Does Lysol Kill Lice? Experiment & Video

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If you’re struggling with lice, you know how difficult it is to get rid of it. It seems like lice today are immune to just about everything!

Parents around the world are all asking me the same question….

Why Is It So Hard to Get Rid of Lice? 

Lice have become immune to everything that used to work in the past. Perhaps you remember your mom using a typical lice treatment and that doing the trick. The new strain of head lice is no longer killed by those treatments, that’s why lice today are termed by people, “super lice.” They aren’t SUPER because they can fly, they’re called SUPER LICE, because they can’t be eliminated with treatments that used to work. 

That’s why lice experts like myself DO NOT use lice treatments. I’ve cured thousands of people of lice without lice treatments and instead of retreating a million times, they get rid of lice permanently in ONE DAY! You can learn more about the technique I use here.

Most people with lice are stuck in what I term the “never-ending lice cycle” that looks like this…

You discover lice, you spend hours treating, nit-picking, house cleaning etc.

You think it’s gone for a few weeks…

But, then it’s back again!

Sound familiar? This cycle will repeat over and over again until you change what you’re doing. 

As you’re determining how to clean your house best, you’re probably wondering if Lysol kills lice.

This article answers the following:

Does Lysol Kill Lice?

Lysol vs. Lice: The Experiment

Other Household Products that Kill Lice

How to Clean Brushes, Couches, and Leather Furniture after Lice

Super Lice

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Lice today are called “super lice” because they have genetic mutations that make them extremely difficult to kill. 

A recent study shows that almost all lice today have the super lice mutation. So things that may have killed lice in the past are not effective at killing lice now.

Before talking about whether or not Lysol kills lice, you should ask yourself a critical question...

Do you want to kill lice or GET RID OF LICE???

Because there’s a big difference! Killing lice today, does NOT get rid of lice. If you focus all of your energy on killing lice bugs, you will NEVER get rid of lice! 

Here’s why...

When you have lice you have 2 problems, lice bugs, and lice eggs. Often people focus all of their attention on lice bugs, but neglect the much bigger problem- LICE EGGS! Those eggs are full of little lice bugs, just waiting to hatch and start this whole lice cycle all over again! That’s why you keep getting lice back!

There’s no lice treatment or home remedy out there that kills lice eggs, except the technique I use.

It’s the only thing guaranteed to get rid of lice in ONE DAY, without any retreatments, because it kills all of the lice bugs and lice eggs. If you plan on using a home remedy and store-bought lice treatment you can get rid of lice, but you should plan on it taking about 3 weeks and multiple treatments.

Does Lysol Kill Lice?

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Lysol is excellent at cleaning surfaces for bacteria and viruses, can it work on head lice too?

The active ingredient in most Lysol products is benzalkonium chloride.

Up to date, no formal research had tested Lysol on head lice. So, I decided to experiment.

Since I own my own lice center, I have access to loads of lice every day, so testing different cleaners on head lice is easy for me.

Lysol vs. Lice: The Experiment

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I collected several live lice from clients in my lice center.

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I immersed the lice in Lysol for 15 minutes.

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Then place on a white paper towel in an empty mason jar.

Initially, the lice were immobile, but I set a timer and waited...

2 minutes later… all lice were alive!

The lice were just as active as before, completely unphased by Lysol whatsoever.

And, they stayed that way! They were still alive 24 hours later when I finally threw them away.

Something Better Than Lysol

Now that you’ve found out Lysol doesn’t work; you may be thinking about getting a pesticide spray. Do not waste your money. They do not work! Multiple studies have shown that lice today are immune to the pesticides in lice sprays.

Household Products That Kill Lice 

Lysol vs bleach vs rubbing alcohol

Head lice are tough to kill, a wide variety of household products have been touted as being able to kill lice, but they don’t. I’ve tested them all in similar experiments. Feel free to read any of my articles below if you want to learn more about them:

Listerine Mouthwash: Does it Kill Lice?
Does Alcohol Kill Lice?
Does Bleach Kill Lice?

I’ll give you a hint...bleach is the only one on the list that kills lice.

How to Get Rid of Lice Fast! 

Many people struggle with lice for a very long time before finally getting rid of it, if you want to speed up the process then take some advice from others who have been in your situation. Here’s what Sarah did that finally helped her get rid of lice for good.

The How to Get Rid of Lice Like a Pro! Online Course promises 3 things:

  1. You’ll get rid of lice fast! (In ONE DAY)
  2. You’ll get rid of lice permanently (meaning it’s not going to come back a few weeks later)
  3. And, you’ll gain all of the knowledge and skills you need to prevent a lice infestation like this from happening ever again!

Should You Soak Your Brushes in Lysol?

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No! Lysol does not affect lice at all, so you don’t want to soak your lice-infested hairbrushes in it, because they will come out just as infested as when you put them in.

Here’s what has proven to kill lice on hair brushes:

#1 - Soak in Hot Water-Do Not Boil

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Lice die in temperatures higher than 130° F.
Heat water on the stove until it just begins to boil and then remove it from the heat. Soak your brushes in hot water for 10 minutes. Hot coffee or hot tea temperature is enough to kill lice.

Be careful not to boil brushes

Plastic’s melting point is 212° F, the same temperature of boiling water. Be sure not to boil your plastic brushes, or they will melt and be unusable.

