Cheap and easy!
Head lice are every parent’s worst nightmare. They dread the day their kid comes home from school complaining about an itchy scalp because they know how annoying and difficult to remove they can be. Usually kids in school get them but it can happen to an adult just as easy.
Even though they are not dangerous they can be quite annoying and cause itching and an inflamed scalp. If they’re not eliminated in time the situation can get really bad because they multiply very quickly and can even lead to an infection.
What are head lice?
The head louse is an obligate ectoparasite of humans that causes head lice infestation. Head lice are wingless insects spending their entire life on the human scalp and feeding exclusively on human blood.
To treat lice, there are times when all you need to do is use a lice comb to comb your child’s hair every morning and evening for three weeks. You can find a number of lice shampoos and similar products on the market but if you’ve dealt with this situation you know that they can be ineffective and rather expensive. However, you can combine the combing with some easy—although sometimes messy—home treatments.
One of the cheapest, yet most effective home treatment would be the use of household items like vinegar and mouthwash. How do you do it? Take a look at the simple steps below—and say goodbye to head lice forever!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Listerine mouthwash (You can use another brand).
- Lice comb.
- White vinegar.
- A couple of towels.
- Shower cup or plastic bags.
How to do it?
First, wash your child’s head with mouthwash until it is completely wet. Wrap the hair with a plastic bag or cover it with a bathing cap. Leave the mouthwash on for at least an hour and carefully remove the cap. Wash your kid’s hair with vinegar and cover it again with a cap for an additional hour. Then, remove the cap and wash your child’s hair with regular shampoo. In the end comb your hair with the lice comb and that’s it!
The trick is in the strong smell of Listerine which will keep them away because they can’t stand the smell of peppermint. You can even pour some Listerine in a small spray bottle and spray your kid’s hair before going to school as a precaution measure.
This is a much better option than the commercially available lice shampoos because they’re usually full of toxic chemicals which can do a lot of damage to your child’s scalp.