Freeze instead of washing clothes

Freeze instead of washing clothes

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progresstoo

Lawrence, KS

#1 Dec 28, 2008
If freezing kills bugs, why not freeze clothes if they otherwise don't need washing?

Does freezing kill only bugs, not eggs?
Welty

AOL

#2 Dec 28, 2008
If clothes are thick, like shoes, then they can live if not in freezer long enough. If you put a mite on an ice tray, it would die fast, in a thick sweater, they are more insulated. Still, 24 hours should do it. Sam had bad luck freezin his shoes, so maybe two days for those. If you have a big freezer. Spread out items as much as possible.
Welty

AOL

#3 Dec 28, 2008
Maybe if not spread out or if shoes, then 48 hours would be better. Washing is the answer for bedding etc, things too bulky. Freezing won't occur if your items are bundled up too thick.
progresstoo

Lawrence, KS

#4 Jan 19, 2009
Thanks, Welty.
This is so difficult.
sandra

Thunder Bay, Canada

#5 Jan 23, 2009
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Frank California

Salinas, CA

#6 Jan 23, 2009
Don't forget to wash your clothes in hot water, when it comes to my bedding, I just dry my sheets & blankets for about an hour on the hot setting I was told this works and so far it has. I've taken Stromectol & used Permithrin cream together and so far it seems to work, one other thing I want to mention when washing your clothes, when i was washing clothes, I got scabies on my stomach area & hands due to carrying the clothes to the washer, so my advice would be to wear rubber gloves and a hoodie sweater and when your done change your clothes & take a shower right away, if not just change clothes and wash your hands really good. Since getting scabies, I've become a germaphobe and constantly using Purrell hand sanatizer or some sort of hand sanitizing detergent.
desperate

United States

#7 Jan 24, 2009
also, if you get tired of washing drying daily--I leave my electric blanket on High all day when I dont wash sheets, I think this may work nearly as well as washing and drying--I couldnt bear that heat all day so im sure a tiny mite certainly cant, seems to work very well!!
Manicwagon

Delta, CO

#8 Aug 4, 2011
Welty wrote:
If clothes are thick, like shoes, then they can live if not in freezer long enough. If you put a mite on an ice tray, it would die fast, in a thick sweater, they are more insulated. Still, 24 hours should do it. Sam had bad luck freezin his shoes, so maybe two days for those. If you have a big freezer. Spread out items as much as possible.
Freezing rubber ruins rubber, it beaks it down, don't freeze rubber.

Since: Apr 11

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#9 Aug 4, 2011
I froze my clothes for 2-3 days. Sometimes I would microwave them as well.
Scabies Mites

Turkey

#10 Aug 4, 2011
If you have scabies mites, they don't live much longer than 10 days (that's a stretch) on clothes. So, rotate your clothes. Wash clothes in hot water, and they try to do rinse cycle in hot water, too. Dry in dryer, fold, put away, and then DON'T WEAR THEM FOR AT LEAST 5 DAYS. Then you can wear them, so rotate your clothes.

Don't wear something, wash it the same day, and then expect to wear it the next day and not feel activity. There has be some sort of waiting period.

Same with shoes. Buy some cheap shoes, and rotate them.

Or wear crocs sandals and then you can wash them in hot water every day and wear the same ones every day.

Keep in mind that regular shoes have to be rotated, not wearing the same ones, but once every 10 days. To help with infestations in shoes, you can spray Lysol in them. Or rinse in hot water and then set outside to dry in hot sun. Don't wear them again for a few days. The longer you wait, the better.
working

Canada

#12 May 27, 2013
Have you heard fo the Australian testing done on scabies mites, showing that Clove oil kills mites, nymphs and eggs? Diluted to 6% with a carrier oil it is still deemed effective. That is 3/4 tsp to 4Tbsp of coconut or olive or some other oil, spread on your body. You'll still have to wash everything and yourself every day (handle your laundry with long gloves on) and repeat clove treatment for a while, depending on how bad a case of scabies you have. Since you can't see them it's apparently easy to miss some or touch something and reinfect yourself. You can put a drop of straight clove right on the bites where the skin is thicker, but test a spot first. It will burn many places.
Tsjyuy

Lahti, Finland

#13 Jun 7, 2013
Scabies have destroyed my life, just to be sure, when Ive taken ivermectin I haven gone out ofe the house for 1 week, because I dont have much clothes to rotate. It seems I have to start one month treatment again on ivbermectin, so it mean I cant go outside for one month, just to be sure, I have to buy lots of wood. I think I made do fucking suicude, I hate this shit. I have also depression so I dont have any energy do wash constantly and every day.
hopeforme

United States

#14 Jan 23, 2014
Tsjyuy wrote:
Scabies have destroyed my life, just to be sure, when Ive taken ivermectin I haven gone out ofe the house for 1 week, because I dont have much clothes to rotate. It seems I have to start one month treatment again on ivbermectin, so it mean I cant go outside for one month, just to be sure, I have to buy lots of wood. I think I made do fucking suicude, I hate this shit. I have also depression so I dont have any energy do wash constantly and every day.
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losing my mind

Brooklyn, NY

#15 Feb 4, 2014
somebody please tell me what works I can't stand it anymore I gotta get rid of the scabies I've got to get a job and I can't even do that without getting rid of these first please help me

