If you don’t eliminate the scabies’ mites and eggs from for surroundings, then you will never eliminate them from your body. I have read some places that say eggs can only survive up to a week off of a human body, but I’m not convinced. I think they can survive much longer and even survive a washing machine cycle if it isn’t done properly.
Here are some steps to follow when you need to eliminate scabies mites and eggs from your home environment.
Steps to Clean Your Surroundings
- Your Bed- This will often have the highest number of scabies’ and mites and eggs. Since the itching is usually severe at night, you have no doubt spread the eggs everywhere with your hands and fingernails. Wash your sheets in hot water and dry them in a hot dryer. Put your pillows and big blankets in plastic bags and keep them sealed for at least a month. If you live in a place where hot water or dryers aren’t available, you may have to wash your bedding with insecticidal soap. Tea tree oil can also be used.
- Your Clothes- These can also be heavily contaminated. Wash everything in hot water and dry with a hot dryer. Things that can’t be washed can be dry cleaned or placed in a sealed plastic bag for at least a month. Again washing in insecticidal soap may be necessary if hot temperatures can’t be used where you live.
- Your Bath Towels- Wash these in hot water and use bleach if they are white. Dry on high heat. Again use insecticidal soap if necessary. Throw away anything you use to bathe or shower with ie. sponges, luffa’s etc.
- Vacuum- With a hepa filter vacuum, go over all surfaces including mattress, rugs, carpets, furniture, bare floors etc.
- Kid’s toys- If your kid has been infected with scabies, it’s important that you wash all their plastic toys with hot water and bleach. Any soft toys need to be washed in the washing machine as described above or also sealed in a plastic bag.
I know all of this cleaning seems like hard work, but you’ll be glad you made the effort because this is a huge step in making sure scabies doesn’t return. Also as an added precaution, during treatment wash your towels, sheets, and clothes after each use.