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Treating Head Lice Naturally

Updated on August 14, 2015

How To Treat Head Lice Naturally

Listerine For Lice Treatment

If you ever used Listerine to treat lice, did it work?

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Child to Child for Treating Head Lice

If your child has head lice and you are going to use this method, let them watch the video. Another child explaining the steps and demonstrating the technique will help reassure your own child. They will be more willing to participate because they will know the steps and the reason for why the steps are necessary from another child who also had to deal with head lice.

How To Get Rid of Head Lice

  1. Examine- look for head lice & nits
  2. Treat- treat with natural products
  3. Comb- must comb out nits and lice
  4. Clean- house, bedding, towels and clothes
  5. Repeat & Check- continue for at least 2 to 3 weeks
  6. Notify- anyone who may be infected

Treating Head Lice Without Chemicals

Lice shampoos and sprays are pesticide based. They are expensive and expose children and the house to toxic harmful chemicals. Many have reported that lice have even become resistant to these harsh toxins. It is scary to think that a pesticide applied to your child's scalp in hopes to kill lice does not always work and the pesticide is absorbed into your child's blood and circulated through her body. If clothes are washed with these pesticides they will end up in our ground water. The sheets and pillows washed with these toxins will be next to your child's face breathing in the pesticides at night.

Ingredients inside lice shampoos and sprays have harmful side effects such as asthma or allergic responses, known or suspected to cause cancer and affect the nervous system. Children, especially children with asthma and allergies, are more vulnerable than adults to these chemicals.

There are natural alternatives to treating lice. These include:

  • Covering the head with mayonnaise and a shower cap for 2 hours. (Your head will smell like a chicken salad.)
  • Covering the head with olive oil and a shower cap for 2 hours or overnight. (Your head will smell like a salad, hair will be left smooth.)
  • Cover the head with baby oil or vaseline and a shower cap for 2 hours. (Vaseline is extremely hard to wash out.)

All of the above are doing the same thing. The oils along with the shower cap suffocate the live lice. They die because they cannot breathe.

In all cases effective combing is necessary after the oil/shower cap treatment to remove the nits or the lice will come back.

Another effective way to treat head lice is with Listerine. Your head will not smell like a salad.

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Why Does Listerine Kill Lice?

Listerine has an alcohol level of 26.9%. It is suspected that the high amount of alcohol plus the other ingredients, thymol, eucalyptol, menthol and methyl salicylate, are toxic to lice. The good news is they are not toxic to humans.

Choose the Gold Cap or Orignial Listerine. The other flavors can leave your hair sticky from the added sugars and possibly dye your hair.

I have colored treated hair, and found the the Orignial Listerine did not change or damage my hair color.

Life Cycle of Head Lice

 
Nits
Nymphs
Adult Lice
Size
1/16" (a bit smaller size of a sesame seed)
1/16" to 1/18"
1/18"
Color
Translucent, white
Grey, tan, black, translucent, stripes
Grey, tan, black, translucent, stripes
Life Cycle
Hatch in about 7 days
Take 10 days to reach maturity
Live about 30 days. Females lay about 5 eggs every day.
Eat
Nothing
Eat blood from scalp.
Eat blood from scalp.
Found
Close to scalp, most often around ears and along back of neck. Glued to hair.
Anywhere on the human head.
Anywhere on the human head.
Transmission
None
Little, needs head to head contact.
Almost always spread by head to head contact.
Survival Needs
Requires human body temperature.
Requires human body temperature and blood.
Requires human body temperature and blood.
Death
When treated.
Die in 1 day or less when off the body.
Die in 2 days or less when off the body.

Facts About Lice


  • Having lice is one of the most contagious conditions among children, second to the common cold.
  • An itchy scalp is the most common symptom of having head lice and may continue for a while after treatment.
  • Lice can only survive away from a human host for 48 hours, because they depend on three things: the person’s body temperature, the person’s moisture they give off through their skin, and many blood meals a day.
  • Lice need to feed on human blood or they cannot survive.
  • Lice is not known to carry any disease and are not dangerous.
  • Lice cannot jump of fly.
  • Lice spreads by direct contact between the head with lice to another.
  • People of all races, hair types, colors, and lengths get head lice.
  • Lice can also be spread by sharing sports equipment like helmets, and hair accessories like brushes, barrettes, hats and towels.
  • Lice can also be spread by sharing pillows, bedding and headrest.
  • Lice eggs are more likely to be behind the ears or at the back of the neck.
  • Lice move away from light.
  • Lice does not mean there is poor hygiene. Lice seem to prefer clean heads.
  • Girls are more commonly infested than boys.
  • School aged children are most at risk.
  • You cannot get lice from pets, they live on people not animals.
  • Anyone, including you can get lice.
  • You can also beat lice.

