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Unusual Uses for Listerine

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Listerine is used for more than freshening breath.

Listerine is used for more than freshening breath.

About Listerine

Even though Listerine is the most popular mouthwash, know that any antiseptic mouthwash will work in all of the following cases. It is interesting that people refer to mouthwash as Listerine even though there are several other brands. It is like people refer to all tissues as Kleenex and all copiers as Xerox.

Mouthwash or mouth rinse such as Listerine is a product used mainly to promote oral hygiene, including the prevention of cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Mouthwash is used by almost every person to enhance oral hygiene; however, this article is about other uses for Listerine.

Everybody knows mouthwash is for killing germs in your mouth, but there are more uses for mouthwash whether you are using Listerine or some other brand. The same antiseptic that kills germs in your mouth has active ingredients that can kill germs in other places.

You might have heard of some of the uses for Listerine, but you might not have heard of all of the unusual uses.

There are different flavors of Listerine.

There are different flavors of Listerine.

In the Bathroom

Clean Toothbrush
After brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth with mouthwash, why not wash your toothbrush off with the same stuff so that the bacteria you just brush out of your mouth will not linger on your toothbrush? Now be honest, you didn't know that, did you?

Get Rid Mold and Mildew
Don't throw away your old toothbrush. Instead, dip the old toothbrush in mouthwash to clean the mold in your bathroom.

Deodorize Toilet
Clean your toilet by pouring a half cup down the toilet and swish it around not with your toothbrush but with a toilet brush. Not only will it clean your toilet, but it will also give it a great shine and make your toilet smell good.

Clean Bathroom Mirror
Put a little mouthwash on a clean cloth and wipe your mirrors, cabinet fixtures, sink handles, and toilet flush lever. Also, clean up water stains with that same cloth.

In the Laundry Room

Keep a bottle of mouthwash in the laundry room. Add a cup of it to a load of laundry along with your detergent. This will kill germs off your clothes and keep your washer smelling good.

In the Kitchen

Pour a half-cup of mouthwash down your garbage disposal to keep it odor free.

Soak a paper towel in Listerine and put it in your kitchen garbage can to mask the odor from foods thrown into the garbage.

If Listerine is good enough to put in your mouth, it is good enough to put in your dishwater to help the dishes stay free from germs.

Personal Use

To get rid of a blemish on your face, use a cotton swab to dab some mouthwash on it. It will kill the bacteria and the blemish will disappear.

Use mouthwash to clean cuts and scrapes if you do not have antiseptic wipes.

Mouthwash can be used to eliminate dandruff if you massage it into your scalp and shampoo as usual.

Mouthwash can be used to prevent the spread of lice from the hair.

Men can use mouthwash as an aftershave especially if they are out of their favorite brand of aftershave.

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If you run out of deodorant, dab some mouthwash on a cotton ball or face cloth and apply it to your underarms or other smelly body parts.

Because most mouthwashes contain an antiseptic, it is an excellent choice for wounds.

Use Listerine for itches associated with skin diseases, psoriasis, allergic reactions, rashes, acne, and bug bites.

Other Uses for Listerine

Use a lint-free cloth to clean your computer screen, television and camera lenses.

Bathe your pets in Listerine. Put Listerine in your kitty litter.

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Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on June 21, 2018:

Susan, I am glad you found it interesting that Listerine can be used for more than gargling. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on June 21, 2018:

It never occurred to me to use it for more than gargling. There are some pretty interesting uses listed.

Sherri on March 04, 2016:

Can you use it in your bath water and some whole body and hair? And if so how much do you recommend I put in the tub?

Thanks for the info!! ;)

Gina on June 06, 2015:

Mosquito pray?

Liz Shockley on September 12, 2014:

ok I used listerine to soak my toes, had a fungas, my dr told me to rub vicks vapo rub on the nail after I soaked them and then put on a pair wear white socks, VOILA fungas gone with-in 3 days..I've used it for itching, but tonight I did something crazy..I am going through menopause and every now and again I get terrible yeast infections and the itching is unbearable at times and nothing works when it gets that bad, well I put some gold listerine on a surgical pad, the ones that cover a wounds and folded it, then closed my eyes took a deep breath and went for it, WOW !!! i'm not going to lie, it stung something fierce but only for few minutes, and sure enough it took the itching away just that i have my cure instead of scratching til it bleeds,,,

Celiegirl on November 06, 2013:

Informative knew of some of the additional uses but glad to hear of the others. Thanks!

chaipoo1090 on March 31, 2011:

aww...that s super cool. Wouldn wait till tomo den:) cant stand the heat too:)

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 31, 2011:

chaipoo1090, thanks for reading and responding. If Listerine doesn't damage your mouth, if wouldn't damage your hair either.

chaipoo1090 on March 31, 2011:

omg. This s so cool:) and so interesting...but are you sure about the hair thingy? Wouldn it damage ya hair? But anyways, any mouth wash used would also act as a coolent. Wouldn it?

