Coke for Lice:
Coca-Cola Kills Lice?

Discover if Coca-Cola is an effective lice treatment with this experiment.


I've tried everything I can think of to get rid of lice, but it's back again!!! I've heard that Coke can kill lice, is it true?

A person holding a jar of coca cola presumably to be used for a lice treatment

Answer from a lice expert:

If you have tried other treatments that have failed, you are not alone, and it’s not your fault. The latest stats say that most parents that use over-the-counter kits still have lice even after multiple treatments! 


After no success with lice kits, some turn to home remedies. Coca-Cola is one that I see a lot of people turn to in desperation, but before going down the Coke route there are a few things you should know. 


So, let's talk about exactly what Coca-Cola can do and cannot do when it comes to helping with head lice in this article. 

Let me introduce myself...

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Hi there! I'm Theresa, I'm a lice expert, lice coach, and Registered Nurse. I help people with lice every day! You can get rid of lice in ONE DAY at home by using the same proven professional technique that I use in my lice center.

Just follow the step-by-step videos and be done with lice by the end of the day.

Coca-Cola for Head Lice

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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….

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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. 

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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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Is Coca-Cola A Good Lice Treatment?

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There are loads of random people claiming different home remedies "cure" lice circulating the internet. 

The purpose of My Lice Advice is to give you the undiluted facts about home remedies and other lice treatmentsso that you can make good decisions and get rid of lice as fast as possible. 

This article focuses on the facts about Coca-Cola and head lice.

Coca Cola for Lice: The Experiments

Because being a “lice expert” is my full-time job, I’ve tested just about every home remedy out there. After reading a few claiming “miracle cures” involving Coca Cola, I decided to test Coke on head lice.

Because I help people with lice every day, testing home remedies is easy for me to do.

I collected several live lice and hairs from a severely infested client of mine and placed them in a jar.

Then I poured Coca Cola directly into the jar of lice, waited 30 minutes, and then rinsed.

three lice bugs being dropped into a jar with tweezers for an experiment
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coca cola being poured into a clear mason jar for a lice experiment

The results…

To be honest, I’ve never seen anything like this in terms of home remedies. For almost every home remedy experiment, I see the same thing…

When I submerge lice in a liquid or toxin, they become immobile (not dead). 

Lice submerged for long periods go into a “hibernation- state” to conserve energy. One study terms this as “playing dead.” 

Lice can remain in this hibernation state for a very long time, typically it’s at least 15 minutes, but it can take hours.

Lice “resurrect” back to life after being rinsed. 

Lice are soon at full strength and capable of breeding just as they did before the treatment, usually within an hour.

I assumed this would be the case with Coca Cola, but I was surprised.

Does Coca-Cola Kill Lice?


Coca-Cola is NOT effective at killing lice.

A lice quickly crawling through a woman's blond hair.

Coke is the WORST home remedy I have ever tested!

Lice that I submerged in Coca-Cola came back to life and were hyperactive within seconds of being rinsed! I’ve never seen anything that seemed to make lice “more active” after being saturated. Whoa!

All lice submerged in Coca-Cola remained alive and active until I finally threw them away 24 hours later.

Which kills lice?

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Coca-Cola = No!

Step-by-Step Video System = Yes!

Coke does NOT kill lice bugs. Whereas, doing a professional lice treatment using the Step-by-Step Video System kills 100% of lice bugs in one session without toxic chemicals, pesticides, or lice kits.

Does Coke Kill Lice Eggs?

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Lice eggs and nits are the same thing.

To start off let's get something straight... Nits and lice eggs are the same thing! Don't make this more complicated then it needs to be. The two words (nits and lice eggs) will be used interchangeably in this article.

Nits have a strong impenetrable shell on them. This shell protects them from any chemicals or toxins. So, Coke has zero effect on lice eggs. It does not kill them or prevent them from hatching.

Coca-Cola has no chance of penetrating the strong waxy shell on lice eggs.

Coca-Cola & The Never-Ending Cycle

Most people that use lice kits and home remedies get caught in the horrible "Never-Ending Cycle of Lice"

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First- You Have Lice

lice eggs, baby lice, and adult lice with arrows labeling them

When you first discover lice you have adult lice bugs, baby lice bugs, and lice eggs (also known as nits)

You Think You've Gotten Rid of It.

lice eggs (nits) and baby lice bugs

After using an over-the-counter treatment or a home remedy, people think they've taken care of the problem because they aren't finding lice bugs for a while.

But what they don't realize is they've missed the lice eggs and the baby bug. Lice kits and home remedies don't kill eggs, and each of those little lice eggs has a bug inside just waiting to hatch and re-infest your child again.

Then- Those Eggs HATCH!

baby lice bugs

Just like lice eggs are tiny, when lice first hatch they are teeny-tiny. In fact, they are almost invisible to the naked eye! So, it typically takes a few weeks for them to grow big enough for you to see them.

And before you know it you are infested with more baby bugs then you may have started with!

And Lice Is Back Again!

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How to Avoid the Never-Ending Cycle

If you want to avoid this never-ending cycle and get rid of lice fast then check out my Step-by-Step Video System. Follow along with the videos and you can be completely done with lice in ONE DAY, no retreatments necessary.

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How to be lice-free by the end of the day...



Get rid of lice the same way the experts do. Your personal lice coach walks you through each step of doing a professional lice treatment at home in a series of videos.



Follow along with the videos on your child in your home. No lice kits or toxic chemicals involved!



When you're done with the videos, you're done with lice. And it's gone permanently!

If you choose to go with Coca-Cola...

discouraged mother dealing with head lice

Lice is horrible, and no one should have to endure it for months on end. And I hope you don't.

Many people go from lice kit to lice kit and then from home remedy to home remedy. They think it's gone for a week or two, and then it comes back again.

I created the My Lice Advice Video System so you can avoid struggling with lice for months, instead, just follow along with the videos and be done with lice by the end of the day!

Summing it Up…

Coca-Cola is probably one of the worst home remedies out there. After being completely submerged in Coke, lice were extremely active after being rinsed.

If you want to get rid of lice quickly then follow along with my Step-by-Step Video System and get rid of lice by the end of the day!

I'll see you there!


lice expert

Theresa is a Registered Nurse and lice expert with years of experience curing children of lice. She owns a lice treatment center in the US which is where she perfected the Step-by-Step Video System proven to get rid of lice. She also works with government agencies and schools helping those with the worst head lice cases in America.

Her greatest passion is empowering parents by teaching parents online how to do a professional lice treatment on their child at home. She is the Lice Coach for the My Lice Advice Step-by-Step Video System.

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