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How to Get Rid of Head Lice

Updated on April 21, 2011

Head Lice

Head Lice
Head Lice

Get Rid of Head Lice and Crabs

This article will save you a lot of time and money. If you have ever had these pestilent parasites you will know how expensive it is to treat lice and lice eggs. You also no what the trouble of fumigating your house can be.  If your pregnant read this article 

How to get rid of head lice when you're pregnant

How to Get Rid of Lice or Crabs

I hope that you find this article before you spend a bunch of money on lice shampoos. Most prescribed lice shampoos do not work especially if your hair is very thick or have more then one person to treat.

Usually doctors do not prescribe enough lice shampoo they only prescribe one bottle per-person to get you through the first treatment.  One treatment is never enough because you either didn't kill all the lice or the lice eggs. 

Head lice are parasites: They get there nutrition from dead skin and pore secretions from the human scalp. Lice also feed on your blood. Lice are very catchy! Just a hug is enough to get you infested with head lice.

Head lice are most common on children. They can live on cloth surfaces. Such as sheets, pillows, furniture and hats. These parasites can be very hard too kill.  You can treat yourself then be re-infested with head lice in a matter of a week.

If not properly treated, it can be time consuming and can be very costly.

Things You'll Need:

Clean Towels

Hartz Dog Shampoo (Comes in a clear bottle the shampoo is a dark green) it says on the bottle it kills parasites such as lice and crabs.  It also says not for human use.  If it is safe to use on your dog then it is safe to use on you.  Besides if it wasn't safe for humans they would tell you to use gloves and a mask.  They would also say on the bottle not to wash dog while pregnant or allow children to wash dog.

Lice Comb


Get oil based aerosol bug spray

Follow these steps "in order" this is very important

The first thing you do is wash the sheets and pillowcases with "hot water" and preferably bleach. If you cannot use bleach, use pine sole. If nothing, else use vinegar.

Spray everything that is made of cloth. Even the curtains and do not forget the inside of your vehicle with bug spray. Aerosols spray preferably!

Make sure you sterilize all your hairbrushes and combs. Boil your brushes or purchase barbercide.

Then you use your Hartz Dog Shampoo.   Shampoo hair until you build up a thick lather.

Let shampoo stay in your hair for ten minutes.

Rinse, then shampoo again. Leave shampoo in another ten minutes and rinse.

Then take your warm vinegar and saturate your hair. This may sting a little bit. Do not worry the vinegar will help your scalp heal. Do not rinse out the vinegar.

Do not dry hair. Take a sterilized comb and detangle your hair. Take your lice comb then comb small sections of hair. It is much easier to have someone help you. That person can also see the eggs. Keep combing until you have the eggs all out. If necessary, warm more vinegar to remove the rest of the eggs.

Have someone to check your hair again within a week to check to see if you have been re-infested. If you have been, re infested repeat all the steps. You may not have gotten all the eggs. Even if you do not see any lice shampoo your hair with the dog shampoo again just to make sure. You do not have to use the vinegar again if you did not have any eggs in your hair.


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    • Hyphenbird profile image

      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      My niece once came to visit and her hair was infested with lice. I followed some advice and used the dollar store brand of Listerine mouthwash. Sure enough, it killed the pests and the nits. Hopefully I will never need to use it but I will keep your dog shampoo in mind.

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      dagny roth 6 years ago from Neverland

      Wow...I wish I had read this BEFORE I bought the expensive Rid package! My daughter started school this year and just came home with it. It was humiliating and I am super paranoid. Now I know what to do if they come back. Thanks!!

    • ChristinCordle12 profile image

      ChristinCordle12 6 years ago

      Lets rid the lice, thanks for sharing tamron.

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      Lisa 7 years ago

      Thank God tamron I am so glad I ran across your article I have been battling head lice for weeks. I have 3 kids so I have spent a fortune on Rid and some other lice treatment none of what I bought worked. I was a little hesitant to use dog shampoo on me and my kids but I was desperate I used it on myself first seemed safe enough for me so I treated the kids with the Hartz dog shampoo and used it the way you suggested. Lets put it this way I will never buy lice shampoo again. Thanks so much for this useful information!

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      tamron 7 years ago

      I have sorry to say! Lice is very hard to get rid of. The lice shampoos are expensive and a lot of the times they don't do the job.

    • entertianmentplus profile image

      entertianmentplus 7 years ago from United States

      Never had them and don't want them. Some good advice in this hub.