What You Need To Treat Head Lice Naturally

You will need several products to treat head lice naturally. Even when all these products add up, it is still cheaper than most toxic head lice treatments.

The products are chosen by mothers all over the world who report their effectiveness. Tea Tree Oil, Denorex Shampoo, Listerien, Coconut Oil have all been reported to detour lice and even kill them.

Natural Head Lice Prodcuts

Lice Comb - 1 - Comb
Lice Comb - 1 - Comb

This is absolutely essential. You need a comb where the teeth are very close together.

 

How To Treat Head Lice with Listerine

Products needed:

  • Lice Comb
  • Original Listerine
  • White Vinegar
  • Disposable Plastic Shower Cap
  • Denorex Dandruff Extra Strength Shampoo
  • Conditioner with Coconut Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Spray Bottle
  • Bowl
  • Warm Water
  • Paper Towels

Step One

Mix 1 cup of Listerine with 1 cup of vinegar into a spray bottle. (The ratio is 1/1 so use more or less depending on how much hair you need to saturate.)

Step Two

Thoroughly saturate hair with Listerine mixture.

Step Three

Cover head with a plastic shower cap.

Step Four

Let it sit for 2 hours for the first treatment. (30 minutes for additional treatments.) Then take off the shower cap.

Step Four

Mix warm water and vinegar into a bowl. Have paper towels nearby. Use a lice comb and thoroughly go through small sections of the hair combing down from the top of the head to the bottom of the hair. Comb the entire length of the hair strands. After each stroke dip the comb into a bowl of warm water mix. Wipe off debris with the paper towel when needed. This is a tedious process but extremely important. The Listerine and vinegar mixture killed the lice. The vinegar also works by detaching the nits making it easier to release. If any nits are left behind, the lice will come back.

Step Five

Wash hair with Denorex Dandruff Extra Strength Shampoo and 1 drop of tea tree oil. Scrub the head and scalp. Rinse with warm water.

Step Six

Condition the hair with a conditioner that has coconut oil.

Step Seven

Dry with a towel. Towel and any clothes that were being worn during this process into the washing machine right away. When you’re done, change your clothes. Vacuum up the area where you worked and wash the nit comb in warm soapy water.

Extra Step

This step is not necessary. You can blow dry your hair on a hot blow dryer setting. Then if you have a flat iron, you can flat iron your hair. If any nits are left you can fry them. Lice cannot stand heat over 110 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature of a flat iron is between 360 to 410 degrees Fahrenheit. (Only let an adult do this step). Remember little kids heads and your head will scald at 110 degrees. However, if you have a flat iron you can safely take small sections of dry hair to fry them out.

Variation: Another variation is to pour the Listerine on the head and put the shower cap on. Wait the 2 hours or 30 min. Remove shower cap, and rinse with vinegar. Follow by combing.

Is it a Nit or Dandruff?

  • To tell the difference between dandruff and nits, dandruff can be moved easily, nits are glued to the hair and it is hard to remove.
  • Nits look like a small sesame seed.

One treatment of lice products or natural remedies is not enough. If all the nits are not removed they will hatch into lice, generating a cycle of self re-infestation. Do not mistakenly believe one application is enough. Follow the Lice Treatment Schedule below to ensure you get all the lice out for good.


