The primary use of Listerine is to kill the germs in your mouth and freshen your breath. However, did you know that before being marketed for bad breath it was used as a surgical antiseptic for almost a century? It turns out you can use this mouthwash for many other things, similar to Vaseline and Vicks VapoRub.
Check out several useful ways to use Listerine that will save you time and money.
1. Foot Soak
Soak your feet in warm water with some Listerine for half an hour to get rid of toenail fungus. You can also add some white vinegar to treat more stubborn infections.
2. Cleans the Toilet
That’s right. You can even use Listerine to clean and deodorize your toilet. All you have to do is scrub the bowl with your toilet brush and some Listerine.
3. Relieves Itching Skin
Listerine is really helpful in relieving itching caused by poison ivy rash or insect bites. So, pour some Listerine on a cotton ball and apply it on the affected skin area.
4. Fights Underarm Odor
You can use this popular mouthwash instead of deodorant as it prevents underarm odor. Just soak a cotton ball in it and rub it over your armpit when you run out of deodorant.
5. Removes Dandruff
Apply some of this mouthwash to your scalp and massage it gently. Then, wrap your hair in a towel and let it act for a few minutes. Finally, wash your hair, and you’ll see drastic improvements.
6. Gets Rid of Fleas
Instead of buying expensive flea sprays for your dog, try using Listerine. Just dilute it with water or mix it with some of your pet’s shampoo and spray your dog. Your dog will soon get rid of the annoying fleas.
7. Cleans the Face
You can clean your face with a cotton ball and some Listerine. What’s more, the antiseptic properties of this mouthwash will help you get rid of acne.
8. Cleans Toothbrushes
Thanks to its ability to kill germs inside the mouth, Listerine can also help clean your toothbrush. So, fill a glass with this liquid and soak your toothbrush in it overnight. The next morning your toothbrush will be as clean as new.
9. Cleans Screens
Just spray some Listerine over your screen and wipe away the dirt, dust, and oil accumulated on the surface. Besides cleaning these gross things, it also cleans fingertips. What’s more, it smells nice and fresh, unlike many household cleaning supplies full of chemicals.
10. Prevents the Trash from Smelling
If you place a paper towel soaked in some Listerine at the bottom of the trash, you’ll prevent it from stinking. Isn’t this a hefty trick to keep your kitchen smelling nice and fresh?
11. Stops the Spreading of Lice
Instead of buying expensive products for removing lice, you can simply use some Listerine to stop them from spreading. Soak your hair in some of the mouthwash and let it stay for 2 hours. Cover it with a shower cap. Finally, wash your hair as usual.
12. Removes Ticks
Listerine can help solve the problem called ticks, which is especially common in the summer. Soak a folded paper towel in the mouthwash and put it on the tick. Let it stay for a few seconds, and the tick will soon fall off.
13. Speeds Up the Healing of Bruises
Soak a cotton ball in Listerine and dab it on your bruise. This will improve the blood flow in the area and speed up the healing process.
14. Gets Rid of Cracked Skin
Listerine contains the chemical Methyl salicylate which has exfoliating properties. So, it helps slough off the dry, outer skin layer, such as that on heels. All you have to do is soak your feet in a solution of two cups of water, and one cup of each, Listerine and vinegar.
Soak your feet for ten minutes before sloughing off the softened dead skin using a pumice stone, or a foot pile.
15. Kills Germs from Clothes
The next time you wash your clothes, add a cup of this mouthwash in your detergent to kill germs. In addition, this will also help clean your washing machine.
Do you know any other unconventional way to use Listerine?