How To Get Rid of Head Lice

February 23, 2015 13 Comments | Disclosure

how to get rid of head lice

Safely and Effectively Kill Head Lice with items from your Stockpile!

Oh Head Lice, just the words make my head itch and my skin crawl!  What parent doesn’t dread the walk of shame into the pharmacy to get the treatment.  Can we please just get this straight, if your child catches Head Lice, it does not mean they don’t have good hygiene or that you are a bad mom!  In fact, it probably means just the opposite because lice can attach easier to clean hair and children catch it from other children.  It probably means that your child is a friendly child with good hygiene habits.  So no more shame mom!  You have been doing a good job and you’ve got this challenge too!

The last time my family got the little creepy crawlies, it felt impossible to get rid of them!  (Having 8 kids including 5 daughters with thick curly hair did not help!)  I tried everything from natural remedies to prescription lice treatment.  After a whole summer of trying in vain to solve our problem only to have it reappear a week later I finally found this trick.  It is safe, it is effective, and it is frugal!  And the best part is that it also makes an effective Lice Prevention!

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

Supplies:

Directions For Treating Your Child’s Head:

  1. Douse your child’s hair in the Listerine until it is completely saturated and then put on the shower cap so that the cap forms a tight seal.  Keep this on for at least an hour.  I let my kids watch a movie with their caps on and then removed it when the movie was over.  There were dead lice all over the inside of the bag!  Yuck but YAY!
  2. Rinse your child’s head and then apply white vinegar to your child’s entire scalp.  Put the shower cap back on and make sure the seal is tight.  (You probably want to rinse the cap first to get the dead bugs off.  Did I mention yuck?)  Again let this stay for at least an hour.
  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.  I go through all parts of the hair at least 3 times or until I can comb through without getting any bugs or eggs.
  4. Shampoo hair as normal, I like the clarifying shampoo because it helps to get everything off the hair but any shampoo will do.
  5. Add  a 1 to 4 ratio of mouthwash to water to a spray bottle and spray your child’s hair every morning for 2 weeks.  Use the lice comb to comb through your child’s hair every night for 2 weeks.  This is the most important step because the bugs can come back if you don’t continue to treat for 2 weeks.  

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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.  Add a couple of drops of Spearmint Essential Oil to the water to prevent the bugs from returning.  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 watered down Listerine. 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 Spearmint Essential Oil to their shampoo.
  • Put watered down Listerine 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, Spray the pillow or stuffed animal with the Listerine mix before they leave.

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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Comments

  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!

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  3. The National Pediculosis association (headlice.org) 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!
    Thanks!

    • 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. Thank you I’m in tears my 6 year old girl had it last night been up all night washing every single piece of thing I can get my hands on vacumned couches and now wondering what I can do to prevent or continue spraying this Listerine trick is a godsend and will do right now thank you for this post, really calmed me down

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