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. 

Parents around the world are all asking me the same question….

Why Is It So Hard to Get Rid of Lice? 

Lice have become immune to everything that used to work in the past. Perhaps you remember your mom using a typical lice treatment 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.” They aren’t SUPER because they can fly, they’re called SUPER LICE, because they can’t be eliminated with treatments that used to work. 

That’s why lice experts like myself DO NOT use lice treatments. I’ve cured thousands of people of lice without lice treatments and instead of retreating a million times, they get rid of lice permanently in ONE DAY! You can learn more about the technique I use here.

Most people with lice are stuck in what I term the “never-ending lice cycle” that looks like this…

You discover lice, you spend hours treating, nit-picking, house cleaning etc.

You think it’s gone for a few weeks…

But, then it’s back again!

Sound familiar? This cycle will repeat over and over again until you change what you’re doing. Perhaps that’s why you’re researching using baking soda to kill 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?

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.

Before talking about whether or not Baking Soda kills lice, you should ask yourself a critical question...

Do you want to kill lice or GET RID OF LICE???

Because there’s a big difference! Killing lice today, does NOT get rid of lice. If you focus all of your energy on killing lice bugs, you will NEVER get rid of lice! 

Here’s why...

When you have lice you have 2 problems, lice bugs, and lice eggs. Often people focus all of their attention on lice bugs, but neglect the much bigger problem- LICE EGGS! Those eggs are full of little lice bugs, just waiting to hatch and start this whole lice cycle all over again! That’s why you keep getting lice back!

There’s no lice treatment or home remedy out there that kills lice eggs, except the technique I use.

It’s the only thing guaranteed to get rid of lice in ONE DAY, without any retreatments, because it kills all of the lice bugs and lice eggs. If you plan on using a home remedy and store-bought lice treatment you can get rid of lice, but you should plan on it taking about 3 weeks and multiple treatments.

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 anything...at 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.

How to Get Rid of Lice Fast! 

Many people struggle with lice for a very long time before finally getting rid of it, if you want to speed up the process then take some advice from others who have been in your situation. Here’s what Sarah did that finally helped her get rid of lice for good.

The How to Get Rid of Lice Like a Pro! Online Course promises 3 things:

  1. You’ll get rid of lice fast! (In ONE DAY)
  2. You’ll get rid of lice permanently (meaning it’s not going to come back a few weeks later)
  3. And, you’ll gain all of the knowledge and skills you need to prevent a lice infestation like this from happening ever again!

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.

3 Week Plan To Get Rid of Lice

Obviously this is not the regime I use, because I get rid of lice in one day, but it is possible to get rid of lice without my technique, but  prepare for it taking you a VERY LONG TIME. But, many people struggle with lice for weeks, months, or years, trying one lice treatment and home remedy after another and I don’t want that to be your story, so let me get you on the right track...

If you're going to get rid of lice using a home remedy, then plan on being extremely disciplined and focused on retreating, combing, and nit-picking for at least 3 weeks. 

Even the best home remedies and lice treatments do not kill all lice. They only kill the weakest lice, leaving the strongest lice live on, breed with one another, and create even stronger lice! (Gross I know). Also, although many lice eggs hatch in 1-2 weeks, different studies have shown that lice eggs can hatch anywhere between 4 days and 21 days, depending on the temperature and other factors. So, you'll need to keep retreating every 5 days to ensure that you kill lice bugs as they hatch, before they can start laying eggs of their own.

To give yourself the best chances of getting rid of lice you need to be obsessive for 3 weeks.

Here's what you'd do:

Today: Treat with a home remedy that kills some of the lice like the ones in this article (Baking Soda is NOT one of them!) Comb with a lice comb or nit-pick, and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible. Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

Day 5: Retreat with a home remedy or treatment that kills most lice and comb with a lice comb or nit-pick and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible. Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

Day 10: Retreat with a home remedy or treatment that kills most lice and comb with a lice comb or nit-pick and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible. Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

Day 15: Retreat with a home remedy or treatment that kills most lice and comb with a lice comb or nit-pick and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible. Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

Day 20: Retreat with a home remedy or treatment that kills most lice and comb with a lice comb or nit-pick and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible. Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

This is what my treatment plan looks like:

Today: Kill all lice and lice eggs

No retreatments.

Never get lice again for the rest of your life.

Learn how my treatment plan works in this article.

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.

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!

Best of luck on your lice journey! (1)

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