We’ve all used mouthwash at one point or another – but we usually use it for exactly that, washing our mouthes. However, mouthwash is a solution that can used for so many more things than just rinsing our mouthes and giving us good breath.
Listerine mouthwash is a great go-to option if you need fresh breath, but this popular product can do so much more. Its antibacterial properties are ideal for many DIY remedies, and its strong smell is useful too. Here are 50 awesome uses for Listerine (and mouthwash in general) that you will wish you knew sooner.
After reading this article, you’re going to want to keep mouthwash at home for so many more things than just rinsing your mouth.
Flea sprays can be expensive, but this cheap alternative works great. Mix Listerine with water or doggie shampoo, then give your dog a bath just like usual. Make sure your dog doesn’t have sensitive skin or open wounds.
Bee and wasp stings really hurt! Use Listerine to relieve the pain. It will numb the affected area while you work to get the stinger out.
Listerine has powerful antiseptic properties, so it is a great product to use for fighting acne.
Listerine’s antibacterial properties make it great for cleaning cuts and scrapes. Simply pour it over the affected area, then rinse it out with water.
Believe it or not, Listerine can clear up an itch fast. Whether you suffer from allergies or poison ivy, dab some on a cotton ball and apply it to the affected area.
If you bruise easily, this tip is for you. Dab some Listerine onto a cotton ball and gently press it into the bruised area. This should increase blood flow, causing the bruise to heal faster than it would have.
Just a little spray of this product will clean your screen flawlessly. You can clean your laptop, your TV, or any other screen in your life.
Add a cup of Listerine to a load of laundry (along with your regular detergent). The mouthwash will kill any germs on your clothing, and it will even clean your washing machine.
If your trash smells intolerable, soak some Listerine into a paper towel and throw it away. The smell will overpower that yucky trash smell.
Listerine makes a great last-minute bathroom cleaner. Wipe down your mirrors, sinks, and countertops with a blend of Listerine and water.
Kill that nasty fungus by soaking your feet in a bath of Listerine. Mix a little with warm water, and soak for 20 minutes. Your fungus should clear up in no time.
If you’re out of aftershave, try Listerine. It will leave you feeling fresh and smelling clean.
This substance sanitizes and deodorizes your toilet. Pour a little in, brush it around the bowl, and flush.
New body piercings are more likely than older ones to become infected, especially around the belly button. Dab some Listerine around the pierced area to help prevent it from becoming infected.
If you trust it to clean your mouth, you should trust it to clean your toothbrush. We may not think about it, but toothbrushes need to be cleaned regularly too.
Say goodbye to dandruff. Massage the mouthwash into your scalp, then rinse it out with your usual shampoo.
If you ran out of deodorant, don’t worry. You’re not out of luck just yet. Rub a little Listerine on your armpit to stop the smell.
If you have a sore throat, try gargling with Listerine. It should help to heal it quickly. If the problem persists, contact your doctor.
If your tooth hurts, dab Listerine on the affected area. The active ingredients will help to numb it while you figure out the cause of the problem.
Listerine can help to kill acne-causing bacteria. Soak a cotton ball in the mouthwash and dab it onto the skin. You should notice a difference within a couple of days.
You might usually rinse your mouth with Listerine after you brush your teeth, but you can also use it in the middle of the day to freshen up. Your breath will smell fantastic.
Use mouthwash to get rid of the mildew and fungus that can grow around the soil of your plants. Mix together 1 part Listerine and 3 parts water and pour the solution into a spray bottle. Spray the topsoil of your plants once a week.
No one wants to be stuck with a tick. If you find one, simply place a paper towel that has been soaked in Listerine on the surface of the skin. It should let go after just a few seconds.
You can use Listerine to prevent mold and mildew from growing in your humidifier. Simply use the mouthwash as a cleanser and rinse it out with water.
If you have metallic wall decor, you can shine it up with Listerine. Dilute the mouthwash with water, and use it to polish up your decorations.
Sometimes food sticks in our garbage disposals and rots. Get rid of the bad smell and break up the old food by pouring 1/2 cup of Listerine down your garbage disposal.
A blister is no fun, but an infected one is a lot worse. Dab Listerine onto the surface to prevent the blister from becoming infected.
Listerine can help to prevent lice from spreading. Soak your hair in the mouthwash then cover it with a shower cap for about 2 hours. Afterward, wash and rinse your hair like you usually do.
Pour a little Listerine into a travel-sized bottle and keep a soft cloth handy. Now you can wipe off your phone wherever you are.
Pour some Listerine onto a cotton ball then dab it on your skin. It should soothe the itching quickly.
This product is perfect for cleaning glass. Pour a little Listerine onto a soft cloth and wipe it onto your windows. They will look shiny and clear.
Get rid of mold the second you spot it. Soak a cloth or sponge in Listerine and scrub away at the area.
Sometimes when we work with strong smells, like a fresh cut onion, we just can’t get the smell of our hands with soap and water. Wash your hands with Listerine to eliminate the odor.
Foot odor can be caused by bacteria. Add a few drops of Listerine to a tub of warm water an soak your feet for about 30 minutes. This should kill the bad bacteria on your feet.
Clean your cast iron pots and pans with a product that won’t strip away the coating. Mix a bit of sea salt with a few drops of Listerine, then rub it into your cookware. When it is all scrubbed, rinse with water.
Bacteria can grow in the folds of our skin, like in our armpits. To kill of this bacteria, soak a cotton ball in Listerine and dab it onto the skin.
You can extend the life of your vase-held flowers by adding Listerine to the water. Add at a ratio of 2 tablespoons of mouthwash per gallon of water.
This powerful mouthwash makes an excellent floor cleaner. Add a cup of Listerine to a bucket of water and start scrubbing. Your floors will look amazing.
Listerine works great at getting rid of bugs and flies, and its smell prevents them from coming back. Pour some of the mouthwash into a spray bottle and spray it into the air. Your home will smell super fresh.