takes time. With the proper guidance and know how, you can get through it and lice do not have to bug you for long.

If you believe that you or any of your children have lice, try not to be alarmed. Remember that lice and nits are not dangerous. They do not cause harm and do not mean you are dirty or disease ridden. Anyone, anywhere, can have lice. Before you can begin to get rid of the lice and nits, you will want to make sure that all family members in your household from this point on have their own set of combs and brushes. Label them if you need to- this might make it easier. If you choose not to get rid of your current brush or comb, you need to make sure that all hair is removed and then the combs and brushes should be boiled for about 5 minutes. You will want to put clothing, bed linens and towels used within the past 48 hours through a hot laundry cycle and then put them in the dryer on the highest heat setting for at least 45 minutes. Your child’s backpack should be placed in the dryer as well since that is worn close to their head. For items that can not be washed, you can have them dry cleaned or placed in a sealed bag for 2-3 days. Sports and bike helmets should also be bagged for 2-3 days.

Because lice do not survive long if they fall off of a head (they need food to survive), you do not have to go and spend endless hours cleaning your home. More hours should be spent on getting the families heads clean. The vacuum cleaner should be your best friend around the house and if you just run it over rugs, furniture and in your car, you will be covered.

One important thing you do not want to forget is to tell all the people that you and your children have been around. We have heard too many stories of classrooms and schools that have had lice outbreaks and because of families not communicating with one another in regards to lice, the lice situation remains within the classroom all throughout the year. You might feel uncomfortable at the time for being the bearer of bad news, but in the end, everyone will be singing your praises for bringing awareness to a situation. You can not treat or help a situation if you do not know about it and early detection is one of the best lines of defense.

Remember, lice is all about information, control and education and if everyone takes a part in the war on lice, we will have a win!

Remember, here at Potomac Lice Lady we are dedicated to helping you win the war on lice. Contact us at any time and we will help you be lice free with a smile. As always, have a “de-liceful” day!


Lauren Salzberg

Potomac Lice Lady, LLC