Does Lysol Kill Lice?

When it comes to lice control, one question that seems to pop up quite often is whether Lysol can kill lice. In this article we will look at various applications of Lysol and deduce its effectiveness in controlling lice.


If you suspect a lice infestation and want to eliminate these pesky parasites from home furniture such as a sofa, a couch or even a car seat, Lysol may not be as effective as some other products that are specifically formulated to eliminate lice and nits. The best way to get rid of lice and nits from your home is to choke the source, that is, to make sure each and every person in the household is free of lice.


No. On the contrary, using the product on bedding may do more harm than good, and you should refrain from using it on your bed, pillows or blankets. Not only will it be ineffective in ridding lice, you may also inadvertently inhale the chemicals. If you do use Lysol on bedding, let it air thoroughly for several hours before using them.

The best way to eliminate lice and nits from furniture and bedding is to vacuum and wash them (if possible) thoroughly.


Even if you have heard claims that Lysol can eliminate lice, under no circumstances should you spray it directly into hair or body parts. The product contains harsh chemicals that can be very dangerous if inhaled, and is not meant to be used on the body.

The most effective way to eliminate lice and nits from your hair is to apply a proven treatment, such as an anti-lice shampoo. You may have to apply the treatment once every seven to ten days, over a period of three to four weeks. You can also rely on a number of home remedies to get rid of lice and nits from hair, including mayonnaise, Vaseline and olive oil. Applying mayonnaise under a shower cap for fifteen to twenty minutes will suffocate and kill the lice.

Although effective in getting rid of lice and nits from hair, the aforementioned home remedies, especially Vaseline, may have some undesirable side effects. For instance, applying too much Vaseline may dry hair out. If you do put on too much Vaseline on your hair, you can use baby oil to wash it out.

While Lysol may make life somewhat difficult for lice, they are ineffective in completely eradicating them.Your best bet is to use proven anti-lice products that are available over-the-counter.

So, does lysol kill lice? The short answer is "No." This product does not kill lice; it is a disinfectant and not a pesticide.