Can head lice live on your pillow?

If you’re reading this article, then chances are that you have head lice or know someone who does. Don’t worry, head lice are more common than you think! But, one question remains unanswered: can they live on your pillow?

What Are Head Lice?

First things first, let’s understand what head lice really are. Head lice are small insects that thrive in human hair and feed off blood from the scalp. They lay their eggs (known as nits) close to the roots of a strand of hair and attach them there with a sticky substance for safekeeping.

Head lice usually spread through direct contact with an infested person’s hair or by sharing personal items such as combs, brushes or hats. So if you want to avoid them at all costs- just don’t share stuff.

How Long Do Head Lice Live Without a Host?

Now many people ask whether head lice can survive outside of their host body. It depends but generally speaking…not for too long!

According to some studies/researchers/experts/lunatics/hippies,head lice can only go without feeding off blood for about 24 -48 hours before drying out completely and dying.

But here’s where it gets interesting…

Can Head LICE Live On A Pillow?

The short answer is no; however, hang tight because there’s more to this story…

While headlice themselves cannot survive on pillows, their nits (their precious offspring) – oh boy – could still possibly be alive after being detached from the host’s scalp and stuck onto…you guessed it…the PILLOWCASE!!!

Even when properly washed,

“It takes hot water above 130°F degrees Fahrenheit (54°Celsius), along with adequate washing action/time/took/toilet (“Lord of the Rings” pun totally intended)⁠ to kill lice and their eggs, BUT make sure to wash your bedding in general/ routinely”

according to doctors/scientists/researchers/experts or whatever floating around out there on Google.

Should You Replace Your Pillow?

Now you might be wondering if it’s necessary to throw away that pillow of yours after a lice infestation? There’s no need for replacing a perfectly good pillow as long as it has been properly washed (or at least- heavily cleaned).

But, Still…

It is said that one should do the following:

Soak combs in boiling water for five minutes. Clean hairbrushes with hot soapy water then soak them in rubbing alcohol for an hour. Sterilize hair clips by boiling them; place all other personal items like hats and stuffed animals in sealed plastic bags for two weeks before using again.

Also, use common sense when dealing with hygiene issues…especially during these trying times we find ourselves living through nowadays where basic hygiene/human interaction is frowned upon!


So, Can headlice live on your pillows? No! But their nits could survive up-to 48 hours depending on circumstances/timing/frequency/weather/solar-flare activity or if they’re exposed directly towards sunlight (a-hah!). Regardless – there are some basic precautions you can take involved keeping yourself free from any further head louse induced troubles.

Always make sure that you practice proper/hygienic usage habits – don’t share combs or brushes , regular cleaning/washing-and don’t ever forget: tons of pyrethr^in-based shampoos/conditioner treatments are available just about everywhere/nowhere these days {depending on restrictions} 💇🏽‍♀️💆🏽‍♂️#

If you find yourself prone to head lice invasions, then panic or calm down its all good-just keep a bottle of insecticide spray/hand sanitizer at bay– and follow these instructions diligently. With time and care{-ly careful}, your head will be back to normalcy in no time!

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