#2 - Dishwasher

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The Sanitization setting of a dishwasher gets to a minimum of 155° F (also called SaniWash, Sanitize, or Anti-Bacterial cycle). The Heated Dry setting of a dishwasher gets to 180° F. Any of these settings will kill lice.

#3 - Freeze Lice

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How cold does your freezer need to be to freeze lice?
Your freezer needs to below 0° F; most freezers are -10° F to -20° F, but if your freezer is cold enough to freeze meat, then it is cold enough to freeze lice. The precise amount of time it takes to freeze lice will depend on your freezer, but 12 hours is plenty.

A quick disclosure: A few items in this article are affiliate links, and I do earn a commission from qualifying purchases.

Should You Use Lysol to Clean Furniture with Lice?

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#1 - Vacuum

The most effective way to treat your furniture for lice is by vacuuming your furniture with either a handheld vacuum or your vacuum’s hand tool. Most vacuums come with this tool specifically designed to clean things such as furniture. Although lice are very good at gripping cloth surfaces, vacuums provide enough suction power to remove them. Vacuuming lice and throwing them into the garbage outside will ensure that they do not survive.

Be sure to focus your vacuuming on the surfaces of the couch that people put their heads on.

#2 - Sticky Lint Roller

For those without a vacuum, the next best thing is a sticky lint roller. The lint roller’s adhesive tape is strong enough to pick up lice off surfaces.

Roll each surface of the couch, replacing the roller sheet as the stickiness wears off.  

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#3- Enzyme Lice Spray! (Non-pesticide)

Most sprays these days do not work to kill lice because lice are immune to them. The best household spray that I have found to kill lice is LiceLogic Clear & Free All Purpose Spray.

There are lots of other household lice sprays out there that profess to kill lice, but they don’t. 

#4 - Pillows

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If you have a lot of pillows on your furniture, it will be extremely time-consuming for you to vacuum each pillow individually. Another alternative to vacuuming pillows is to place them in the dryer on high heat for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes in the dryer, your pillows will be safe and can return to your clean couch.

Another option for your pillows is to bag them up for 2 days and keep them away from the family. Lice dehydrate and die after 2 days off the head.

Can I Use Lysol to Clean My Leather Couch?

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For those with vinyl-leather furniture, you can wipe down the leather with anything. Use a wet cloth, a leather wipe, or yes, even a Lysol wipe. None of these things will kill lice, but it will remove them from your furniture. (Just be sure to vacuum your carpet).

House Cleaning for Lice

This article only covers a few items about house cleaning, but you can find everything you need to know about exactly what to clean and how to clean it at the article The Ultimate Lice House Cleaning Checklist

Can You Use Lysol on the Head?

Lysol should not be used directly on the skin or scalp. Using Lysol on your child can have severe consequences.

Lysol itself says,

“HAZARDS TO HUMANS AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS. DO NOT SPRAY ON EYES, SKIN OR CLOTHING” and “WASH HANDS AFTER USE”

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Harsh cleaners on the skin can cause skin irritation and burns.

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Additionally, if it gets in the eyes, it can cause severe eye irritation.

Considering Lysol is completely ineffective at killing lice, you shouldn’t “give it a try” anyway.

Summing it Up...

Lysol does not kill head lice. But, fortunately, there are lots of other ways to clean your hairbrushes and furniture that are effective. Never use Lysol on your child’s head because it is extremely dangerous. It can cause severe burns, poisoning, and eye damage. 

A Word of Caution…

If you’ve used an over the counter pesticide treatment on your child’s head, you are likely to be disappointed and struggle with lice for a very long time. Super lice are immune to the pesticides found in both over the counter and prescription treatments today! They do not kill lice or lice eggs.

3 Week Plan To Get Rid of Lice

Obviously this is not the regime I use, because I get rid of lice in one day, but it is possible to get rid of lice without my technique, but  prepare for it taking you a VERY LONG TIME. But, many people struggle with lice for weeks, months, or years, trying one lice treatment and home remedy after another and I don’t want that to be your story, so let me get you on the right track...

If you're going to get rid of lice using a home remedy, then plan on being extremely disciplined and focused on retreating, combing, and nit-picking for at least 3 weeks. 

Even the best home remedies and lice treatments do not kill all lice. They only kill the weakest lice, leaving the strongest lice live on, breed with one another, and create even stronger lice! (Gross I know). Also, although many lice eggs hatch in 1-2 weeks, different studies have shown that lice eggs can hatch anywhere between 4 days and 21 days, depending on the temperature and other factors. So, you'll need to keep retreating every 5 days to ensure that you kill lice bugs as they hatch, before they can start laying eggs of their own.

To give yourself the best chances of getting rid of lice you need to be obsessive for 3 weeks.

Here's what you'd do:

Today: Treat with a home remedy that kills some of the lice like the ones in this article. Comb with a lice comb or nit-pick, and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible. Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

Day 5: Retreat with a home remedy or treatment that kills most lice and comb with a lice comb or nit-pick and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible. Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

Day 10: Retreat with a home remedy or treatment that kills most lice and comb with a lice comb or nit-pick and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible. Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

Day 15: Retreat with a home remedy or treatment that kills most lice and comb with a lice comb or nit-pick and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible. Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

Day 20: Retreat with a home remedy or treatment that kills most lice and comb with a lice comb or nit-pick and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible. Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

This is what my treatment plan looks like:

Today: Kill all lice and lice eggs

No retreatments.

Never get lice again for the rest of your life.

Learn how my treatment plan works in this article.

Best of luck on your lice journey! (1)

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