Can You Use Mayonnaise To Kill Lice?
Good old mayo – the hero of countless recipes and a staple in nearly every kitchen in America. Diverse in its abilities beyond sandwiches, mayonnaise can be used for many things around the house, but does mayonnaise get rid of lice? It can but there are better options!
How Does Mayonnaise Kill Lice?
You may have heard that mayonnaise is an effective remedy for head lice. Some people have tried to use mayonnaise in an attempt to treat and get rid of head lice. Does mayonnaise kill lice? Well….we have the right idea! For those still wondering – does mayonnaise kill head lice and can mayonnaise kill lice, the answer is yes! But how?
Mayonnaise works to kill head lice by way of suffocation. Head lice need to breathe and mayonnaise and some other oils are thick enough to coat their airways and suffocate them if left on the hair long enough. This is a 100% effective treatment method if executed correctly.
Suffocation of head lice is becoming a more common method used by families because lice have mutated over the past several years, developing a resistance to many chemical lice treatments. Because of this, these resistant strains of head lice have earned the name “Super Lice”. As a head lice treatment service, we at LiceDoctors receive several phone calls a day from parents who have tried chemical head lice treatments that have not worked. The majority of these parents tell us that they used the chemical shampoos and that they are still finding nits and in some cases are still seeing live bugs in the hair. In addition, they are upset because they reluctantly applied chemicals with undesirable side effects on their children’s heads, thinking that these treatments were their only alternative. Side effects of chemical treatments can be extreme, so why take chances when there are safer and more effective treatments available?
Mayonnaise Lice Treatment Instructions
probably wondering now how to get rid of lice with mayonnaise. Even though it is messy, it is actually quite simple. Apply the mayonnaise for head lice thoroughly to the hair. You really want to just keep applying it and ensure that every single strand of hair is coated, all the way down to the tip of the hair. Use a regular comb run through the hair with the mayonnaise in it to ensure the strands are fully saturated. Once saturated, you will need to comb out all of the lice eggs with a professional grade nit comb. This usually involves sectioning the hair and combing each section until no more eggs or bugs remain in the hair. After that, apply more mayonnaise lice treatment to the hair to supplement any that was combed out during the egg and bug removal process. Live bugs can hold their breath for 6 hours, so you will need to leave the mayonnaise on the hair for at least 8 full hours to ensure any bugs that may have been missed are suffocated (this is where problems arise; see next section). Throughout this process, you need to ensure you supplement the mayonnaise as needed to ensure the hair stays wet with the mayonnaise and remains completely saturated. As with any lice treatment, follow up is necessary to address the entire life cycle of lice is cut off.
Risks of Using Mayonnaise
While mayonnaise does not have chemicals, using mayonnaise in hair for lice, can be fraught with problems. LiceDoctors was once called to treat a girl who, unbeknownst to us, had applied a mayonnaise lice treatment to her hair before we got there. Unfortunately mayonnaise dries quickly and becomes very caked. Once that happens it is impossible to get the lice comb through the hair. This is what happened in this case and the girl ended up washing out the mayonnaise and drying it so that we could start with dry hair to do a thorough lice treatment. The good news is she did not use chemicals so she did no harm to herself. Leaving mayo in the hair for 8 hours turns the mayo rancid and it smells rotten.
Another challenge with mayonnaise and lice is that it is opaque. That means if you comb the hair quickly before it dries so that you can get the comb through, you will pull out mayo and you will have a hard time identifying the bugs and eggs. Other oils that are used for head lice treatments are thick enough to suffocate the bugs but clear enough so that you can see the lice and nits. Since mayonnaise is not clear, it is especially difficult for those not experienced with head lice removal and identification to be able to tell if they have gotten all of the eggs and bugs out of the hair. No matter what product you use to suffocate bugs, it is also important that you pull all of the nits out of the hair. If you leave even a couple of nits in the hair, the case will perpetuate.
Alternative To Mayonnaise For Lice
Maybe after reading this you have decided to try some other home remedy besides mayonnaise. There are many other non-pesticide treatments that can be used to treat head lice effectively. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most common natural lice treatments in “What Is The Best Home Remedy For Lice?”
Before you start messing with other treatments, like mayonnaise, we suggest you give us a try. We will eradicate your lice case safely and efficiently in just one visit in the privacy of your home. Call LiceDoctors today at 800-224-2537.