Since: Jan 14

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#16 Feb 4, 2014
If my washing machine only has a hot/cold cycle....is that good enough to kill the scabies mites? Then put them in the hot cycle of the dryer?
bran0406

London, KY

#17 Feb 4, 2014
Tsjyuy wrote:
Scabies have destroyed my life, just to be sure, when Ive taken ivermectin I haven gone out ofe the house for 1 week, because I dont have much clothes to rotate. It seems I have to start one month treatment again on ivbermectin, so it mean I cant go outside for one month, just to be sure, I have to buy lots of wood. I think I made do fucking suicude, I hate this shit. I have also depression so I dont have any energy do wash constantly and every day.
stop using the prescription! start taking good 24 hr antihistamine, such as Zyrtec.. spray ur environment good w running alcohol, mop floors w bleach mix, sprinkle beds n carpets w borax/arm hammer det equally mixed and leave there, the longer the better! use a thick oil every night to pull to surface, at least 20 mins and then take bath in dawn, and spray body with alcohol after drying off before getting dressed..

AND FREEZING DOES KILL! put some in Ziploc bag n then in freezer to get id, and they were dead in the morning..

we have avoided all outside contact this week, n on 3rd day of none! seriously! we are just trying to find safe way to repel.. currently testing eating bout 1/2 cup black walnuts a day..
scabface

Hamburg, Germany

#18 Feb 10, 2014
This side forum is such an important one as it deals with the practicality of treating scabies... its doesnt matter what u use to kill the mites, if there are too many in your environment they will simply reinfect. Thing is to stop the cycle. So when I see great and practical advice - not everyone has a freezer or access to daily hot laundry etc - it makes me feel that someone has made a real contribution to what is a frightening and horrible condition. Although there is some doubt about the time period that mites can live away from human body, most agree and research has shown, that no mites have so far lived longer than 2 weeks (yes a few did) and most control groups of mites died within 24 to 36 hours after being removed from human contact. Only 0,2 percent of all tests showed mites alive after 72 hours and most control groups had zero mites alive after then. So thats whats practically recommended although 36 hours, unless u have crusted scabies or really bad (which means millions opposed to tens of mites) u should be ok. Iron where u can -it saves money. Put whatever u can in freezer or simply put your stuff in plastic bag for three or so days and put it somewhere u dont visit all the time, eg. attic, garage, or cupboard u dont go into every day - thats because they must be isolated for them to starve! For some inexplicable reason I see people putting nuts and fires as reports on some practical and scientific and experiential info I have written and I wonder why? This prevents people from getting correct info as the bad reports (incorrect ones that is) stop people from reading practical and helpful information they need. People please - criticise but only where it is warranted.
gottit

Hamburg, Germany

#19 Feb 10, 2014
sosadsodesperateinil wrote:
If my washing machine only has a hot/cold cycle....is that good enough to kill the scabies mites? Then put them in the hot cycle of the dryer?
Wash on 60 degrees or higher if u can . If u cant then better to put in hot cycle of dryer (for at least half hour)- If only cold wash, try to use wash powder containing boray or use bleach for whites. If its a problem and u need to save elect - do either the wash OR the dryer. If u wash on heat then (with hands cleaned with sulphur soap) hang up stuff on a line in a room u dont go into regularly. The combination of the washing (even on cold) and keeping any mites that have survived away from human contact by leaving them on line, should suffice.

Since: Jan 14

Location hidden

#20 Feb 10, 2014
scabface wrote:
This side forum is such an important one as it deals with the practicality of treating scabies... its doesnt matter what u use to kill the mites, if there are too many in your environment they will simply reinfect. Thing is to stop the cycle. So when I see great and practical advice - not everyone has a freezer or access to daily hot laundry etc - it makes me feel that someone has made a real contribution to what is a frightening and horrible condition. Although there is some doubt about the time period that mites can live away from human body, most agree and research has shown, that no mites have so far lived longer than 2 weeks (yes a few did) and most control groups of mites died within 24 to 36 hours after being removed from human contact. Only 0,2 percent of all tests showed mites alive after 72 hours and most control groups had zero mites alive after then. So thats whats practically recommended although 36 hours, unless u have crusted scabies or really bad (which means millions opposed to tens of mites) u should be ok. Iron where u can -it saves money. Put whatever u can in freezer or simply put your stuff in plastic bag for three or so days and put it somewhere u dont visit all the time, eg. attic, garage, or cupboard u dont go into every day - thats because they must be isolated for them to starve! For some inexplicable reason I see people putting nuts and fires as reports on some practical and scientific and experiential info I have written and I wonder why? This prevents people from getting correct info as the bad reports (incorrect ones that is) stop people from reading practical and helpful information they need. People please - criticise but only where it is warranted.
So then how long do the mites, all stages, die away from human contact off of the body...like in a house or on other items if you have a bad case or crusted scabies?

Since: Oct 14

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten (Dutch part)

#21 Nov 20, 2014
Welty wrote:
Maybe if not spread out or if shoes, then 48 hours would be better. Washing is the answer for bedding etc, things too bulky. Freezing won't occur if your items are bundled up too thick.
Do you think 4 weeks should the trick? I threw mine in a sealed garbage bag and put them in the freezer, it's probably been more than 4 weeks. I'm fortunate because I go to school in a tropical climate so wearing plastic flip flops is bearable....

But I'm thinking it's time to pull out the shoes. I'm just worried about reinfestation

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