How To Get Rid of Head Lice Naturally


Safely and Effectively Kill Head Lice!

Oh head lice, hearing 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!

So do you have a lice problem? No worries. You can get rid of it. Start with your child and them be sure to clean up bedding, furniture and clothing. You do not want those nasty suckers coming back, so prevention will be key.

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


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. You can let your kids watch a movie with their caps on and then removed it when the movie is over.  They will be 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.  Go through all parts of the hair at least 3 times or until you 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.  


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 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.

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  • You can also use a tea tree shampoo, this will deter the lice from your child’s head.
  • 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.
  • Remind your children to not have head-to-head contact with other children.
  • 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.
  • If your child’s school has a lice infestation it’s a good idea to check their hair EVERYDAY for lice. If they do get it, the sooner you find it, the better.
  • Checking your child’s hair with a Lice & Nit Comb will help you find/remove nits easier.
  • Keeping your child’s hair up, such as a pony tail, bun, or even a braid will help reduce the chances of them getting it.

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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  • Stephanie

    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

    • Kim

      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.

      • Ang

        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!

  • Leslie

    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.

  • donita

    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

  • how to get rid of lice

    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!

    • Ang

      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!

  • Angel

    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.

    • Lucy

      I’m not sure what Country you are from. But a Canadian nurse told me that a child could be removed from their parents if they do not treat the lice. Child and family service will take them.or at least investigate.

  • lori

    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

  • Jennifer

    I have 9 kids, and 4 of the nine are constantly catching lice. They’ve had them several times over the last three years and it bums me out so bad when they catch them. Boys are the easiest to clean because their hair is usually the shortest, and sometimes before a cleaning after catching the lice, my husband will give them a haircut and then we’d clean them out. Girls are tough! But the BEST method that works for me is a good CONDITIONER!! We’ve spent soooo much money on over the counter medication, which does nothing! Recently the kids had letters sent home from their schools stating that “Super Lice” has hit Cali, and these menaces are immune to the meds. What I do is completely saturate their hair in conditoner. I put a plastic bag over their heads for about half an hour. I lay them on the kitchen counter (I have a hose that stretches out), take the bag off, wet their hair a bit to make the hair smoother, and start combing with a lice comb. COMB COMB COMB!! That’s the best way. The conditoner just makes the hair so smooth that the nits (eggs) glide right off since they’re very stuck on the hair. The bigger live ones come out no problem and are mostly dead by the time their heads hit the sink. Anything the comb didn’t take off I would just pull out, but it’s typically very very few. I just did this again yesterday. ? In the past I’ve also used coconut oil which also has the same effect. I’d prefer theses methods than using those meds again, and they smell BAD! The conditoner or coconut oil leaves their hair silky and smelling AMAZING!

  • Misty

    Hello I was browsing the net researching head lice bc my 7 yr old daughter has long fine blonde hair and she was complaining of itching so I pulled her hair apart it didn’t take a second I seen lice with the naked eye every part in her hair I looked thru made me more upset she has them so bad that she scratches and there’s a lice critter on her hand I’ve never even dealt with lice I only know a little about them from working at the hospital but never had to deal with it in my home I read that u really have to look hard to find them but I see at least 10 eggs every time I part the hair and she even has the bugs they sell combs with magnifying glasses and I can see them 2 feet away is this a bad case hope you can help I’m going to get your ingredients and start right now the worst part is I also have a 3 yr old daughter who has fine long hair and my hair is past my bum super thick I’m freaking out here I’ve been on line all night I put oil in her hair and put 2 grocery bags tied around it bc it was midnight when I found out took her and her sisters blankets to the wash but now what any advice on what to use for the furniture and mattress I’m freaked out 1 st time dealing with lice don’t know what to do so many different things online but your page my eye best yet but will it work with so many critters HELP please

    • Becky

      Use the melaleuca in a spray. Wash all the bed linens, including pillows and spray bare the mattresses with the melaleuca spray.


      You kind of have to figure out what method works for you, and for your daughter’s hair texture. My five year old has straight, silky hair, while my six year old has curly, fine hair. The conditioning method works well for both of my girls. Another GREAT tip I discovered, doing MORE research, was spraying Listerine in their hair and linens after you have cleaned the hair out. The lice does not like the smell of it. If you clean out the kid’s hair over the weekend, you can spray Listerine in their hair Sunday night, or early morning Monday before school begins, and it will repel any other lice jumping from one child’s hair to yours. Spraying Listerine once can last the entire week. And, it’s the original Listerine (brown liquid) that works best. Hope this helps!

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