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Must-know Tips on How to Use Listerine to Get Rid of Lice

How to Use Listerine to Get Rid of Lice
A lice infestation can be a living nightmare for any parent or individual. While they are not dangerous, the resulting itchiness can be annoying and gross. We, at HairGlamourista, have information on how to use Listerine to get rid of lice and tips to prevent the spread of lice.
Ashmeet Bagga
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2018
Did You Know?
The Environmental Protection Agency states that over-the-counter product RID for lice treatment has 4% piperonyl butoxide, which is possibly a human cancer-causing agent.
Do you dread the day when your kid will come home scratching his head? Not because he or she is thinking too hard, but he or she has been infested with lice? Well, nobody likes the sight of people scratching their head due to a lice infestation. These small, wingless insects call human hair as their abode and feed on the blood sucked from our scalp. It has been estimated that children from the age of 5-12 are most affected by lice. Girls get hair lice more often than boys, obviously because they have longer hair. Lice are dreaded by everyone, and there are a number of myths surrounding the infestation of lice. One myth states that if your hair is dirty or greasy, the chances of attracting lice is pretty high. Researchers have proven otherwise, they claim that lice prefer clean hair as it's easy for their eggs to hold on to than greasy hair.

Lice only attack humans for some reason, so your pet won't have any, Thank the Lord for that! If you are sure your kid or you have lice, then sharing pillows, giving hugs, sharing clothes, etc., is a complete no-no. Lice don't spread any disease, but their bites are itchy and highly aggravating. You just don't need to get rid of lice or their eggs from your head, but also from your house, they will most likely survive on pillows, soft toys, blankets, clothes, etc.

Nowadays, people claim that OTC products that eliminate head lice have high amount of chemicals, which is not healthy for us. Some researchers claim that lice have become immune to these chemicals due to product overuse. So, the best option is to use a home remedy for lice elimination and prevention. You can try this Listerine lice treatment to not only get rid of these blood-sucking parasites, but also to put an end to an infestation in your house at least.
Reasons to Use Listerine Lice Treatment at Home
► It is less toxic than other lice treatment products available in stores, Listerine does not contain any harsh or strong chemicals, which is not healthy for our scalp.

► Other OTC products are inexpensive, a bottle of Listerine won't cost you much; whereas, if you go to buy shampoos or oils, they are going to be heavy on your pocket.
► Listerine contains herbal oils like peppermint oil, thyme, eucalyptus, and, wintergreen oil. It also has 27% alcohol, which is like a poison to lice, but not to worry, because it's safe for us to use. The oils in Listerine suffocates lice, they have very less resistant to peppermint oil. So it's easy to kill them with Listerine.
Things You Require
Shampoo and conditioner
Shampoo and conditioner
A large bottle of Listerine mouthwash (If you have many heads to treat)
Mouthwash and Brush
Disposable shower caps
Disposable shower caps
Metal nit removal comb
Metal nit removal comb
A couple of towels
Couple of Towels
► Wet your or your little ones hair with Listerine, you can use any type of Listerine, make sure to cover your eyes and ears. Once it's completely drenched, wear shower cap and cover their entire head. Let it sit for at least an hour. Make sure to seal the head properly, so there's no way for lice to escape.

► If you experience irritating or burning sensation, wash it out earlier. After an hour, remove shower cap, you may observe many dead lice in cap. This proves that Listerine is effective.
► Rinse the mouthwash from their hair, and shampoo and condition as you would normally do. You may see dead lice in your shower.

► Once you are done, wrap a towel around your shoulder, and comb your hair using a metal nit removal comb, Listerine helps to loosen the eggs' grip, so you can easily comb them out. The comb will help to pull out remaining dead lice or eggs.
► If you discover any live lice, you can carry out the treatment all over again; however, it is recommended to wait for at least a week before repeating the same procedure.

► If you experience a burning sensation on your scalp, don't worry, it's just due to the mouthwash, but if the sensation persists for long, visit your doctor.
► You can put Listerine in a spray bottle, dilute it with some water, and spray on your head before you head to school or work. The strong minty smell helps to keep lice away.
► Remember to wash all the bedding, pillow covers, clothes in hot water, lice can't survive in hot water.
► If you can't wash all the items, make sure to at least put them in a hot dryer with the highest temperature.
► Also, while nit combing your hair, put your comb in hot water at least for 10 minutes.
► Ask your kids not to share their caps or clothes with any of their friends.
It may seem like a time-consuming process and you may have to do it over and over again, but at least you are not dousing your head with harmful chemicals, all these lice medication goes through our scalp and into our bloodstream, are you ready to risk it? Think about it, stay safe and give Listerine a try.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a professional on this subject.