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Cleaning for Pinworms

Laundry starch ad ca. 1880

Pinworms live in the intestines, and are the most common parasitic worm in humans. Infections typically occur when a person touches bedding, food, or other items infected with eggs, and then puts their fingers in their mouths. Symptoms mainly include intense, persistent itching around the anus, especially at night, and irritation and discomfort from scratching the affected area.

Cleaning to Eliminate Pinworms


  • After treatment, bed linens should be washed twice weekly for three weeks, and towels and pajamas should be washed daily for two weeks. Thoroughly wash your hands after using the toilet, and before and after eating. Keep fingernails short and clean, vacuum carpet regularly, and clean toilet seats often.

Why It Works

Pinworm eggs may linger on linens, clothing, under fingernails and in carpet and other surfaces. This can lead to re-infection after the initial infection is cleared up. Thoroughly cleaning in this manner destroys the eggs and greatly reduces the chance for re-infection.


Pinworm re-infections may require an anti-parasite medication. Please contact your healthcare provider if symptoms persist.

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