Using Baking Soda for Lice

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If you’ve discovered head lice on your child, then I’m sure you want to get rid of it as quickly as possible.

Many parents’ first instinct is to run and get a popular lice treatment off the shelf, but they quickly discover that those treatments have brought them no closer to getting rid of head lice. Those treatments don’t work.

Perhaps you’ve already discovered this for yourself, or you’re just looking for a safe and natural way to treat head lice. 

You’ve heard that baking soda can help with head lice, is it true?

In this article I’ll answer the following questions (feel free to click on any link to go directly to that topic):

Does Baking Soda Kill Lice?

Does Baking Soda Suffocate Lice Eggs?

Does Baking Soda Help with Lice?

Let me introduce myself...

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Hi there! I'm a lice expert, lice coach, Registered Nurse, and the creator of My Lice Advice. I help people with lice every day in my lice treatment center, in school districts, and in government work. But the thing I love the most is empowering parents to get rid of head lice in ONE DAY at home! 

You can eliminate lice in one day using the same proven professional technique I use in my lice center on your child. Follow along with the Step-by-Step Video System, and when you're done with the videos you're done with lice. PERMANENTLY!

Why Is It So Hard to Get Rid of Lice?

Now that you know what you're looking for I want to talk briefly about your biggest worry (that your child actually has lice) and the question I get asked by parents around the world that have been battling lice….

problem #1

Lice bugs are immune!

Parents around the world are all asking me the same question…. "Why is it so much harder to get rid of lice now?"

Lice have become immune to everything that used to work in the past. Perhaps you remember your mom using a typical lice treatment or mayonnaise and that doing the trick. The new strain of head lice is no longer killed by those treatments, that’s why lice today are termed by people, “super lice,” because they are immune to those treatments. 

I’ve cured thousands of people of lice in my lice center and let me tell you, I don't do it with over-the-counter lice treatments. 

problem #2

Lice eggs hatch!

Most people struggle with lice because they focus all of their attention on killing lice bugs and not enough attention on GETTING RID OF LICE!

If you want to get rid of lice you have to address all 3 of the problems of lice:

  1. Lice Bugs
  2. Lice Eggs
  3. Getting Lice Back

The best way to get rid of lice is to tackle all 3 of these problems at the same time, which is what I teach in my step-by-step video system.

So, if you discover your child HAS lice, don't panic. Just head over to the video system. Follow along with the videos and you'll be done with lice by the end of the day.

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First, meet your enemy...Super Lice!

A super lice bug at high magnification.

If you have head lice, it is super lice. Studies show that about 99% of lice in the United States today are super lice, and other countries around the world have similar results.

Today’s super lice are different than the lice of 20 years ago. They get their name, “super lice,” because they have genetic mutations that make them immune to lice treatments, and they are VERY difficult to kill.

The super lice today look the same as they did 20 years ago. They still are tiny, wingless insects that range from nearly invisible as babies to the size of sesame seeds when fully grown. They still feed on human blood and lay eggs in human hair that hatch about 7-10 days later.

Graph showing the rise of super lice acoss the United States

But lice today have two essential qualities that make them “super lice”:

  1. Lice today are immune to pesticide lice treatments that worked in the past.
  2. Lice eggs today are immune to treatments and toxins, so pesticide lice treatments and home remedies can’t kill them or prevent them from hatching!

And, each time you use a lousy treatment, the lice and lice eggs on your head get stronger and become even more immune to treatments. It doesn’t matter how many times you use these lice treatments or how long you leave them on; you will not get rid of head lice, it’ll only get worse.

Studies show that almost all lice today are resistant to treatments that worked in the past! And that even the most potent pesticide treatments only “cure” a small percentage of fortunate people.

Does Baking Soda Kill Lice?

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Now that you know that over the counter treatments don’t work, the big question is ...what does work?!

There are treatments and home remedies that kill lice, but baking soda is not one of them. Those claiming that baking soda makes it so lice and eggs can’t breath have no idea what they are talking about.

First off, baking soda doesn’t even affect lice’s ability to breathe. Second, lice have no problems holding their breath for very long periods.

The latest study shows that most head lice can hold their breath for more than 24 hours! Putting baking soda in your hair for a few hours isn’t going to do least not to the lice.

Your child might inhale baking soda themselves, which will cause some respiratory issues for your child, but there is no chance that it will hurt lice.

Can Baking Soda Kill Lice Eggs?

