I’m not an alcoholic, I just have hair lice … probably

Elizabeth has hair lice. We had reports from school last week that it was going around so I inspected her hair last night before bed and found four of the little buggers. It was already fairly late and I wasn’t sure what to do but I didn’t fancy going to bed without doing anything so we all doused our hair with gin. I read reports on the web that other people had found this effective and we just happened to have a full bottle of Tanqueray Gin.

I doused my hair a second time about 20 minutes ago and thought I could let it sit for several hours while I’m working. This is one of the advantages of working from home. However the postman just came with a delivery and he gave me a very odd look. I probably stink and now he thinks I’m an alcoholic. I’m teetotal though! This is why we have a full bottle of gin: none of us drink it and it has been sitting there unopened for ages and ages. I’ll let you know whether it works on the lice.

13 responses to “I’m not an alcoholic, I just have hair lice … probably”

  1. Well now, I wouldn’t m,ind knowing if it works on lice – just imagine not having to worry about a Pharmacy with a stocked-up bar at home if it does 😀

  2. Ha, ha, ha!!! Love it!!!

    I know exactly what you mean about having unopened bottles of alcohol in the house. Keith gets at least half a dozen bottles of wine at the end of each year (why do parents think that teachers are heavy drinkers?) which we re-gift.

    On the lice front, I use a combination of blow-drying (kills both eggs & lice) on a regular basis & an electric comb (kills lice) to deal with them, but thank goodness we’ve only found the blighters a couple of times!

    • Oh an electric comb? I haven’t heard of that one. I knew about the hair dryer and I did Elizabeth’s hair this morning and will continue with that as well.

  3. The shampoo from the chemist is OK to use on kids, and you get a Nit comb to try comb out the dead eggs/lice.
    My Mum always used to rinse our hair in vinegar when we were kids – she said to make it shine, but I found out years later, it was to deter lice. So I’m guessing your Gin should work.

      • Well, it isn’t neat vinegar, rather just add some to the final rinse – so it doesn’t really smell. But I think this is more of a preventative.
        My kids also got lice occasionally – I have no idea where they appear from each year!

  4. Ha ha. This lice inspection is a common thing in our childhood, esp for women and girls and lice like boys’ hair too.

    Didn’t knew gin can be used to attack lice though. So thanks for that tip just in case I need for later.

    And Ad Block Plus is blocking the Like and other social media buttons on your blog. What a great find 🙂

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