If head lice removal is a necessity in your household and you prefer using natural approaches for your family’s health and wellbeing, then this solution is for you!
Lice are becoming more resistant to over-the-counter remedies. So that means each new product made to treat hair lice is stronger than the last one. That’s a scary thought when it comes to putting it on your child’s scalp where it may absorb and cause side effects.
Good news: Vinegar, when used correctly, can be just as effective at treating head lice — if not more effective! In the world of natural home remedies, vinegar & lice go hand in hand.
Don’t worry, getting rid of lice isn’t as bad as you think.
Following is everything you need to know about using vinegar as a natural head lice treatment at home, plus when it’s time to see a doctor.
If you have kids, one thing that can scare you instantly is a report of hair lice in the school.
You immediately start itching as you eyeball your child’s head and try to determine if they have lice from across the room.
Sorry to tell you — you’re gonna have to get up close and personal with the lice. I’ll explain why.
Although they’re very small, lice can be seen by the naked eye (but not from across the room) — as seen here:
Check first behind the ears and the nape of the neck. These are favored places for lice to congregate.
Next, check the crown of the head and spot check other areas around the head.
Did you find evidence of lice? Don’t panic.
Sure, you could buy over-the-counter lice remedies, but they’re not nearly as safe and gentle as using vinegar to remove hair lice and nits. This vinegar lice remedy is much better.
Truthfully, you’ll probably want to grab some age-appropriate distractions as well — since this isn’t a quick process!
It’s important to choose an area where you have enough room for your supplies. Bathrooms, kitchens, and even the great outdoors are good places for at home treatment of lice.
Now you’re ready to begin combing!
Grab your comb and get ready to stay where you are for a little while.
Continue combing this way over the entire head.
Once the nit comb comes out clean from all areas of your child’s head, stop dipping the comb into the clean vinegar — but continue combing until their hair is dry.
TIP: This vinegar lice home remedy dissolves the glue holding the nit to the hair strand, but will not kill the nit. That’s why it’s extremely important to comb until the hair is completely dry — so you’ll catch even the tiniest nits that remain.
Once the hair is completely dry and there are no more lice found, put the towel (or sheet) drape into the washing machine — along with the child’s bed linens and clothes.
Wash everything using hot water, and be sure to dry thoroughly in the clothes dryer. Lice and nits will die from the heat!
Put your child’s pillows (without the pillowcases) into the dryer and run for a full drying cycle.
Vacuum the affected mattress and carpeted areas as well.
NOTE: Repeat this entire process in 7 days to remove any newly hatched lice that may have survived the first treatment. Skipping this step could invite a re-infestation of hair lice in your family!
If you tried this vinegar lice home remedy and it didn’t worked, then it’s time to see a doctor.
Also, don’t use over-the-counter remedies to treat your child for hair lice unless you’re 100% certain that your child has them and the vinegar head lice removal treatment didn’t work.
Since lice are insects, most products to get rid of them have pesticides in them. You shouldn’t expose your child to such harsh chemicals unless it’s absolutely necessary — because they can cause skin and eye irritation.
That’s why we suggest this natural home remedy for lice. But if you’re not sure that you got them all, or you’re worried about a re-infestation, then a trip to the doctor is a reasonable next step.
In addition to the links I’ve included above, I found these tips for head lice removal very helpful as well:
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