How To Get Rid of Head Lice {Natural Remedy}

February 23, 2015 20 Comments | Disclosure

Treating for head lice can be expensive! Each treatment can run between $12 to $17 and that’s just for one shampoo (not to mention the fact that the shampoo’s are horrible, make your kids smell like chemicals, and don’t always work).   You have to treat your child twice… once when you discover it and again 9 days later.   Plus don’t forget the spray for your furniture!  The costs can really add up! So, what is a FruGal {or FruGuy} to do?

Try this natural home remedy that works and is frugal…

Here’s how to get rid of those nasty bugs & itchy head:


Directions For Treating Your Child’s Head:

  1. Douse your childs’ dry hair with vinegar (use apple or regular). If your child has open wounds, avoid getting vinegar on their scalp (it will sting… but the purpose of the vinegar is to kill the eggs).
  2. Once the vinegar has dried, douse your child’s hair with coconut oil. (You will have to rub some in your hands to loosen the oil before applying, unless you are using a liquid form). Cover every part of the hair and scalp. Cover with a shower cap or plastic bag (tie it off on the front).  Leave on hair for 2 hours or as long as they will let you.
  3. Use a “lice remover comb” to comb through the hair.   If you don’t have a comb and don’t have time to order one, then use tweezers. Start at the top of the scalp & work your way down.   Keep a towel handy, you’ll need it  to wipe off the comb often.
  4. Shampoo hair as normal, you have to put a little more shampoo in their hair to get the oil out (or wash it a few times).

Treating  Linens Exposed to Lice:

Bag all the bedding, dirty laundry, stuffed animals, and washable items that your child has come in contact with in the last 48 hours.  Wash everything it hot water.  Things that can not be washed (like pillows and stuffed animals) leave in a tightly closed garbage bag for 1 week then put in dryer on hot for 50 minutes.

Treating Furniture Exposed to Lice:

Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol. Spray couches, mattresses, and even the seats in your car! This kills any live lice. Also spray down bed frames, bathrooms, and vacuum all the carpets.

Tips for Preventing Head Lice:

Here are some ideas to help prevent head lice as well as prevent a recurring episode of head lice.

  • Add a little tea tree oil to their shampoo.
  • Put tea tree oil on your finger tip and wipe along the bottom of your child’s hairline.
  • Put tea tree oil in a spray bottle and lightly mist your child’s hair before they leave for school.
  • Tell your child to keep jackets and coats inside of their backpacks rather than hang them on the hooks.
  • Make sure jackets, coats, and hats, don’t end up on the classroom floor or outside on the playground.
  • Don’t share hats or headbands, bows, hair accessories.
  • If your child’s classroom has a bring your pillow (or stuffed animals) to school day, consider having your child not participate.  They may be disappointed, but it’s better than going through all the embarrassment if they get head lice.

Getting rid of lice is a LOT of work, but it’s worth doing it right the first time. It’s always recommended to follow up with a second treatment 9 days later. The eggs can hatch during that time & one lice can lay up to 300 eggs in 6 days. So make sure you deal with it fully so you can get on with your life, bug free.

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Some of this information is wrong. I used to work at a lice salon where I combed bugs out of people’s hair daily. Your best bet is to get a GOOD lice comb and olive oil and comb comb comb comb comb. Make sure you check ALL family members.

    Here’s a link to the comb that most lice salons use. It’s worth the money. Nit Free Terminator Lice Comb, Professional Stainless Steel Louse and Nit Comb for Head Lice Treatment, Removes Nits

    • Sorry, but I strongly disagree with your reply. One of my daughters had lice for over 4 months; we tired EVERYTHING. We used the vinegar/coconut oil treatment twice and now she is lice free!!
      Maybe it just depends; some things work for some and some things work for others it seems.

      • With 8 kids at home & 8 kids getting head lice right after school started this year, I read everything I could. I didn’t want to put mayo it my kids hair. Yet I combined a few great ideas I found to make this one solution. I only made it after using store bought treatments that did nothing for my kids. The stress of head lice is very difficult! Good luck to all who have to go through this!

    • Thanks Ang for all the advice about how to bag items and washing everything in HOT water. But as for the hair treatment, I have to agree with Stephanie, the key is the comb and taking the time to get all the nits out. A good nit comb and patience can make a world of difference.
      I have seen families who can never seem to get rid out it, and often times it boils down to them not fully treating the environment, and/or taking the time to do the proper combing to get all the nits out (both at the time of exposure, and for the follow up treatment every day for 1 or more weeks till you no longer find them). Make sure you treat the WHOLE environment.

