How to Use Baby Oil to Get Rid of Head Lice

Baby oil can be used to remove head lice.
Baby oil can be used to remove head lice. (Image: combing hair image by Mat Hayward from

Head lice is commonly found in school-aged children who are more prone to sharing items that can lead to the spread of lice. Chemical remedies are available to get rid of the lice. However, excessive exposure to these chemicals can be harmful to children and sometimes the chemicals are not effective. When conventional treatments are ineffective, you can use alternative treatment options instead. Baby oil can be used to help get rid of lice.

Things You'll Need

  • Baby oil
  • Dish soap
  • Tea tree oil
  • Shampoo
  • Petroleum jelly

Baby Oil Alone

Rub the baby oil generously into dry hair. Use enough baby oil to coat all of the hair thoroughly. Leave it in the hair for no longer than an hour.

Rinse the hair with water.

Shampoo the hair using the dish soap to remove the oil from the hair.

Place four drops of tea tree oil into an application of regular shampoo. Wash your hair normally with the shampoo. Use the tea tree oil in your shampoo to prevent reinfestation.

Baby Oil and Petroleum Jelly

Coat dry hair and scalp with petroleum jelly, about 2 oz., to smother the lice and eggs.

Cover hair with a shower cap and allow to sit for two hours.

Remove shower cap.

Rub baby oil into the hair and scalp thoroughly.

Squeeze the hair to remove as much of the baby oil as possible.

Wash the hair with dish soap to remove as much of the oil and grease as possible. Use hot water and allow dish soap to sit for a few minutes before rinsing.

Repeat up to three times if necessary.

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