I would like a home remedy for head lice on children.
Yvonne from Brisbane, Australia
My dad used to wash our hair out with pure rubbing alcohol for a few days until we was clear of the nasties. (02/24/2009)
Mayonnaise, preferably a cheap home brand type mayo in the jar. Grab a good handful and smooth it over the kid's hair, if they have long hair right to the ends. Then pile on top of their head, pop on a shower cap and leave for as long as possible or overnight.
Next morning rinse hair with warm water and watch the little critters slide away. Leaves my daughter's hair soft and silky, and also kills the eggs. Then run through with a nit comb and you are good to go. An added bonus, is it is also great for your hands and nails. Long live good old mayo.
Make sure you use tea tree oil. Also olive oil rubbed into it has been promoted by public health. Google the subject line and you will get lots.
Make sure what you use is safe for all ages of children, adults, etc. Some things can be absorbed into the skin, creating severe reactions. Besides using a product you must pick out each nit in the hair. Get a fine comb and magnifying glass to help. Section off with clips as you go through the hair. Lice do not create disease, but it is uncomfortable to say the least and most schools won't allow the student's return until all has been cleared and retreated several times. Some work places have rules as well for the wellness of the person and rest of employees. (02/24/2009)
The best way to remove head lice is to soak hair (and scalp) in any perfume you may have lying around. You don't even have to pick them out. Perfume kills all. My aunt insists on sending me cheap, horrible smelling perfumes as presents, and they work absolutely fantastically. (02/24/2009)
You don't actually have to use any chemicals or other products at all. All you have to do is pick the live lice and the eggs out. Of course, that is easier said than done. My daughter had them recently and it took me four hours the first day to pick through her hair. It was pretty awful.
I did use a special lice-killing shampoo after that initial four hours, but it was only because the live lice freaked me out (found 13 of them, shudder) and I didn't want to find any more live ones. The shampoo only kills live ones, it doesn't "kill" eggs. You still have to pick every single egg/nit out. I checked her hair every day for about a week, finding a few more each time. Strange when you think you've got them all, but it's really hard to get them all the first or second time.
I went to checking once or twice a week until I didn't find any at all after awhile. A month perhaps? I never did find any more live or dead bugs, only the eggs and I'm not sure if that's because I used the shampoo or not. Probably not as it doesn't kill eggs. Or perhaps I missed a live one in the initial picking and the shampoo killed it and I washed it away with the shampoo.
Ugh. Hope I never have to deal with this again, but with three small daughters I can assume it's in my future. (02/25/2009)
By Katie A.
I worked at a large doctors' office in college, and the nurses recommended mayo for the lice cases that didn't work with the Ridex stuff. Also, as a teacher, I was told to spray my hair heavily with hairspray, especially by the neck area, when there was an outbreak. Worked for me. (02/25/2009)
I've made lice killer from a heavy salt solution. Boil water and add as much salt as can be dissolved, until it's almost a paste. This is the same basic solution as is being sold with a perfume agent as a non-toxic head lice remedy. (02/25/2009)
My grandparents and parents both have used kerosene to get rid of head lice it burns a little where they have bitten, but it kills them quick and the oily residue smothers the eggs so they will not hatch. (03/10/2009)
When we were on our third round of lice in one school year, I came across this home remedy that works way better than any commercial pesticide made to treat lice.
Both of my girls have always had long thick hair. They are also prone to head lice. After a long struggle with them, I searched online for a remedy. I found Neem Oil. It is an all-natural pesticide that is so safe you can use it on kids and pets. It is made from the seed of the Neem tree. I ordered it and did a mix of 1/2 Neem and 1/2 olive oil (or another carrier oil), put it on the hair, cover with shower cap, and leave for 8-12 hrs. Then shampoo out. Not only does it kill the lice, it makes it easy to remove the eggs, most come off in the wash.
It also helps prevent re-infestation for a short while. Mix the oil with water and dish soap and spray the beds and carpets. You can find the exact measurements online. One word of "warning": It smells like old onions and garlic. But it works great and price is good if you look online. I bought an 8oz bottle 2 years ago and still have some. (04/22/2009)
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