How to get rid of lice… It can happen to anyone. No matter how clean you and your kids are, you’ll likely have to deal with lice at some point. And it struck our house a few weeks ago. EWWW!
Yes, it’s a total nightmare, especially when you have long hair and lots of it (like we do with three long haired daughters!), but it’s nothing to freak out about. We’ve put together some easy tips to teach you how to identify, treat and prevent lice. Hopefully, you’ll never have to deal with this problem again. But if you do, you’ll be a pro at getting rid of it quickly.
Disclaimer: I am not a licensed medical professional. My advice, experience, and suggestions are not to be considered medical advice.
How to Get Rid of Lice.
First, find out what lice looks like in all three stages (eggs, nymphs and adults).
Kids scratching their heads, but not sure how to search through all that hair? Here’s how to check for lice and nits.
Next, if you have access to the lice shampoo, use it, but if you are like us and have a kiddo who is highly allergic to the chemicals and don’t want a case of hives, OR you are just wary of using pesticides on your skin – there are other options, especially if you know you already have the little pests crawling in your hair.
Try to smother the lice – you can use mayonnaise. Sounds weird, but it works. The mayo and vinegar makes the eggs not be able to breathe, and it is much easier to comb out the nits with the mayo!
Combing out Lice.
And now for the miserable part…
Combing. This is by far the most effective method if you are looking for how to get rid of lice. We suggest starting at the nape of the head and working your way up. It helps to be watching TV too. Get the comb now, even if you don’t have lice yet. There is nothing worse than waiting to get it – and the combs at the grocery store aren’t as effective as that bad boy!
Did you know that listerine is an effective lice treatment? You’ll smell minty fresh, too! After you comb all the nits out try Listerine if you have it on hand (we did not try this method, but heard from pals tht it worked well).
Several Cetaphil (lotion) applications are shown to be 96% effective at getting rid of lice. If you don’t have access to lice meds yet, try this until you can get them!
Although not effective against mature lice, apple cider vinegar is good for removing nits. It softens and dissolves them, but you still need to comb through with a nit comb to ensure that you get them all.
Wash everything, on high heat. If you can’t wash it – bag it!
Don’t forget to wash all clothing and bedding that the infested person has come into contact with recently.
Essential oils make a nice (and pleasant-smelling) preventative spray (see recipe from Abby below!).
Lice Prevention Spray Recipe
After you have combed out the hair, washed everything in sight, now is time to keep them away so you don’t need to repeat this process a week later!
- 1 cheap spray bottle
- Tea tree oil (essential oil)
*optional – add extra drops of Lavender essential oil (or any oil you like the smell of)
Fill bottle with water, then add 10+ drops of tea tree oil. I added 5 drops of lavender oil for a pretty smell.
Every morning before school spray on hair & brush.
You can also add tea tree oil to their shampoo.