Amazing Uses For Listerine…You Know, Besides Curing Bad Breath
Did you remember to brush your teeth? We get it. Sometimes you get home late at night and you’re too tired to be bothered to. You tell yourself that it’s okay because you can just brush it first thing in the morning when you wake up. But what happens then? You oversleep and have to run out the door. So you pull on your clothes and stumble out, hoping that no one will notice how utterly, truly repulsive that your breath is.
We’re not judging you. We’ve all been in this scenario. Luckily, there is a magical invention for just these types of situations. It’s called mouth wash. When you’re in a hurry, feeling lazy or just want to give your breath that extra kick of super duper fresh, mouth wash is there for you. And out of all the mouth wash brands out there, Listerine is one of the oldest and most well-known. But here’s something that isn’t so well-known: Listerine can be used for a ton of other purposes other than saving your breath.
Wait, what? Are we actually trying to tell you that the stuff invented to wash out your mouth can be used for things other than washing out your mouth?
That’s exactly what we’re saying. Also, fun fact: Listerine wasn’t even invented to wash out our mouth.
Listerine was actually developed in 1878 as a surgical antiseptic. It was only marketed to fight bad breath in the 1970s. It has been used for countless other purposes. Here are just a few of them…
Clean Your Toothbrush With It
We all know from the ads and from the packaging that Listerine makes your breath fresh by killing germs.
That’s why it burns while you swish it around. Those germs won’t go quietly. It’s that germ fighting quality that comes in handy other places.
Since Listerine is good to battle germs inside your mouth, it’s also good to remove them from your toothbrush as well. Just fill a glass with some Listerine and let your toothbrush soak. By morning it will be cleaner than ever!
Use It On Your Face
Okay, so we know that Listerine works wonders on killing the germs inside of your mouth.
But what about on the outside of it? Yup, Listerine is great at cleaning your face as well. Add it to your skincare routine for some great results.
Just pour some on a cotton ball and use it on your face. Remember how we mentioned it was originally used as an antiseptic? Because it has those qualities you can effectively battle acne with it.
Great For Your Pup, Too!
No, we don’t mean that it can cure your dog’s bad barking breath. Well, it could… but you don’t want to risk them accidentally drinking it.
If your puppy has fleas, Listerine is all you need. Expensive flea sprays and pet products aren’t needed, and this is a much more natural approach.
Simply mix some Listerine with your canine’s shampoo or dilute it with water in a spray bottle to take advantage of its positive benefits. Then hit them with it and kiss those fleas goodbye (they’ll be extra minty, after all).
Remove A Tick
If you don’t live in an area with ticks, consider yourself lucky. If you do, you know how awful they can be.
Ticks can be especially bad in the summer, but you know what can help? You guessed it! Listerine can help.
If you spot a tick on you, here’s what you do: fold up a paper towel and soak it in Listerine. Place it on top of the tick for a few seconds and it will soon let go!
Prevent The Spread Of Lice
Ticks aren’t the only insects that Listerine can help rid you of. Another are those annoying pests that infest hair: lice.
Products to prevent the spread of lice can get really expensive, but this simple home remedy will save you time and money.
Plus, you already have what you need for it! Just soak your hair in Listerine and then cover it with a shower cap. Let it soak in for two hours and then wash and rinse your hair like normal. Boom! No more lice.
Lice aren’t the only things that are on your scalp that cause you itchiness and frustration.
Dandruff is a huge pain and embarrassing. You don’t need fancy shampoo, you just need Listerine. We know most people wouldn’t think about applying mouthwash to their scalp.
But it can actually help get rid of those pesky flakes. Massage some Listerine onto your scalp and wrap your hair in a towel. After letting it sit for a few minutes, wash it away and dandruff away!
Does all of this talk of lice, ticks and dandruff make you feel pretty itchy all over?
Listerine can actually help with that as well! If you have an itch that you can’t seem to get rid of, this magic mouth wash is what you need.
Whether it be insect bites or a poison ivy rash, just dab some Listerine on a cotton ball and apply it to the affected area. You’ll feel the itch disappear in no time at all.
Soak Your Feet In It
If you have had some stubborn toenail fungus that you are itching to get rid of, we have the solution.
By the way, we used the word “itching” on purpose, because we know how to get rid of those now: with Listerine!
Make yourself a Listerine foot bath for incredible results. Simply mix some Listerine with warm water and soak your feet for 30 minutes. For more stubborn infections, you can add some white vinegar to the mix as well.
Heal Bruises Faster
Itches and flakes and insects aren’t the only skin-related issues that Listerine can miraculously solve for you.
Do you bruise super easily? Do you look like an overripe peach anytime something bumps into you? Help your bruises heal a lot faster with the help of Listerine.
Dab a Listerine-soaked cotton ball onto the bruised area. It will help the blood to flow and help the bruise heal faster. Yup… you can give yourself a near Wolverine-like healing factor and smell fresh while doing it.
Rub It Under Your Arms
We keep mentioning that Listerine smells nice while solving your skin issues. Use that great odor to your advantage for other problems.
For example, did you run out of deodorant and forget to buy a new stick? That’s pretty gross, but it happens to the best of us.
Luckily, Listerine is actually very good at fighting underarm odor as well as stenches in your mouth. Pour a bit on a cotton ball and rub it all over your armpit when you need to.
Pour It Down The Toilet
If you’ve heard the expression “flushing money down the toilet,” this seems to be a textbook example of that.
But that isn’t the case at all. In fact, it will actually save you money. Why? Because Listerine is good for cleaning and deodorizing your toilet.
Just pour a little on your toilet brush and scrub the entire bowl. It will leave it clean and with a great smell, too. And best of all, you didn’t have to buy separate products for it.
Toss It In Your Trash
What else can you use the fresh, minty odor of Listerine to help around your house?
Well, what stinks more than your trash? It’s not like you can do anything about it… or can you? Of course you can. That’s what we’re here to tell you.
Soak a paper towel in Listerine and put it at the bottom of the bag. It will counteract the more egregious stenches and prevent your kitchen or bathroom from smelling like an absolute dumpster.
Eliminate Germs And Odors In Garbage Disposals
Here’s another place in your house that might develop some funky, nasty smells over time.
Garbage disposals are kind of a combination of garbage cans and toilets, and as a result, they can be full of germs and odors.
But we’ve already seen that toilets and trashcans can be helped with Listerine, and this is no different. Just pour some down the drain. If you want, you can run the disposal as you do. It will make it more effective, and even sound like it’s gargling it. Awww… it thinks it’s people!
Use It As A Screen Cleaner
Chances are pretty good that a lot of you are reading this on your phone. Let us ask… how gross is your screen?
It’s likely grosser than you think and are comfortable with. What do you need to clean it? Say it with us now: Listerine.
Spray some of the mouthwash over your screen or put some on a cloth and wipe away all the dust, dirt and oils that have built up on the surface. Not only will it get rid of all the gross things, but it will also wipe away fingerprints.