Lice Treatment Schedule

 
Listerine Treatment Regime
Vacuum
Wash & Dry
Stuffed Animals
Hair Accesories
Day 1
First time you notice lice, treat the hair right away.
Vacuum your whole house, including beds, sofa's and even the car.
Wash and dry all bedding and clothes.
All the stuff animals need to be washed and dried.
Wash all hair brushes, or throw them out and replace them.
Day 2
It is important to stay on top of lice, or you will have another outbreak.
Dispose or empty out vacuum cleaner bags immediately after use.
Probably still doing laundry.
Or you can put all the stuffed animals in a trash bag and spray them with lysal and let them sit for 2 weeks.
Disinfect hair products such as combs, brushes and hair accessories by soaking in hot soapy water for 5 to 10 minutes.
Day 5
It is important to treat every 3 days. This way if any missed eggs hatch, you can kill the nymph louse before they become an adult and lay more eggs.
Just think how clean your house will be.
Keep on top of washing pillow cases, and sheets.
If they are terribly missing their stuffed animals, maybe buy a new one until the lice are gone.
You can bring a pot of water to boiling, and then shut it off. Put the hair accesories in the water and let it sit with the lid on until it cools.
Day 9
If just one egg was not discovered, it could hatch and start the whole thing again. You must keep on top of it so the lice do not grow into adults and hatch more eggs.
Vacuum again.
Wash all bedding.
Might want to keep the stuffed animals at bay until you know for sure the lice are eradicated.
Teach your child to never share hair accesories.
Day 13
You are probably getting really good and efficant at this.
Do not forget to empty out the vacuum bags or container.
Do not forget any towels used while treating the lice.
Did you know, that hospitals rarely give out stuffed animals. It is because they are full of allergens.
Some have stated they put their hair accesories through the dishwasher. Without dishes of course.
Day 17
Hang in there. If you do it right the first time, you will not be needing to keep doing this.
Immediately throw away the bags or the dust picked up by the vacuum and place outside in a trash can.
Wash bedding every time you do the Listerine Regime.
Instead of buying stuffed animals, you can buy plastic or wooden toys that can easily be washed and sanatized.
You can spray your hair accessories with Listerine.
Day 21
Almost there. Keep up the good work.
Vacuum again.
Some have put a few drops of tea tree oil in their wash to help combat lice.
Stuffed animals can be removed from trash bags.
Be aware of sports equipment like helmets. Try not to share, or at least spray the helmets with a disinfectant or Liserine.
Day 25
Congratulations, this is your last treatment.
You are probably a pro vacuum cleaner.
Wash your bedding at least once a week going forward.
Repeat if found more lice.
Be aware of headphones.
 
 
 
 
 
 

How To Prevent Head Lice

Fill a spray bottle with Listerine and a drop of Tea Tree Oil. Spritz hair and this will act like a repellant because they don't like the mentholated smell.

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Helping Your Child Cope With Head Lice

  • As the adult, do not become overly anxious or upset, your child will pick up emotional cues from you on how to react
  • Stay focused, stay calm
  • Assure your child this is a common problem and happens to everyone
  • If you have a story, tell your child you had head lice when you were young too
  • Let them know the lice will not hurt them
  • Tell your child some of the positives with having head lice
  • Have your child put stickers on the calender on the days they will need to do their Listerine head lice treatment. This way you both know what days will need to be treated to ensure the lice will not initially come back.

Positives to having head lice from a child's perspective:

  • You get to have a day off of school without feeling sick
  • You get to spend more one on one time with your mom
  • You get to buy a new brush, barrettes and headbands if you decide to throw your old ones out
  • You get to watch a movie while your mom or dad combs your hair

Do Art:

  • Encourage your child to make their own movie on how to fight head lice
  • Encourage your child to make a picture of what it feels like not to have lice
  • Have your child color while you comb through their hair

Mother To Mother Treating Head Lice

When I heard Emma had lice I was mortified. I thought I was a bad mother. Then I researched and found that lice is one of the most contagious conditions, second to the common cold. Emma has several colds a year, so statistically it would seem she would also get a case of head lice. I also read, that lice likes clean hair, because it is easier for them to attach.

I did not want to use the harsh chemicals on my daughter and in my research found many parents reporting they do not seem to work. We decided to do the Listerine treatment. After we pulled the shower cap off, all the bugs were dead. I worked hard on getting the nits out. It took me a long time because I used my pet's flea brush. The comb bristles were not close enough. We then purchased a nit comb and it was more effective, it only took me 20 to 30 minutes to comb through her hair instead of hours with the flea brush.

She was sent home on a Thursday for lice. We treated her Thursday night and again on Saturday. We also washed all the bedding and cleaned the house thoroughly all weekend. Monday she had to see the school nurse before they admitted her back into school. The nurse did not find one louse or one nit. The Listerine treatment outlined here works. My daughter is living proof.

One thing the lice provided, that I was unaware of in the beginning, was a unique way for my daughter and I to be together all weekend.


Carly Sullens 2013. All Rights Reserved.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      This is an awesome hub. The video is adorable as well as really informative. I am pinning this and sharing it widely. This does indeed happen to a lot of children, and it is good to know that it can be treated naturally. Voted up, useful, awesome and sharing!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      I appreciate that Donnah. I think it was therapeutic for her and I to make the video together.

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      anuramkumar 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Very useful hub. I wanted to use the olive oil option for my kid, but is it the normal cooking olive oil or the one that we use for body massage? Voted up.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Good question. Yes, it is olive oil for cooking. You can use extra virgin or regular, it really doesn't matter. And since you are using it on your head and not for cooking you do not need expensive olive oil.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Hi Carly,

      very useful hub that you have here to treat head lice

      naturally. my niece once had head lice and so its great to know

      that there are natural alternatives out there. thanks

      voted up

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a doll your daughter is, and that laugh of hers is a classic. I know this is a serious subject but I was laughing all the way through because of her laughter. Just great!

