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When you have scabies, should you put bleach in the wash?

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Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology

In brief: Not necessarily

Hot hot water in the wash is all that is needed.

In brief: Not necessarily

Hot hot water in the wash is all that is needed.
Dr. Michael Tomeo
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Maybe not needed

Washing in hot water and drying in high heat (if the fabric will tolerate it) should get rid of any scabies.
Adding bleach might not be needed, if the hot wash and dry already kills the scabies. Since scabies mites live only 1-2 months, one can also just put all the clothes in a big garbage bag and leave the bag tied closed for a few months (any scabies should be dead by then).

In brief: Maybe not needed

Washing in hot water and drying in high heat (if the fabric will tolerate it) should get rid of any scabies.
Adding bleach might not be needed, if the hot wash and dry already kills the scabies. Since scabies mites live only 1-2 months, one can also just put all the clothes in a big garbage bag and leave the bag tied closed for a few months (any scabies should be dead by then).
Dr. Robert Kwok
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