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 30, 2011:

daisyf1305, that was a tip I didn't know about. Thanks for sharing another use for Listerine.

Daisy Fabelo from Orlando Florida on March 30, 2011:

I have one for you, a year and a half ago I underwent surgery on my left foot due to a wart or what they called foot malformation that took over my big toe and the two other smaller toes had about 100 stitches and took over two months of painful recovery. Mind you I have had three babies and this surgery has reminded me of a pain of birth like severity.

Ever since my foot doc () explained no more sandals Daisy they make your feet dirty, and some of the dirt even when you shower penetrates deep within the walls of your feet and then become those weird blemishes or in my case warts that come up and are a hassle to get rid of.

I clean my feet with alcohol, my bathtub socks in soft scrub with bleach weekly and the last remedy I got was Listerine.

I sock my feet in very warm water with a cap full of Listerine now it stings a little but I have the cleanest and softest feet...

valery elias on March 29, 2011:

Great ideas for other uses for mouthwash! Thanks!

Justsilvie on March 29, 2011:

I really did not know all that! Very good and useful Hub!

Hattie from Europe on March 27, 2011:

ha ha I will, and he'll probably love me more because of you! lol

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 27, 2011:

HattieMattieMae, yes indeed! You can't go wrong with fresh breath and a fresh smelling home. Let me know how your future husband likes that combination.

Hattie from Europe on March 27, 2011:

Yes I have learned to gargle and clean at the same time! Maybe my future husband will tell me I have fresh breath, and fresh smelling home! lol

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 27, 2011:

PK2010, thanks for reading. Yes, we do learn something new everyday. I have some other interesting articles on this site. Hope you get a chance to read some of them.

Anthea Kwaw from United Kingdom on March 27, 2011:

Very informative article.It's true what they say "we learn something new everyday"

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 26, 2011:

HattieMattieMae, I am glad you read about the various uses for listering. This has been one of my most read articles.

Hattie from Europe on March 26, 2011:

Wow didn't know you could do all that with listerine!

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 08, 2011:

Sharejoy, it is so wonderful to know that mouthwash has so many uses. Thanks for reading and responding. Wait until I do an article about the uses of baking soda and vinegar.

Sharejoy on March 08, 2011:

I had no idea that Mouthwash could be used for so many things. Who would think to add it to your dish water or your laundry? Thanks so much for sharing such valuable info.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 28, 2011:

Yes, kimboy9-9, just like I wrote in the article, people refer to mouthwash as Listerine, tissues as Klennex and copiers as Xerox machines.

kimboy9-9 on February 27, 2011:

It is interesting that people refer to mouthwash as Listerine even though there are several other brands. ......................Good Artical

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 25, 2011:

lorddraven2000: Thanks for your comment.

Sam Little from Wheelwright KY on February 25, 2011:

I really had no idea. I know right before I had my wisdom teeth removed I was using it to sooth the pain.

Betty Johansen on February 25, 2011:

That makes sense! Me too LOL.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 25, 2011:

Betty, I think Listerine burns so much, you completely forget about the itchine. (LOL)

Betty Johansen on February 24, 2011:

Great information! But I've got to ask - how in the world does Listerine relieve itching?

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 24, 2011:

Tamarajo, who would have thought the same product that you use in your mouth was strong enough to cut through grease and grime and kill mold and mildrew?

Tamarajo on February 24, 2011:

It never crossed my mind to use mouth wash for so many things. Very interesting. I will keep these in mind

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 23, 2011:

tnderhrt23: Thanks for reading and commenting. Now go on and stock up on Listerine and try these tips. They really work!

tnderhrt23 on February 23, 2011:

Very interesting, useful hub! Gonna give these a try, makes good sense!

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