      You know, I have never had head lice. I think I must be darn lucky. :)

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thank you Bill. I am glad she is laughing, too. My hope of making this video was to help other kids not feel so stressed about lice. I am glad you never had lice. It usually happens more to girls than boys.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Awesome! Congrats on the HOTD! This is definitely a winner hub. Your daughter is so amazing. Voted up and I will be sharing this to fb to let my friends know how to get rid of lice from their childrens´ head. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I raised four daughters and each one came home at least once from school; sent home by the school. They were motified!

      Your daughter is just adorable and what an actress, too! I just wanted to hug her!

      I am a great believer in white vinegar for many uses around the house. I wrote a Hub about using vinegar. Congrats on HOTD, and may I link this Hub into mine about white vinegar?

      I voted UP, and will share.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Great to hear about a natural way to kill head lice. My kids had it at least once. I hated that smelly shampoo. Very nice video, what a cutie.

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thank you for such a thorough and careful description of the solution of a difficult problem. This is a model for a how-to hub on both the practical side and also the emotional side of an issue most people don't want to talk about. Voted up, awesome, and useful. My wife and I don't have children, but I'll pass it on to a friend who prefers all-natural and who's children have had trouble.

      One thought: Organic coconut oil (expeller-pressed) is similar to olive oil but has no scent. It would be worth trying, I think!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thanks Sidkemp for your sweet comment. I wanted to find organic coconut oil for my daughter but just could not find it anywhere. I stayed focused on the products most can find at their local drug store. But you are right the coconut oil is another great trick to put in the bag on treating head lice naturally.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Very nice and thorough. I am always for naturals ways to treat different conditions. This is a nice and simple solution for this issue. I will certainly file in the back of my mind for use if ever needed.

      Congratulations on your Hub of the Day.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      Congratulations!!!

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      Chace 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Congratulations on HotD!! :D What an awesome article.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      When I first commented, I forgot to add: my daughter is a barber. One of her pet peeves are parents who bring their kid in for a haircut knowing full well the kid has head lice! As soon as they are discovered, everything in the shop (combs, brushes, capes) has to be disenfected to keep them from spreading.

      I'm sending her the link to this Hub.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      WOW, Mary- you are right part of keeping lice from spreading is telling other's your child has lice and keeping them away from others until all the bugs and nits are gone. I called all her friend's moms that she had contact with recently letting them no, and to have them check their own child's head. It is just considerate.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thanks NornsMercy.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Julies, you will be the first one I would stand up and thank for this honor!

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      agapsikap 4 years ago from Philippines

      A very useful hub! Very timely. Now I have one great solution for my daughter who doesn't want to cut her long hair. Thanks for sharing CarlySullens!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Oh great agapsikap, let me know how it goes.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much for this hub which I am passing onto my family.

      I vote up and thank you for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      You are welcome.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      Very interesting and useful. Your young model is A++ great as well! I will print this out for friends. Rated Up and more.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thanks Patty, I think my model is super special too. ;)

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Congrats on your hub of the day. And congrats to your daughter too!

      My girls are now teenagers our days of headlice seem finally behind us, but we certainly had our fair share. The first time my elder daughter was scratching her head and I thought maybe she had dandruff, but my sister - whose girls are older - knew it was lice.

      My daughter has a head of curly hair so combing took hours, but like you I never wanted to put chemicals on my kids' heads. My sister taught me to smother the hair in conditioner and then comb and that did work, though it was time consuming. I've never heard of using listerine.

      By the way, kids in the UK aren't so lucky as those in the US - no day off for lice!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Melvoy, conditioniar is really the key to combing hair that is really curly or thick. The nit combs are so tight that if their is any knots it would hurt.

      That is interesting that UK kids continue to school, I wonder if it is effective to keep kids home or not. I wonder if anyone ever did a study.

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Carly I don't know if there's a study, but I do know people here say the rise in head lice is because schools here no longer have nurses who check kids' heads, but since your school does have a nurse that seems unlikely to be the reason.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Oh, I fogot to ask if I may link this Hub into my white vinegar Hub??? Thanks in advance!

      I just read this Hub again just to see your darling daughter. I love the "shower scene" the best.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Sure Mary go ahead. I love that part too. She was starting to get punchy at that time.

