Does vodka kill head lice?


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Alcohols such as vodka combined with other ingredients are an effective, non-toxic alternative way to kill head lice, according to Sustainable Baby Steps. LiceWorld.com notes that head lice have gained tolerance toward some alcohols.

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Does vodka kill head lice?
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Sustainable Baby Steps advises that vodka can be mixed with tea tree oil as a treatment for head lice. It should be left in hair for at least 12 hours before washing with shampoo. This treatment can be reapplied frequently as a preventive measure, the site adds.

LiceWorld.com states that while head lice have built tolerance to some alcohols, those with a greater molecular size still show activity against the pests as of 2014. Some of these alcohols can irritate human skin.

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