Using Salt to Get Rid of Lice

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Is salt a good way to treat head lice? Discover how saltwater or mixing salt with vinegar effects lice and lice eggs.

If you’re struggling to get rid of lice, you are not alone! There are millions of people around the world in the same boat as you are.

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.

You may have heard that salt can kill head lice. Is it true?

This article covers the following (feel free to click on any topic):

Does Salt Water Kill Lice?

Can Salt Prevent Lice Eggs from Hatching?

Salt and Vinegar Lice Treatment

How To Get Rid of Lice With Salt- Is it Possible?

Know Your ENEMY...Super Lice!

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Lice today are called “super lice” because they have genetic mutations that make them immune to most treatments and VERY difficult to kill.

Recent studies show that almost all lice today have the super lice mutation! And that over the counter treatments only “cure” a small percentage of people.

If you have lice, assume it is super lice. It doesn’t matter how many times you use over the counter treatments or how long you leave them on; you will not get rid of head lice.

Super lice are hard to get rid of for three reasons:

  1. Most lice treatments only kill the weakest lice, leaving the strongest lice to survive and breed. (The more times you use an ineffective lice treatment, the stronger the lice become).
  2. Lice treatments DO NOT kill most lice eggs or prevent them from hatching.
  3. The only way to kill super lice eggs is to remove them from the head, but the combs that come in lice kits don’t remove most eggs.

Before talking about whether or not Salt or Salt Water 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 Salt Water Kill Lice?

Quick Fact: When you submerge lice in saltwater, this is what you’ll see...

Within minutes of lice coming into contact with salt water, they will become immobile and look “dead.”

They’re not dead...the truth is that they’ve closed up their breathing holes and are going into a “survival state.”

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

This “survival state” actually benefits lice, enabling them to hold their breath for over 24 hours.
Most people will think they’re hurting lice with something like this, but lice are just playing dead.

After you remove them from the saltwater, they resurrect back to life.

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When lice resurrect, they are at full strength and capable of breeding just as they did before being immersed in saltwater.

A recent study did just this. It tested multiple salt solutions to see if more or less salt might make a difference in whether or not lice would die.

Researchers submerged lice in saltwater for 20 minutes, and 100% of the lice survived.

Does Leaving Salt Water on Longer Kill Lice?

Quick Fact: Lice submerged in saltwater solutions for 7 hours lived longer than other lice.

Using saltwater to try to kill head lice is not something new. This is a home remedy from way-back-when. 

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In 1919 researchers tested how well lice could be killed in saltwater if they soaked them for long periods. Would the salt dehydrate and kill lice?

No.

Lice submerged in saltwater for 7 hours still survived. Saltwater is no better at killing lice than tap water.

The study found no advantage to submerging lice in salt, even for long periods. In some cases, those covered in saltwater survived longer than those that not exposed to salt. 

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 MyLiceAdvice Video Series 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!

Does Salt Water Kill Lice Eggs?

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Quick Fact: Saltwater does not prevent lice eggs from hatching.

Some theorize that salt dehydrates lice eggs and prevent them from hatching. In this same study, researchers submerged nits in salt water for long periods to determine whether they would hatch.

Nits submerged in saltwater hatched just as much as those submerged in tap water.

The best way to get rid of lice eggs and nits is with the MyLiceAdvice Video Series.

Salt and Vinegar for Head Lice

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Quick Fact: Vinegar is one of the worst home remedies out there.

If you’ve read on the internet that mixing salt and vinegar is going to cure your head lice, you will be very disappointed.

In one study, scientists immersed lice in vinegar for a full 8 hours, and only 2% of head lice died. Even tap water kills more lice than vinegar in most studies.

Salt doesn’t kill head lice.

Vinegar doesn’t kill head lice.

So, a combination of salt and vinegar isn’t going to get you any closer to getting rid of head lice.

Vinegar and Lice Eggs

Quick fact: Vinegar applied to lice eggs can make them MORE likely to hatch.

Others on the internet claim that vinegar is a miracle for lice eggs when nothing could be further from the truth.

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One study saturated lice eggs in vinegar to see if it would decrease the chances of them hatching. 

It found that lice eggs are MORE likely to hatch when you put vinegar on them!

The results:

Lice Eggs in Vinegar: 94% hatched

Lice Eggs Normal: 87% hatched.

Does Vinegar Help Lice Eggs Come Off?

Quick Fact: Vinegar does not miraculously make lice eggs “slide off” the hair.

I wrote a whole article on using vinegar for lice. I did an intense experiment of vinegar and lice eggs, and I’ll tell you…. Vinegar is not going to make removing lice eggs from the hair any easier for you.

What you need is a good lice comb like the Nit Free Terminator.

Does Sea Water Kill Lice?

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Quick Fact: Lice survive in seawater.

What if all you had to do to get rid of lice was take a dip in the ocean? It’s a beautiful dream, but it is far from reality.

In a study, head lice submerged in “sea water” solutions for a prolonged period survived, not a single bug died.

Salt Lice Treatments

There are a few products on the market today claiming salt as their key ingredient. I have seen these products in “action” and I don’t recommend them. Many of the children I help with head lice have already done round after round of “salt products” and still have lice. 

Don’t get me wrong. I’d recommend a salt product over a pesticide treatment any day. Pesticide treatments don’t kill lice, whereas some people are successful with salt products. 

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If you are set on using a salt product, then look on the back of the box and find something that says “Natrum Muriaticum” in the “active ingredients.” This long, fancy name is just another way of saying salt.

I’m not convinced that the real “lice killing” ingredient in these lice treatments is salt, though. These products contain several other ingredients, including benzyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, isopropyl myristate, geraniol, and anise. Without these “other ingredients”, you’re not likely to have much luck with salt.

The two that I have seen some people have success with are LiceFreee Spray and Vamousse.

I have seen both of these products fail for hundreds of people. I’m not recommending them, but if you’re set on using salt to kill lice, you’ll have more luck using one of those than trying to do it yourself.

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 (Salt 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.

Summing It Up…

Using salt or saltwater on your head is not going to get you any closer to getting rid of head lice. Using something like salt combined with vinegar can make your head lice worse! 

If you plan to use a home remedy for lice then I DO NOT recommend you use Salt. 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.  My advice... put the salt shaker down and check out the MyLiceAdvice Video Series and get rid of it in ONE DAY. 

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