    • Samantha Torres says:

      Thank you so much I’ve had them for 3-4 months and now I can get it over with!

  2. If you want the highest quality of tea tree oil or melaleuca Come try it at doTERRA. This company doesn’t compromise quality for price. They guarantee 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.

    I also use melaleuca or tea tree oil for all kinds of skin issues, illness and more.
    If you have questions I’d love to answer them for you.

  3. The National Pediculosis association ( makes an excellent lice comb, available on the website, and I’ve seen it at CVS and Walgreens. The best way to make sure you get all the lice and eggs after the initial treatment is buy the cheapest, biggest bottle of hair conditioner you can find, and every day work a good amount into the hair-it paralyzes the lice, and comb through with the comb. Its also a lot easier to comb with the conditioner in the hair. Do that every day until you go 2 weeks without seeing any lice, then every 3 or 4 days for a couple of weeks, just to make sure you get them all. Also, soak all combs and brushes in a glass of rubbing alcohol to make sure you kill any hangers on.

  4. I can vouch for tea tree oil being an awesome lice killer. I put it in our shampoo all the time. When we have had them, then we leave the shampoo on for ten minutes and then rinse out and do the comb, comb, comb, comb job daily and then do the shampoo for ten minutes again in a week. We also put some in a spray bottle with water and spray our heads as a preventative.

  5. i have gone thru this so many times that i feel like i should own stock in lice shampoo. natural, prescription and over the counter.BUT i found out that there is an electronic lice comb at walgreens, cost is about $30 AND IT WORKS!!!!! i bought one 4 months ago when my daughter again came home with it and i did her hair, mine, and the other kids she is around daily for 1 week. and i didn’t spend a fortune on shampoos or have to put chemicals on them. the nurse at school even went and bought one for the school to help control the outbreaks. good luck

  6. how to get rid of lice says:

    I was recommended this web site by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my trouble. You’re amazing!

    • Nope not him, but I feel your pain! With 10 kids we have gone through our share! This is a tried & true cure! Welcome to our site!

  7. Thanks for the tips. We have been dealing with our lice issue with my stepdaughter for 6 years now. We only get her on the weekends and its so frustrating for us and her because we treat it and she walks around with a shower cap to prevent her from passing it onto our other 3 kids. We have done everything we can but its reallt upsetting that her mom has not gotten rid of it. I will have to print this and send it home with her mom.

  8. kthomas says:

    I teach Kindergarten, and have had a lice outbreak in my classroom. Unfortunately, one of the children who loves to give me hugs was the source of the lice outbreak, and she gave it to me. After using the store stuff, and the lice still hasn’t left, I am now trying this. I will say that after I used the store stuff the first time, I bought Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Oil shampoo. It didn’t work for me. Hopefully this will!

  9. SitkaChic74 says:

    Thank you so much for this information. It is a life saver because my little sister contacted lice from the new school she attended when she moved and I get rid of it on the weekends and even tell my mom how to do it… but she dosn’t so now I am more prepared and can have something to send home with little sis for her to use and spray around to help kill the lice at home and in the car…. and maybe it will be the end… a month and a half of lice is way to long to deal with… and since school is out… maybe we can get rid of them for good.

  10. I pray this works…I’ve used all this before but not in this combonation. I have five girls and we have been batteling lice for over 6 yrs now. I HATE it.

    • Last year 8 of my kids had head lice at the same time. After weeks of doing everything under the sun I created this from several ideas I’d seen. It worked great! After the treatment I only had to repeat with 1 of the kids! Good luck!

    • If it doesn’t try the dennorex dandruff shampoo, shampoo plus conditioner. It’s a green bottle with a peach top. It’s around 6 bucks and use it daily and u don’t have to ever worry again. Imy post is below. I hope it helps I was very grateful for dennorex!

  11. I had gotten lice a few years back and I have very thick and long hair. I bought the lice shampoo and furniture spray twice but it did not work. I looked online and found a page that dennorex dandruff shampoo worked. I used it everyday and in a few days I was rid of it. You have to buy the shampoo plus conditioner which is a hunter green bottle with a peach lid. If u use it as ur everyday shampoo then u will never have to worry. It smells bad n tingled but its better than bugs n scratching! It’s the cheapest way I have found to work. I can’t get that little comb through my hair so I got a reg comb n threw it away after a week. Hope this helps with school coming up!

  12. rubbing alcohol does NOTHING to headlice. They can swim in it quite happily for more than 10 minutes.

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