How to clean your house after a case of scabies

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How to clean your house after a case of scabies
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Scabies is caused by a tiny mite that burrows under the skin of humans and causes itching and tiny red spots. Scabies is highly contagious and the skin must be treated with medication in lotion form. When someone in your family is being treated for scabies, you will also need to clean your house to eradicate any mites and eggs.

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  • Laundry soap
  • Vacuum
  • Plastic bags
  • Garbage bag

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  1. 1

    Remove the bedding of all members of the household, even if only one person is affected by scabies. Wash all pillows, sheets, blankets and comforters in hot water in a washing machine with laundry soap.

  2. 2

    Wash all clothing that was recently worn. Clothes that were not used and kept inside a closed closet or drawers will not need to be washed. Clothes hampers and wash baskets must be washed in hot water with laundry soap.

  3. 3

    Bring any dry-clean-only items to a dry cleaner.

  4. 4

    Use the dryer for any items that are not washable. This may include decorative pillows or rugs. Turn on the dryer for 30 minutes on high. If the dryer method cannot be used for a particular item, place it in a plastic bag for two weeks and then remove it from the bag. Scabies will not be able to survive for more than two or three days without human contact. Discard the bag in the garbage.

  5. 5

    Vacuum carpets and furniture to remove mites and eggs. Couches, chairs, ottomans, curtains, mattresses and box springs should be vacuumed very well. Be sure to vacuum the carpeting or floor under pieces of furniture. Vacuum once a day for a week after the scabies outbreak.

  6. 6

    Discard the vacuum cleaner bag in a garbage bag and place it in an outdoor receptacle.

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