Lice seem inevitable when you have kids in school. It’s gross and can be expensive to get rid of — but it doesn’t have to be!
There are plenty of low-cost ways to not only get rid of lice, but make sure they stay far away from your family and home.
1. Coat hair and scalp with mayonnaise or olive oil for 3 hours.
Completely lather the hair until it’s saturated and wring out any excess to cut back on mess. Then wrap the hair in plastic wrap.
Leave the oil on for at least 3 hours — the longer the better. This should kill any adult lice on the scalp.
TIP: Use a shower cap to keep your wrapped-up hair contained.
2. Soak hair in distilled white vinegar for 15 minutes.
After you’ve finished the oil treatment, wash hair with shampoo until the oil is all out.
Towel dry and then completely saturate hair with vinegar, making sure it reaches the scalp. Once the 15 minutes are up, wash it out with some shampoo again.
The vinegar dissolves the “glue” that holds the nits to the hair, making them much easier to comb out.
3. Work coconut oil into damp hair and scalp.
Coconut oil is deadly to lice and will kill adult lice and the nymphs as they hatch.
Work a couple teaspoons of oil into damp hair, making sure to work it into the scalp. Not only will it help to rid your head of lice, but it will also make the hair soft and shiny.
Continue to use the coconut oil as a hair treatment, or simply dab a couple drops behind the ears to prevent future infestation.
4. Comb, comb, comb.
You may want to put on a movie — this will take a while, but it’s an important step.
For a detailed description of how to use a lice comb, go here. Do this every day or every other day for at least 2 weeks.
5. Wash and dry fabric items in high heat for at least 30 minutes.
Nothing should be re-worn or reused more than once when there’ve been lice in your house.
This is especially true for anything that came in contact with hair, like pillowcases and towels.
6. Put items like plush toys in a garbage bag or an airtight container for two weeks.
Lice can’t live away from a human head for longer than that, so after two weeks it should be lice-free.
7. Wipe down hard surfaces with rubbing alcohol.
Rubbing alcohol will kill any nits or live bugs that have transferred to a surface.
8. Soak hairbrushes, hair clips and combs in rubbing alcohol for an hour.
Clean hair out of brushes after every use, and make sure no one is sharing hair supplies.
9. Vacuum upholstered furniture, carpets, throw pillows, car seats and headrests regularly.
As a final step, it’s best to just do a thorough cleaning of your house.