Check out these 9 savvy uses for Listerine besides mouthwash which might save you time and money by using one product for multiple tasks.
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 1800’s.
According to one of my fave resources~Reader’s Digest Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things, there are 9 uses for mouthwash that have nothing to do with bad breath! The book does not specify Listerine, but it is the brand that is most widely used and which is available in pure antiseptic form.
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.
So…..here are the 9 uses for mouthwash that you might give a try. I used some just this morning as face toner and loved the way it felt. The only downside was the smell, but a good rinse took that away.
If you try any or all of these, please leave comments at the end of the post so we can all hear what worked/didn’t work for you. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!
- 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.
- 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!
- Cure underarm odor. Regular deodorant only mask 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Disinfect a cut. For small cuts or wounds, you can use antiseptic mouthwash to disinfect your skin. Before it bacame a mouthwash, original Listerine was successfully used as an antiseptic to prevent surgical infections.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 on liquid crystal displays, as the alcohol can damage LCD’s.)