Kill Lice with Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise can be used to kill head lice and remove pine pitch.


Mayonnaise can do more than dress up your sandwich. Use it to kill lice, or get sap off your hands.


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For years, I thought the only way to get pine pitch off my hands was with turpentine. Now, I am happy to know that mayonnaise does the trick!

An even better thing to know is that mayonnaise kills head lice. Saturate hair and scalp with mayonnaise (not low-fat) and leave in for two hours. Rinse and comb out the dead nits. This trick has been reported to really work by many teachers, parents, and students.

-Cynthia Wain
Eugene, Orego