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Does Coke Kill Lice?

For anyone who has ever had to handle or is currently dealing with a case of lice, there’s no denying that it’s frustrating. As a problem that’s existed for years, the common case of scalp critters has pained and annoyed humanity for far longer than most have expected it to. Although the technology for properly dealing with lice today is better than ever, many people still try to turn to readily available at-home remedies. A number of improvising people have asked the question, “Can I use a few bottles of Coca-Cola to kill my head lice?

No Secret Lice-Treating Ingredients

Now, while it may sound unbelievable to even say “Coca-Cola” and “lice” in the same sentence, the question has come up more than once, so we’ll break down the answer. Coke’s full ingredient list may not exactly be public knowledge because of how the recipe itself is kept far away from the eyes of its competitors. Nevertheless, there are a few key components that can be easily identified, namely:

  1. Caffeine
  2. Phosphoric acid
  3. Caramel coloring
  4. Citric acid
  5. High-fructose corn syrup

Given the sheer ineffectiveness of trying to remove lice with even the strongest OTC lice shampoo in your local drugstore, Coke is far from anyone’s mind when the topic of finding a cure is brought up. Sure, it sounds like a miracle cure that you wish was tried, tested, and made irrefutable by scientific research, but the reality is that Coca-Cola will never get lice off your head— and the same applies to every other soft drink in the market.

Why Coca-Cola Won’t Work

Generally speaking, any soft drink won’t work as lice are extremely difficult to remove and are impervious to any type of standard shampoo. Considering the fact that nits (or the egg of a head louse) have a strong bind to the scalp that is hard to break, Coca-Cola simply doesn’t have the right components for proper dissolving,

What Works in Removing Lice?

When it comes to lice removal, it’s important to remember that “household cures” with no proper scientific basis won’t perform as well as a tried-and-tested cure that has been developed with research and lab work. At Fresh Heads, our AirAllé® device is FDA-cleared for lice removal. It dehydrates and kills both lice eggs and adult lice in a single treatment.

At our head lice treatment center, you’ll have a team of trained experts to handle your pesky problem for you! If you’re in need of an effective cure, letting our professionals take on your case is guaranteed to work—simply because you’ll get an effective treatment!

Professional Lice Removal in Jacksonville and Orlando, FL, and Savannah, GA

No matter how sweet it may sound, remember that using Coca-Cola won’t work for lice-related problems to any level of effectiveness. This is why it is much better to go to professionals for help. For head lice removal service in Jacksonville and Orlando, FL, and Savannah, GA, book your appointment today.


Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

Our goal as Fresh Heads Lice Removal is to eradicate lice from schools across the country. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create a program called Schools Without Lice. This program gives teachers and nurses free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!