Getting Rid of Head Lice

It is not uncommon for children to get head lice at school. Not only do you have to get rid of the lice in their hair, you also need to make sure you get rid of any lice in your house. This is a guide about getting rid of head lice.

February 4, 2014 Flag
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I brought up 5 children and when one got lice, they all got lice. It is not a very funny subject in that you have to wash and dry everything in the house. The medication is not really great so I used hair dye on them. Each child's hair was dyed the same color it was before they had lice. I found the hair coloring killed the lice better than any prescription medication ever did.

Boy, was I thankful when they got older and there were no more lice infestations!

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February 6, 20140 found this helpful

Mayonnaise works just as well and is cheaper and easier. Here is the link.

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February 6, 20140 found this helpful

That was smart. I raised only two children. My best friend raised 5 and she has taught me so much. I'm always asking her where she learned something or how did you think of that, what can I use so and so far. Her comment was always "when you raised 5 kids you had to stretch, make do and think out of the box". She can make more meals out of one whole chicken more than anyone I know.

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May 20, 2010 Flag
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When my kids were young, head lice plagued the school system and my long haired children. My kids are Hispanic and Native American so cutting the hair was out of the question. I do not use chemicals and stories about them not working, costing a fortune, and causing damage just reinforced my choice not to go that route.


Tea tree oil is a popular homeopathic deterrent, and coconut shampoo and conditioner is also recommended. Always treat bedding, mattress, stuffed animals and winter coats and hats/scarves. Things that can go into the dryer -DO IT. Bag stuffed animals, because the dryer can ruin beautiful materials the toys are made of.

I am not fond of tea tree oil's smell especially when you send your child to school smelling like a medicine chest. I used cinnamon oil to improve the smell. Always mix only 2 drops into a quart of water. Never make it stronger or cinnamon oil will irritate skin. But I found that a light mist on the hair and spritzing the coats and hats eliminated the head lice plague!

Of course, use caution! I think food grade cinnamon powder would also work. Dust items in a garbage bag, sparingly and mix some in hot water for the spray bottle.

Compared to expensive and caustic chemicals, it works fantastically. Very inexpensive, very effective, and very Natural. The bottle of cinnamon oil did my kids for years and I shared it with others plagued by the insects. No one ever complained about the smell.

Between occurrences use coconut shampoo and conditioner and continue to maintain the bedding, pillows, and stuffed animals. You may never hear the words "head lice" again.

By Linda from Flint, MI

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May 21, 20100 found this helpful

I think tea tree oil is the most used product in my medicine cabinet. I continually find more things to use it on. I've also heard so many good things about coconut oil, which I've just bought and can hardly wait to start using.

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May 25, 20100 found this helpful

Wish I'd known about this a few years back. I ended up shaving my children's heads... my daughters looked like Sinead O'Connor that summer.

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September 16, 2011 Flag
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As a preschool teacher, I have heard (and tried!) many tips for getting rid of lice, the back-to-school bane of every school. The best and cheapest one is to use mayonnaise.

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March 13, 2013 Flag
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My granddaughter has head lice. She goes to school after using different medications, prescribed and over the counter. She appears to be free of lice, but come home again with lice. What is the best treatment and why is she not getting rid of the lice?

By JM from WVA

March 14, 20130 found this helpful

Please do not fool around with lye soap or mayonnaise. Go to the druggist and get his advice on the best product to use as shampoo. There is also a spray you can use for things like headphones. Freezing also kills the lice. But you must do the clean-up as the other posters have suggested, and do realize that you child may become re-infected as some people simply don't care and their children will continually re-infect yours.

Short hair is less likely to pick-up the lice. In my experience as a teacher, the little girls with the long beautiful curls were more likely to get head lice than the little boys with very short hair. For long hair, braids or pony tails, at least , are helpful. Head to head contact is one way that lice are spread amongst small children.

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March 14, 20130 found this helpful

Smother the hair thickly with hair conditioner and comb through with a nit comb. Then wash the hair as usual. I didn't want to use harsh chemicals and this worked for my kids. Check every night and keep the comb handy, unless the source (the feckless Mum) is treated they will be re-infested.And short hair is easier to deal with.

Marg from England.

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March 13, 2012 Flag
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My granddaughter keeps coming home from daycare with head lice. I have done the spray and wash everything in hot water. Any other solutions? This doesn't seem to work.