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If you’re new to head lice: Lice eggs and nits are the same things. I use the words interchangeably.

Nits have a strong impenetrable shell on them. This shell protects them from any chemicals or toxins, including chemicals like Lysol, ammonia, and bleach. Do you think that baking soda is going to harm them?

Baking soda has zero effect on lice eggs. It does not suffocate them, kill them, or prevent them from hatching.

What's the FASTEST Way To Get Rid of Lice?

The purpose of My Lice Advice is to help parents get rid of lice as fast as possible. And the fastest way to get rid of lice is to get rid of lice in one day, no re-treatments. This is how lice professionals like myself get rid of lice in lice centers. Most people assume that lice professionals use some kind of crazy strong lice product or something. But the truth is that's not how lice professionals get rid of lice so fast....

When I treat lice in my lice center I don't use any toxic chemicals or special treatments. In fact, you can do a professional lice treatment at home without buying any lice products. I teach parents how to do this professional technique on their children at home, on my page Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro!

In Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro! you learn how to get rid of lice in less than a day by doing what the pro's do. And it's gone permanently- there are no re-treatments, and no messing around with lice kits. You do the professional  technique on your child at home, you kill all of the lice and the lice eggs in one session and then you're done with lice. 

That's the FASTEST and MOST EFFECTIVE way to get rid of lice. You can learn how to do it by clicking here.

Don’t Use Vinegar or Baking Soda and Vinegar for Lice

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If you’re looking to get lice eggs out of your hair, don’t use vinegar, baking soda, and vinegar, or lemon juice to try to “loosen” them. It doesn’t work, and it can make head lice worse! I’ve tested soaking lice eggs in vinegar for 12 hours, and the nits were no easier to remove than before. 

Studies indicate that lice eggs immersed in vinegar are MORE likely to hatch than your average lice eggs, which means MORE lice, not less. 

Does Baking Soda Help With Lice?

No, baking soda does not help kill lice, suffocate lice, remove lice, kill lice eggs, remove lice eggs, etc.

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Does applying baking soda make lice and eggs easier to see?

No, putting baking soda on your head will make lice and eggs impossible to see. When you put baking soda on your head, you’ve made an already difficult task of seeing lice and eggs impossible.

What about mixing baking soda with a conditioner to help with combing?

The two main claims here are that baking soda can make your comb grip the hair better. That’s not true. 

Mixing baking soda into conditioner makes things clumpy and more difficult, whereas lice combing with an oil or conditioner makes combing smoother.

Better Home Remedies Than Baking Soda

If you are looking for an all-natural way to get rid of lice then the very best and FASTEST way to do that is by learning how to do a professional lice treatment on your child at home. You don't need to buy any lice kits or lice products, and you can be done with lice in less than a day. That's what I teach on my page Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro!

If you're set on doing it on your own and you want to hunt around for a home remedy then you can find a list of much better home remedies in my article 37 Home Remedies for Lice. In that article I evaluate every home remedy for lice and let you know how many lice and lice eggs they kill.

You should know that even the best home remedies only kill 80% of lice bugs and no home remedies kill lice eggs. If you decide to go that route then plan on retreating and nit-picking for about 3 weeks.

You can find the Home Remedies article here.

Summing it Up…

Using baking soda on head lice is entirely useless and a waste of your time. Baking soda does not harm lice or lice eggs in any way. Baking soda can not suffocate head lice; most head lice can hold their breath longer than 24 hours.  

If you plan to use a home remedy for lice then I DO NOT recommend you use Baking Soda. Instead I’d recommend you use a more effective home remedy like the ones I cover in this article. But, understand that there is no home remedy or treatment out there that kills all lice bugs or lice eggs, so it’s going to take you several weeks to get rid of lice using a method like that.  If you want to get rid of lice quickly, you should check out the How to Get Rid of Lice Like a Pro! Online Course and get rid of it in ONE DAY.

Leave the baking soda for the cookies you make after you get rid of lice!

All the best,

Theresa, My Lice Advice


Theresa is a lice expert with years of experience curing children of lice. She currently works with government agencies and non-profit organizations to help children with the most severe head lice infestations in the US.

Originally trained as a Registered Nurse, she changed specialties to study lice. Later, she opened a lice treatment center where she perfected the PRO technique she teaches in the Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro online course. She now works helping those struggling with lice around the world.

She is the creator of, one of the top lice informational websites in the world and she teaches parents around the world how to get rid of lice in less than a day in the Get Rid of Lice Like a Pro online course.

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