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      All those articles through which we can use everyday articles to treat our problem are very useful and you have pinned it. Thumbs up!

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      cre8ivOne 4 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Oh gosh, this makes my head itch. I had gone through childhood and raised two kids and never once dealt with head lice. Then one day my 17 year old daughter was complaining about an itchy head and even that she had pulled a few bugs out of her hair, dang, I knew what I was dealing with just then. Never did I realize how difficult it would be to get rid of though. We tried a number of different things but the only thing that really worked for us was applying Denorex onto her dry thick, long hair and letting it sit for a half hour. We would wash it out and comb, comb, comb. This we did every couple of days for 2 weeks and finally they were gone. Some of the other things we tried were absolutely horrible and I won't even bother to discuss. This is a great hub and I wish I had had a good resource like this around Christmas time.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Absolutely adorable . Emma does such a good job in the video. Congrats on HOTD. Our kids never got head lice or pin worms from school . We were very lucky. Enjoyed your hub and if I ever know anyone with head lice I will send them this hub. Voted up

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      Esmeowl12 4 years ago

      Very interesting! Listerine is good for so many things - including treating athlete's foot. I guess what's good for the head is good for the feet! :) Voted up!

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      FastTrack 4 years ago

      Use the Tea Tree Oil to keep your child from getting head lice in the first place by putting 2 to 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil in what ever shampoo you use, shake it up and use it like normal! Beat's the heck out of the 25 day treatment!;-)

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      billd01603 4 years ago from Worcester

      Hi Carly good Hub and the video was great. Really worked with this Hub. When my younger son got lice we used the mayonaise method. Voted up and useful

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Holycrap this article was very thorough and useful indeed. I loved the video and all the ways you've chosen to provide such relevant information here. I have indeed learned much more about head lice and now have alternative methods to using toxin as head lice fighters.

      Your methods here are awesome, also I like your advice you gave for parents to tell their children, panic isn't good at all and so you definitely took the more wiser approach to this battle to rid them pests.

      Bravo on doing such a wonderful job with this hub Carly, I'm glad you chose to share this with me, and I'll try to work on publishing that Youtube hub soon. I believe your video here will be a winner for sure on the Tube. (I'll share it with you when I'm done completing it)

      Good luck and oh thumbs up and sharing for sure.

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      Yvette Stupart PhD 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Carly, this is a great hub. I like the lice treatment schedule and the video.

      You provided useful information, and presented it in an interesting way. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dazie Max 2 years ago from Haiku, Hawaii

      Great job Emma and mom! I loved this and wish I had this available when my 2 daughters were small . This really helps take the stress out of dealing with these critters.

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      CarlySullens 2 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thank you Dazie Max. Our hope was to take the stress out for other moms and their children dealing with head lice.

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      EmeseRéka 2 years ago from The Desert

      Thank you for posting this hub! I wish I read it a few weeks ago. We've been exposed to lice twice now since I have two girls and they each had their turn to get it ;); the first time, a few years ago, I didn't believe that my daughter would have lice. She was home schooled, her younger sister was not in school yet, so when she was itching her head I thought she had dry scalp/dandruff, didn't cross my mind that it could be lice. Then one day she found one grown up big lice in her head and showed it to me. I looked it up, though I knew right away what it was. Unfortunately by then her sister, as well as I had it. It took us a very long time to totally get rid of it, every time we thought we were in the clear, a few days later here they were again. Finally I did break down and used the smelly, yucky shampoo, every week for three weeks, in addition to washing the bedding every single day. It was a total nightmare, and it shouldn't have been. I knew about vinegar, but by itself it doesn't work. A few weeks ago my daughter's best friend's mom called me, telling me that her daughter had lice. Sure enough, when I checked mine, she had it too. I only found one lonely tiny specimen, but I got the smelly shampoo right away, washed everything she touched in the house, and repeated the process a week later. I am so grateful to my friend that she told me right away, as soon as she found out. It made it so much easier to treat since there were very few to deal with. Luckily I am not finding any in her hair now and we seem to be in the clear. I do hope it won't be a next time, but just in case, I am bookmarking your hub, this sounds the best way to get rid of them fast. Also, now I plan on making the Listerine and tea tree oil spray for prevention as soon as I get off the computer. Thank you for a well-written detailed article and the good advice! Your daughter is adorable :)

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      CarlySullens 2 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thank Emese. I am glad it helped. That is why my daughter and I made this article together. The big difference in fighting lice, is maintaining the treatment once you find one. One treatment is not enough. You have to stick with it, until all the lice and eggs are completely removed. You seem to know what you are doing and it was great to read your comment.

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