09/29/2015 02:59 EDT | Updated 09/29/2015 02:59 EDT

Natural Lice Treatment: Get Rid Of The Creepy-Crawlers Without Chemicals


The leaves are turning, the air is crisp and the kids have settled into their school routines. The return of fall is wonderful, isn't it? Except for one thing. Head lice.

It's the scourge of schools and daycares across the country, and the chronic problem no one really wants to talk about. First of all, let's get something straight. Getting (or not getting) lice has nothing to do with how clean or how dirty your child's hair is. It happens to everyone. (Lice are indiscriminate that way.)

So what's the solution? Sure, commercial lice shampoos and sprays will exterminate them. But not all parents want to use chemicals. If you want to go a more natural route, you can handle lice with common household ingredients.

Read on for our natural nit- and lice-removal suggestions. (Just note: if your child is experiencing severe irritation or what you're doing isn't working, see your doctor.)

Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Lice