How to Get Rid of Body Lice on Furniture

How to Get Rid of Body Lice on FurnitureBody lice are nasty little creatures. They bite you. They make you itch. And they make you feel gross all over.

The worst part is they’re super hard to get rid of and getting rid of them from your furniture is a chore.

If you don’t do it right, it feels impossible to get rid of them. You’ll keep treating them and they’ll keep coming on back.

So, how do you get rid of body lice on furniture? And is it going to cost you an arm and a leg?

We’ll go over the best body lice sprays that you can make at home. We’re also going to share the process of getting rid of body lice on furniture. So, let’s go ahead and learn how to get rid of body lice on furniture effectively.

The Steps to Get Rid of Body Lice on Furniture

Keep in mind, you have to treat your body from the body lice for any of this to work. There are lice lotions you can use on your body or medications your doctor can prescribe you.

You also have to take hot baths with soap often.

You also have to wash and dry your clothing at a high temperature.

If your body is still covered in body lice, treating your furniture isn’t going to make a difference.

  • Mild soap
  • Body lice spray
  • Water
  • Large garbage bags
  • Vacuum
  • Brush attachment for vacuum
  • Hose attachment for vacuum

1. First, remove all bedding, covers, and sofa pillows. Anything that you can throw into your washer should be. And you should wash them in hot water. Once they’re done in the washer, throw them in the dryer for 45 minutes on high. The best temperature to dry your things at is 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Once they’re done in the dryer, throw them in a large trash bag. Let them sit for 2 weeks. So, if somehow the lice survived the dryer, you have a second defense. They die after 8 to 10 days of not being on a human body.

3. Anything you can’t put in your washer or dryer, you need to bag up in a large garbage bag. You have to put them away for at least a week so the body lice can die. Make sure you tie the bags shut so there’s no air going in or coming out.

Time to vacuum


4. Spray down your furniture with body lice spray to get a head start on killing them. Whatever spray you use, test a small spot to make sure it doesn’t stain the fabric. When spraying, don’t forget the creases and even the underside.

5. Let the spray sit for 30 minutes so it’s completely dry.

6. Attach the brush attachment to the hose on your vacuum.

7. Time to vacuum all your furniture to get those nasty little parasites. Don’t miss any of your furniture made from fabric, including your mattress. Use the brush to get into all the crevices. Don’t forget the seams.

8. Vacuum all the fabric one more time. It’s always a bonus to go over everything again to get any lice left behind. Again, don’t forget the crevices and seams.

9. Once you’re done, empty your vacuum into a garbage bag. So all the body lice and eggs aren’t sitting around. You don’t want the possibility of them returning to your clothes, furniture, or you.

10. Vacuum any carpet areas in your home. You never know where they could be crawling.

11. Again, empty the vacuum bag into a garbage bag and throw it away.

12. Now, you want to wash the vacuum attachments with mild soap and water.

13. Spray down your furniture with the body lice spray again. You might want to spray it down every couple of days to be on the safe side.

14. You want to repeat this process a week later. If you missed any lice eggs, they’ve either hatched or ready to hatch by this time. It’s always much easy to kill the adult lice than the eggs.

Body Lice Spray for Furniture You Can Make at Home

Bleach Lice Spray



  • Spray bottle
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of bleach

Test a small area of the furniture to make sure the spray doesn’t stain it, especially since it has bleach in it.

We recommend you wear a dust mask because the bleach smell is strong. Even when it’s diluted, it can be strong.

Essential Oil Spray #1

  • Spray bottle
  • 2 cups of water
  • 20 drops of tea tree oil

This is one of the most natural lice spray remedies. Tea tree oil is a great essential oil. Body lice and head lice hate the smell of tea tree oil. It sends them on their way.

But that’s not the only bonus of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is full of monoterpenes which works as an insecticide. So, it doesn’t only scare them off but it kills them too.

Essential Oil Spray #2

  • Spray bottle
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 tablespoons of pure coconut carrier oil
  • 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil
  • 1 teaspoon of rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus

This spray recipe uses different essential oils. Tea tree oil, rosemary, and eucalyptus are all essential oils that body lice hate. Rosemary and eucalyptus also have monoterpene properties.


Body lice are not fun to deal with. It’s a battle to get rid of these creatures. But it’s possible and with a little work, you can beat the parasites at their own game.

You should repeat the vacuum process a week later. If you still have them hanging around, do it again. Sometimes it takes a few times to get rid of body lice.

We hope these tips help you. And don’t be shy about trying our lice spray recipes.

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