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“Killing” Scabies

By Dr. Laundry February 8, 2012

Q:  Does disinfecting with Clorox® Regular-Bleach “kill” scabies?

A:  Clorox® Regular-Bleach is an EPA registered disinfectant, and any bacteria, fungus, or virus that we can state efficacy for (aka the ability to kill it when the product is used as directed) must be listed as part of the EPA registration.  Unfortunately I could not find scabies on the EPA master label, and so I cannot tell you that using bleach will kill it!  I wish I could have been more helpful.