Mayonnaise will not get rid of this little girl's head lice.

Why Mayonnaise Is Not an Effective Home Remedy for Head Lice

Because of the many home remedies on the Internet that promise to give an affordable way to deal with lice, most parents think that they no longer need to have professionals treat their children. However, you should always evaluate the feasibility and safety of any solution, regardless of how harmless or affordable it may seem.

Breaking Down the Mayonnaise Solution

Many ingredients have been purported to be cheap and reliable home remedy solutions to delousing, such as olive oil and Listerine [link to Does Listerine Kill Lice]. One infamous home remedy for lice is the mayonnaise solution.

Dealing with a lice outbreak is a two-part problem: dealing with live lice and eliminating dormant eggs. If you end up treating only one or the other, you’ll have to start over in treating it. Most home solutions attempt to solve the problem through suffocation. However, know that head lice can survive without air for over six hours, which quickly turns the ‘hassle-free’ treatment into a long agonizing ordeal.

Considering the Duration of the Treatment

The mayonnaise solution recommends that you put a bountiful amount of mayonnaise on your child’s head for up to six hours. Logistically, you’d be wasting at least a few cans of good mayonnaise, which is not only hard on the nose but also harmful to your child’s eyes. However even after 6 hours, the adult lice will still be alive and waiting there for you and your child.

Dealing with Lice Eggs

In addition to the fact that mayonnaise has no effect on adult lice, it also does absolutely nothing to remove the presence of lice eggs, which cling safely encased to the individual hair shafts. You would have to try to comb through greasy mayonnaise hair with a lice comb to individually comb out every lice egg.

Hidden Dangers of Mayonnaise

You still might think that subjecting your child to the foul stench of mayonnaise for 12+ hours is worth trying. However, leaving it on your child for an extended period can lead to burns and allergies. Other incidents have been reported of parents, in an attempt to contain the mess of mayonnaise on a moving child, having placed plastic wrap on their children’s heads. This is a definite danger.

In addition, when a child is exposed too frequently to an ingredient, they may develop allergies in the long term. With the different types of food that contain mayonnaise, you’d be making a challenging life to your child in being wary of what they eat. And to risk all of these complications for a treatment that won’t work is simply not worth it.

Lice Treatment in Jacksonville, Orlando, and Savannah

The mayonnaise treatment is a time-wasting and ineffective way to solve lice outbreaks. In the end, it’s best that you seek professional lice treatment services that give fast solutions rather than focusing on home-made remedies that have no effect in solving your problem.

If you’re looking to find professional head lice treatment in Jacksonville, FL, we are open to serve you. Contact us today to learn more about our 45-day retreatment policy, and we’ll make your children safe and lice-free!


Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

Our mission at Fresh Heads is to get rid of lice in schools across the country. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we’re able to provide teachers and nurses with free head lice screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

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