Did you know that twelve million lice infestations occur every year in the US alone? That’s 1 out of every 25 people! Recent studies show that over 99% of head lice in North America have become resistant to chemicals, so pesticides may not be your best option to get rid of lice. The following, natural remedies not only work extremely well, they may also have become your ONLY option.
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10 Ways to Lose Your Lice
1. Physical Lice Removal
A fine-toothed nit comb allows you to remove lice and nits from wet hair, but this can cause some pain for children.
2. Suffocation Method
Soak hair in oil, put a shower cap on overnight and you will smother lice (but not nits). You can try olive oil, coconut oil, mayonnaise, butter or petroleum jelly.
3. Kill Lice with Essential Oils
Essential oils can act as natural pesticides. Your options include tea tree, lavender, rosemary, anise, ylang-ylang, sesame seed, or eucalyptus oil.
4. The Mouthwash Method
As strange as it sounds – soaking your hair in Listerine and putting a shower cap on will make your lice move out. No mouthwash at hand? Try orange juice instead!
5. Getting Lice Drunk
Washing your hair with cheap booze is a great way to disorient lice. Afterwards, simply wash them out.
6. Dried Lice
Dissolve salt in apple cider vinegar and use this mixture to wash your hair. Vinegar helps loosen the lice’s grip on your hair, and salt dries them out.
7. Shaving Heads
This is a radical solution with 100% guaranteed results. However, it will also radically alter your children’s looks.
8. Crispy Fried Lice
There are special devices available to dry out lice and nits with heat. Be careful with hairdryers – they may be too hot, and who wants crispy, fried lice?
9. Sanitizing Personal Items
Lice can hide in your child’s personal items. Wash clothes, hair brushes, headphones and stuffed animals with hot water! Seal items that can’t be washed in plastic bags for two weeks.
10. Sanitizing your House
If you want to make sure lice have nowhere left to hide, you need to vacuum floors as well as upholstered furniture and wash bedsheets, pillowcases, and towels.