9 Savvy Uses for Listerine Besides Mouthwash

Check out these 9 savvy uses for Listerine besides mouthwash which might save you time and money by using one product for multiple tasks.

Listerine vinegar foot soak


My viral post on the Listerine Vinegar Foot Soak.

Years ago, I wrote this post~Listerine Vinegar Foot Soak for Soft, Smooth Feet: Expectations vs Reality~that went viral. Dr. Jo Herzog shared her advice in the post, particularly on the potential benefits of Listerine + vinegar if used in a foot soak. In the post, I also share some of the most effective products for getting and keeping soft feet. Since this post, I’ve studied different ways that Listerine can be used beyond a foot soak.

The story behind Listerine.

Before it was ever used for a mouthwash, Listerine was used as an antiseptic to prevent surgical infections. It was named after Joseph Lister, a pioneer of antiseptic surgery who used it in surgeries in the late 1800s. Since then, Listerine has become the most well-known mouthwash on the market today.

9 Ways to use Listerine besides mouthwash.

Note: Do not use any mouthwash with sugars or artificial sweeteners for any of the following uses. If using Listerine, you will need to use the original brown version.

  1. Soak your feet. Try this famous Listerine vinegar foot soak recipe to get feet soft and sandal ready. No need to buy expensive products when natural ingredients you have on hand will do the trick.
  2. Cleanse your face. Antiseptic mouth wash makes a wonderful astringent. Apply to a clean face with a cotton ball and rinse with warm water~followed by a splash of cold water. Your face will feel fresh and tingly and look clean and refreshed!
  3. Cure underarm odor. Regular deodorant only masks the underarm odor with a heavy perfume smell, but antiseptic mouthwash can eliminate the bacteria that causes the odor. Apply to armpits with a cotton ball, preferably to armpits that are not freshly shaven (it might sting).
  4. Get rid of dandruff. To treat a bad case of dandruff, wash your hair with regular shampoo, then rinse with an alcohol-based antiseptic mouthwash. Follow with your regular conditioner.
  5. Treat athlete’s foot. Antiseptic mouthwash might be all you need to treat mild athlete’s foot or toenail fungus. Use a cotton ball soaked in mouthwash to apply to the affected area several times a day. Athlete’s foot should respond after a few days; toenail fungus may take several months. If you don’t see a response by then, make an appointment with a dermatologist.
  6. Disinfect a cut. For small cuts or wounds, you can use Listerine to disinfect your skin. Before it became a mouthwash, original Listerine was successfully used as an antiseptic to prevent surgical infections.
  7. Add to wash cycle. Smelly socks and underwear are often laden with bacteria and fungi that may not all come out in a regular wash. Add a cup of antiseptic mouthwash to the wash cycle, and you just might solve the problem.
  8. Clean the toilet. If you run out of regular toilet bowl cleaner, try pouring 1/4 cup antiseptic mouthwash into the bowl. Let it sit for 1/2 hour, then swish with a toilet brush before flushing. The mouthwash will disinfect germs and leave the toilet bowl sparkling and clean.
  9. Clean computer monitor or TV screen. Antiseptic mouthwash will work as well as or better than glass cleaner. Apply with a damp, soft cloth, and buff dry. (Do NOT use this on liquid crystal displays, as the alcohol can damage LCDs.)

How to make Listerine Vinegar Sugar Scrub

If you want my recipe for DIY Listerine vinegar sugar scrub, you will find it in this blog post, along with tips on how to use it for maximum benefits. It is an inexpensive way to exfoliate AND reap the benefits of the thymol in Listerine.

listerine vinegar sugar foot scrub

How to use the Listerine Vinegar Foot Soak.

In the video below, I share Dr. Jo’s recommendation for the best way to get soft, smooth feet. You can use the Listerine + Vinegar soak, or you can soak with water alone, or you can bathe. Just make sure your feet soak for at least 20 minutes. The rest of Dr. Jo’s tips are in the short video below.

I hope this list gives you some helpful ways to use Listerine! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you a joyful, blessed, and savvy day!!!

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  1. I recently bit my tongue while eating & sure enough, a canker sore appeared. Sore & annoying, I remembered how my grandmother & parents always had brown Listerine on hand for any & all mouth issues. I quickly found my own bottle for rinsing. Not nice tasting, brings tears to my eyes but it works like nothing else & reminds me of Gran!!! Never w/o again!

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