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Kill Lice with Mayonnaise

Kill Lice with Mayonnaise

Adam Dachis, Gawker Media

Kill Lice with Mayonnaise If you or your kids end up with a head lice problem, you don't necessarily need to invest in expensive and harsh shampoos to solve the problem. A jar of mayonnaise can do the trick. Daniel Packer, writing for frugal living blog Wise Bread, shares his discovery:

A few years ago, I unfortunately got lice. I tried all the products that the local drug stores had to offer and found that nothing worked. Afraid of killing more brain cells than lice, I refrained from using any more toxic chemicals on my hair and resorted to mayonnaise. It is a safe way to kill lice, and it works! Massage mayonnaise into your hair and cover it with a shower cap before you go to sleep. Wash it out in the morning and use a fine comb to comb out any dead eggs. If needed, repeat 7-10 days later.

I read this with a healthy amount of skepticism because it seems a little like a snake oil proposition. As it turns out, snake oil could kill the lice as well because any oil or product with a lot of oil (like mayonnaise) serves to suffocate the little monsters. The Minnesota Department of Health lists mayonnaise as an acceptable suffocant for treating head lice . Oil and petroleum jelly are listed as well. A think coating is necessary, and because you're not actually poisoning the lice you have a higher margin of error. That said, suffocating them with an oily product can and has worked for many people. It's worth a try if you're particularly adverse to using harsh chemicals.

10 Unexpected Home Uses for Mayonnaise | Wise Bread

Photo by Bradley P. Johnson .

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