By Jan

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January 31, 20163 found this helpful

Dawn dish soap all the way!! My poor 3 year old... I have tried everything from mayo...yuko! Oils, otc crap and nothing worked like dawn! You don't even have to let it sit on hair for hours it hands down kills bugs instantly if you don't bleve it find a bug and put a Lil soapy dawn on it and watch...:)!!! Course it don't kill the eggs so you still need to condition and comb out if they are in school but the trick is...wen the lice hatch they don't lay eggs till they are 10 days old. So eggs hatch after 7 days that means wash hair in dawn every 3 days with dawn for 2 weeks then wash hair with dawn 1 a week (every 7 days) no more lice ever Im telling ya easy, cheap, safe, I'm actually still in shock over something so common as dawn and yet people still put pesticides in hair...amazing really! Also head lice can't live more than 48 hours with out a host (head) so the whole wash everything and put stuff in bags for a 2 weeks or a month is just crap!!! Stop freaking out. guaranteed if you take a magnifying glass you wouldn't find any on furniture or

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September 17, 20161 found this helpful

Dawn dish soap kills a lot of nasty bugs

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October 16, 20160 found this helpful

December 3, 2011 Flag
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How do you remove the nits from a child's hair? Please let me know.

By Drakesmom

December 15, 20110 found this helpful

I would not try home remedies. If these things worked, people would not have had head lice when my mother was a child, when the remedy was kerosene. Use products from the drug store. Of course, these things are toxic, as the head lice are living things that you are poisoning. But there is no other way to do it. I see there is now a teetree oil product on the shelves at my local drugstore, so that may not be as harsh.

The comb that is used for nit removal is essential to the whole process, You must use that on your child's hair.

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July 15, 20130 found this helpful

From everything I've read and experienced, no lice remedy gets rid of nits. They absolutely have to be combed out. We bought the Lice Terminator comb on Amazon and it works 100% better than any other lice comb we've tried. It has metal teeth with little grooves and it works great for removing nits and even smaller live lice.

We've used listerine, olive oil and mayo to kill lice and they all work well. The real issue is getting the other adults in your life to be as vigilant about checking their kid's heads as you are. Our daughter will go weeks or even a month without any sign of lice and then suddenly she'll spend a night away from home and come back with them.

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April 15, 2010 Flag
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How do I treat or find head lice?

By Melissa

April 18, 20100 found this helpful

There is a shampoo that the doctor can prescribe to you. Also make sure that you wash your bedding and anyone else that has long hair in the house should also take preventative measures, since they jump from head to head.

The "mother lice" is a black small odd shaped thing (that you may never see, since it moves around) and lays clear eggs at the scalp of the head. Since the eggs are clear, they are difficult to see, but not impossible. If you find one egg, it is more than likely there will be other eggs in that same area. The way to kill the eggs is to pop the eggs in between your fingers (you will definitely hear them crack).

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July 27, 20101 found this helpful

I tried many ways and finally found the method! Denorex shampoo. Make sure it is the one with coal tar in it. It stinks but it does the trick. Even rids nits without combing. About 7 dollars at Walmart, if not found there, buy at Walgreen's. Worth every penny! You will get wonderful relief and be so thankful for this stuff!

Google this shampoo and you will get wonderful testimonies from others who tried everything before and couldn't solve the problem until they discovered Denorex!

I'm out to spread the word! :>)


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August 24, 2009 Flag
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I found head lice on my granddaughter when she came to visit. How do I clean my microfiber couch and loveseat to make sure they are not on them?

By idahome2001 from Meridian, ID

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August 26, 20090 found this helpful

Lice need food to live, so they don't stay long on non-living surfaces.

How hard is it to kill lice on furniture?: Off of the body, lice can only survive for a day or two. Nits that hatch will die if they don't find food within hours. This means de-lousing furniture is easier than delousing a person. Regular lice sprays should have no trouble keeping your furniture lice free.

This is taken directly from this link...which is cool by the way.

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August 26, 20090 found this helpful

We had head lice in our house a few years back. We just vacuumed the furniture everyday (at first) and then every few days and so on until my daughters problem was cleared up. Plus she was banned from sitting on the couch until then. PoorbutProud is right that the lice don't like to be on non-living surfaces and that it is easier to delouse furniture than people. Good luck!

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November 23, 2005 Flag
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My sister and niece have lice. My sister has taken her daughter to the Doctor. He told them to get Rid. They couldn't find it at the drugstore but they did find Nix. They used it and did everything they were told and It didn't work.

My sister called the Doctor back and was told to saturate both of their heads with mayonaise and leave it on for 8 hrs. They did that and for almost a week they thought they were gone. They hadn't seen any until today. The Doctor prescribed something called Ovine.

With the insurance they have the meds were still going to cost $123.00 and that was just for my nieces head. They don't have much money right now and $123.00 to her may as well be a million. Please, if anyone knows anything that will work I would love the feedback.

They were supposed to come to my house for Thanksgiving because they didn't have anything but now with the lice I can't take a chance of anyone else getting them. My niece is 2. Thank you so much!

Beverly from Louisville, KY

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August 6, 20150 found this helpful

Just repeat what you did with mayo if it seemed to work for a week. Even Rid and Nix have to be repeated in 7-10 days in case missed nits have hatched or perhaps nits that were on other surfaces. Just persist in what works and use a comb on them. No need to cancel Thanksgiving. It isn't that big of a deal.

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