The last few weeks, I had the (dis)pleasure of dealing with head lice. My oldest son was at school when we got the news that I needed to come and pick him up because there has been an outbreak and he was among the infested. For those Vancouver families that have never dealt with head lice, let me tell you, it will turn your entire world upside down. This epidemic happened at the Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School in Vancouver where my oldest son attends. Because head lice is not something that just goes away quickly and inexpensively, let me share with you how to get rid of head lice inexpensively. We used ingredients we had at home and it saved us a ton of money as the kits for treating head lice can be $15 a box or more.
- Remove every single piece of clothing you own from every closet, drawer, floor, and shelf and wash it all. All of the bedding, stuffed animals, blankets, and pillows should be bagged in plastic bags and put outside on the deck or in the garage. The cold will kill all the lice. The plastic bag will also help to suffocate them.
- Boil all the hairbrushes, combs and hair accessories you or your family uses such as barrettes and hair ties. The extreme hot will also help to kill the lice.
- When treating the kids’ hair, I saturated their heads in mayonnaise and made them sleep with it overnight while wearing a swim cap. This helped to suffocate most of the lice the first time I Treated their heads. Yes, I did say the first time their heads.
- After I combed through their hair, I washed it with straight white wine vinegar. Leave that on their hair until it dries. This will help to suffocate some of the bugs. Keep in mind, that in most cases, there is going to be eggs hatching within a couple of days. This process can be expedited if you leave most all the bedding, toys and clothes stay bagged up in the garage or porch after they have been washed. This just means that you will not have to wash them all over again because they have not been in an area that was infested.
- Using a flea powder that you would purchase for your carpets, sprinkle your carpets and furniture. Follow the instructions on the bottle to treat your house. Do this every day until you are positive the infestation has gone away.
- Check your child’s hair several times a day for at least five days. To help maintain a head lice free scalp, use Tea tree Shampoo to keep the scalp saturated and the bugs from wanting to live there. The infestation is considered over if you do not have a reoccurrence for five days or longer.
We had an infestation that had five reoccurrences total between my two sons. Also, remember that you must treat yourself as well as your significant other. If you have pets, keep them outside if possible or in a boarding facility until this epidemic is over because it can be passed to them. Our epidemic was over when I shaved my son’s heads bald. If there is no hair left, then there is nothing to attach to.