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Head Lice Home Remedies

389 Home Remedies for Head Lice


My granddaughter kept getting head lice. so I looked on the computer for home remedies because the ones we bought at the store were too expensive and the over-the-counter shampoos didn't work. I used it once and it worked wonders and I've used it ever since. I keep a prepared bottle in my bathroom for the 'just-in-case'.

Head Lice Shampoo

Small Amount
2 tablespoons Tea Tree Oil
6 ounces Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (Dawn ONLY)
2 ounces white vinegar

Medium Amount
2 ounces Tea Tree Oil
12.5 ounces Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (Dawn ONLY)
4 ounces white vinegar

Large Amount
4 ounces Tea Tree Oil
25 ounces Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (Dawn ONLY)
8 ounces white vinegar

Mix the three ingredients in a large squeeze bottle, such as an empty dish soap bottle. Use as regular shampoo, leave on for about 5 minutes before rinsing. Use conditioner to soften hair and keep dandruff down. Tea Tree Oil may cause some dandruff, but the bugs will be gone. May use every day, and bugs are usually gone within a week. Be VERY CAREFULL not to get in eyes or mouth.

I use this as a preventative…(if there has been an outbreak at school etc) and since I have started using it we have not had a problem with lice. Also, I think tea tree oil smells bad so after I use it I rewash my hair with regular shampoo to get rid of the smell. Tea tree does cause dandruff so I wouldn’t use it more than 2 or 3 times a week. Since I use it as a preventative, I don’t even use the lice comb any more. This works so good I have several friends and family members that keep a bottle of it on their shelves for just in case”.


We tried Rid, Nix, Olive oil, mayo, everything... nothing worked. Then I came up with this concoction of my own that worked:
water (4 ounces)
salt (1 Tablespoon)
Dr Bronner's 18-in-1 Peppermint Castile LIQUID soap (4 ounces)
Paul Mitchell's tea tree Shampoo (4 Tablespoons)
Vinegar (1 Tablespoon)
Dish soap (like Dawn) - (1 Tablespoon)
Oregano Oil (16 drops - no more than this as it can have a hot/burning sensation - just 16 drops)

*** Mix 4 ounces of warm water with 1 tablespoon salt until salt is totally dissoved. This is very important step as otherwise salt will not dissolve properly in shampoo, and it is needed to dehydrate lice and nits.

*** Then mix in 4 ounces of Dr Bronner's 18-in-1 Peppermint castile LIQUID soap. Mix well. (This dissolves lice exoskeletons)

*** Add 1 Tablespoon White Vinegar. Mix. (This loosens glue of nits)

*** Add 1 Tablespoon Dish soap. Mix

*** Add 4 Tablespoons Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo. Mix. (Stuns and immobilizes lice and helps kill them)

*** Add 16 drops of pure Oregano Oil. Mix. (This kills them too)

**** Mix this very well and pour into an empty shampoo bottle. Wash hair with this shampoo, lathering really well and keeping on head for 5 - 10 minutes. Rinse well. Shampoo a second time the same way. Rinse again. Distribute Conditioner of any kind into hair, leave on and go through hair with a nit comb. Rinse well......... Do this everyday for 2 weeks. You should not see anymore nits or live lice at this point (actually you shouldn't see any after week 1, but going 2 weeks on the nit combing is just being safe as per their life cycle). After this it's VERY important that you continue to use this shampoo in place of your regular shampoo (lathering and leaving on head for 5 minutes, rinse and do a second time) every day for the next 4 weeks. No need to nit pick anymore as they're all pretty much gone after 2 weeks, and any stray nit that remains and hatches will be killed quickly in babyhood by this DAILY shampoo. After these final 4 weeks (6 weeks total -> 2 nit combing weeks + 4 prevention/continued treatment weeks) you can return to your regular shampoo, but I prefer to use Paul Mitchell's Tea Tree Shampoo for prevention (lice hate the scent of tea tree and will avoid your head). Lice have been gone and stayed gone, finally!


Sauve Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner works wonders. No combing. No chemicals. Just use it everytime you shampoo. No more worries!!


I used permanent hair dye and both the lice and nits were gone within a day. I color my hair anyways, so it was time to touch it up and I left it on 10 extra minutes and it killed the lice and nits and I've been lice-free since.


