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How to Kill Head Lice With Salt Water

By Frank Dioso ; Updated July 27, 2017

The head louse is a small, wingless parasitic insect that can establish and maintain themselves on human hair. They feed on very small amounts of blood that they draw from your scalp. Although not dangerous, their presence can cause discomfort in the form of constant itching and redness. Head lice cannot jump or hop, but they can crawl very quickly. They are usually spread by head-to-head contact such as sharing a bed with an infected person. They seldom spread through the sharing of personal items such as combs, brushes or toilet seats. By employing all the methods below, you can effectively eliminate head lice with salt water.

  1. Wet your hair. Fill a large basin or pail with warm water. Pour water on your hair either with your hands or a scooper such as a measuring cup. Wetting your hair will help moisturize it and prepare it for the salt solution. When wetting your hair, do so over a sink.

  2. Add one pound of Epsom salts to the basin and stir. Add more water if necessary should you happen to put too much salt for over saturation. Keep stirring the salt until it dissolves.

  3. Bend over the sink and apply the solution. Ensure you do so carefully and slowly, and avoid contact with the eyes.

  4. Massage your head while pouring the salt water for five minutes. Wait about two minutes for the salt solution to do its work against the lice. Rinse your hair with fresh water after massaging.

  5. Comb out the dead lice with a lice comb or other fine comb. Rinse your hair out with water again. Dry your hair with a towel afterward.

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