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Does Lysol work on furniture to kill head lice?

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While Lysol can be used to help control head lice on combs and brushes, by soaking them in the solution for at least 1 hour, furniture should be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner. There is a small risk of getting a reinfestation from furniture.

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When treating for head lice, furniture and surrounding areas, including the entire floor, should be thoroughly vacuumed to remove all lice that may have fallen from an infested person. Fumigant sprays should be avoided due to their toxicity.

All linens and clothing should be washed using hot water at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit in temperature, followed by a drying cycle of at least 20 minutes at high heat. Non-washable items should be dry cleaned. Items that cannot be dry cleaned or washed, such as comforters and stuffed animals, should be sealed in a plastic bag for 2 weeks.

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