I am a pharmacist. When my daughter was in the first grade she picked up head lice at school. I tried using Nix twice, but she still had lice. The school nurse suggested mayonnaise, but this seemed very unappealing, so I decided to go to the beauty supply store and buy a hot oil treatment made for hair. It came in a plastic packet that you placed in a cup of warm water to heat it up. After applying to the hear you needed to cover the scalp with a plastic bag and allow to sit on the hair for about 3 to 5 minutes. It worked and her hair was beautiful! Of course, the hair needs to be combed free of lice eggs with a special lice comb. Good luck!


I am 19 years old and I have beautiful long blonde hair. Over the years, it seems I have had a million bouts with lice. I am a very hygienic person and always have been. On top of it all the other 4 people in my household never get them! My mom and I keep a very clean house, but, alas, they keep coming back to me. My doctor told me that it was actually worse that we are so clean- they like clean heads to move around on. I am not ashamed of it anymore and you shouldn't be either. Almost every single person gets it at least once, and some they like more than others. My trick is KEROSENE and a LICE COMB! I swear it works the first time every time with no doubts! It costs about 88 cents for the kerosene, and 6 dollars for the lice comb. Trust me, it sounds dangerous, but if you're careful around you're eyes- it's a piece of cake! I have tried all the special shampoos like RID and NIX but the truth is they just don't work! Even the home remedies didn't work- mayonaise, olive oil, orange/mango shampoo, and so on! none! This is the only way I go.

To do this you need:

Enough kerosene to coat the head 2 times. (at least. they should be gone after one, but I always do it again to be safe.)

one good lice comb

a washcloth

**You will probably want to do this where you can comfortably rinse.

First brush your hair out, then comb through with the lice comb to get them loosened up really well.

Then, with someone you trust's help, hold the washcloth over your eyes and have them douse your head and scalp with kerosene. They should work it in some, but be careful and not leave it on too long. then rinse VERY VERY WELL and shampoo/condition as you would regularly.

Go back to combing and make sure you look and comb very hard and get everything out.

Repeat the kerosene/shampoo/conditioner step.

dry hair with blow dryer and it should be gone.

check over the course of the next few weeks, and your lice should be gone gone gone!

My doctor told me this remedy after nothing else worked, and I don't even try anything else now!

I also recommend using DENOREX EXTRA STRENGTH once to twice a week to deter the lice from coming back. It works like a charm! I promise!


Here is one of many head lice home remedies:

Get two egg yolks, two to three tablespoons of vinegar and two to three tablespoons of lemon juice. Mix these ingredients well. Apply them to your scalp. Allow it to set for about half an hour. After that you wash it off with warm water.

Use one to two tablespoons of lemon juice, and one to two tablespoons of garlic past. Mix these two. Apply this to your scalp and let it stay for about half an hour. Wash your hair in cold water.

Mix two tablespoons of lemon juice with one tablespoon of butter. Make a cream out of these ingredients and apply it to your head. Leave it on for a minimum of 15 minutes. Rinse it out.

Repeat this measure for four days. At the end of four days stop. Wait several days. Then reapply the treatment again for four days.

Take a raw lemon, apply it to your head once a week. This is said not only to prevent lice, but keep dandruff at bay at the same time.


Simply put.. rubbing achaol I use the 91% but any would do it kills and desvolves the nit glue.... it smells and hurts if get in eyes but spray bottle work if u needed just drench wait and wash good the. Drench again cheak each time they will go it also kills the nits before they hach... BE CAREFULL. For the eyes


While the weather is still cold, apply coconut oil to hair. go outside and let the oil harden. stay out for at least one hour. the hardened oil will kill the lice. do this every two days for at least 2 weeks.


Hmmm. I hate lice. Everybody does.
But anyways. I use mayo the cheap one. and then mis it with vinger and then I put it in the head and then I put a shower cap or plastic bags on. Leave in for 12 hours because lice can hold their breath up to 10 hours. So uselly me and my sisters do it and just sleep in it over night, wash it out in the morning and then comb with a lice brush. Everyday you comb your hair. Then clean your house. (:

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