How to get rid of lice naturally in one day?

The itching sensation with uncomfortable movement on our scalp is truly something detestable. The faster we can get rid of it, the better. Lice are the main reason why this happens in most cases. Unless one has a skin problem like eczema, or fungal infections like ringworm, etc to cause dry and itchy skin and scalp, lice can be one of the most reasonable causes.

These creatures crawl and run around our scalp and grip our hair just to suck blood. They cannot live without a human host as they live off of our blood. In certain cases, they can live a week or a little more at most even without a human host. Be it our daily things, accessories, beds, pillows, comb, or any non-living things, lice stay alive that many days waiting to infiltrate a human host.

Moreover, these tenacious things regenerate within a week after hatching. That’s why delaying the riddance only helps them get bigger in number. If you discover any lice on your head, get down for removing them as fast as possible.

There are chemical product treatments, OTC treatments, natural ways, home remedies, prescribed shampoos, etc to tackle the situation. But if you want to get rid of them naturally as soon as possible, there are a few ways to help you.

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Home remedies to kill lice in one day

Petroleum Jelly/ Mayonnaise

Smothering your hair to limit the air surrounding them is one of the common ways to kill lice. Choose any one of them and apply it to your hair. Don’t leave any spot behind from the scalp to the edge of your hair. Make a soft bun or use a clip and wear a shower cap. If you can keep it overnight, it’s better. If not, keep it on for at least 3 hours to make it succeed. The procedure is quite messy and will be a hassle when you shower. It will help with the lice riddance.

Essential oil

It is said to be a successful home remedy to use essential oil, especially tea tree oil, neem oil, ylang-ylang oil, etc. You can use it alone or mix it with smothering agents like coconut oil, petroleum jelly, or mayonnaise.


Combing especially wet combing is possibly the best and most non-messy way. Sectioning your hair before combing and using a normal comb to untangle your hair is the first method. Place a white sheet before you and start combing from a section. Lice combs are pretty common and can be found even in local marts. 

For the best result, wet your hair and apply a handful of conditioner. It will be like a smothering product making sure the lice stay in one place. And comb down your hair as we said before. The result is instant, unlike other procedures.

Mixture of Camphor and Coconut oil

Camphor is extracted from the camphor tree, especially from its wood and bark. It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-inflammatory properties that are FDA-approved. It is used in many skin products as well. That’s why it has a good result in getting rid of lice. Using a mixture of camphor and coconut oil will help. Coconut oil works as a smothering agent that restricts lice movement. On the other hand, camphor kills lice because of its anti-parasitic use. Camphor oil or powder, you can use either of them.

Frequently asked questions

  1. How to get rid of lice and nits from home?

    Lice and their eggs can live on non-living hosts for more than a week. So even if you have gotten rid of lice from your head, they can still be lurking in between your things. These parasites cannot tolerate high temperatures. Washing your stuff in the water at more than 100°C temperature or keeping them sealed for about a week will make them die on its own.

  2. How can I check myself for lice?

    Lice and nits stay in the places of the head where blood flows well and directly under the skin. These places are our crowns, places behind the ears, and the backs of the head. You can either use a mirror or comb to check if you are infested with lice or not. Sit closely before your mirror and part your hair in the middle and see yourself in the mirror. If you see some 2-3 mm sized insect crawling on your hair or nits on your crown, you are infested. Seeing by yourself is pretty hard as well as straining for both your neck and hands. Seek someone's help in this matter. Or you can get a lice comb and start combing your hair. If you see lice falling with every combing or stuck on the comb, then the answer is pretty obvious.

  3. Will shaving help kill lice?

    Shaving is the last and inevitable way to fully get rid of lice. When shaving, those parasites will fall off your hair alongside the hair. But it won't kill them. Getting rid of and killing both are polar opposites. Those parasites will still be crawling on those fallen hair.

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Being a healthcare instructor, Elthea's experience and prevision have made an important role that she shared with us and you as well.