It’s interesting how common bathroom items can have a wide array of uses around the house. The internet was only recently overloaded with surprising uses of VapoRub. Now, we present little known, yet extremely helpful uses of Listerine, the most popular mouthwash in the world.
From underarm deodorant to flea repellent for your pet dog, Listerine can come in handy in a number of situations. Read on and find out why you should always have a bottle of Listerine at hand.
Although people generally associate Listerine with oral hygiene, it was actually intended for much more by its inventors. The Krazy Coupon Lady writes: “Did you know Listerine, which was formulated in 1879, was originally developed as a surgical antiseptic and, historically, has been used for all sorts of things? It actually wasn’t marketed for bad breath until the 1970s!”
Moreover, this popular product packs a number of health beneficial ingredients including thyme, eucalyptus, and alcohol, which only explains why Listerine can be used in so many different ways aside from its regular use as mouthwash.
#1: Rub It Under Your Arms
Listerine is a great alternative to underarm deodorants because it effectively eliminates underarm odors. Just, soak a cotton ball into some Listerine and gently apply to your armpits.
#2: Soak Your Feet In It
Listerine has some amazing anti-fungal properties, which makes it ideal for treating toenail fungus.
Make yourself a Listerine foot bath and soak your toes for 30 minutes. For severe cases, add some white vinegar too.
#3: Pour It Down The Toilet
You may disagree with this one as Listerine does come with a price, but it can both clean and deodorize your toilet bowl. Simply pour some of it in the toilet and scrub with your toilet brush.
#4: Dab It On Your Itches
Listerine works wonders on itchy bug bites or skin reactions to poison ivy and poison oak. According to dental hygienist Carrie Ibbetson, “Listerine is my go-to source for stopping bug bites from itching like crazy.”
#5: Wet Your Hair With It
Not many know that Listerine was once promoted as an anti-dandruff tool. Even though it never became popular with this use, people who’ve tried it, dearly recommend it. Just apply some Listerine onto the scalp massaging gently. Keep your hair wrapped in a towel for a while to let it act before you rinse it off.
#6: Rub It On Your Dog
Listerine is a great and much safer alternative to expensive flea sprays and products for pets. To avoid the harsh chemicals in commercial flea repellents, many pet owners choose Listerine instead.
According to the Krazy Coupon Lady, try “mixing it with shampoo in a bath or diluting it with water and using it as a spray.”
#7: Put It On Your Face
Aside from being great mouth rinse, Listerine can do wonders for treatment of acne as well. One user writes: “I have tried all types of antibiotics and topical prescriptions on the market. Nothing has worked as well as applying Listerine morning and night.”
#8: Stick Your Toothbrush In It
Soak your toothbrush in some Listerine every now and then to eliminate germs that stick to it. Simply fill your nightstand glass with a little bit of the mouthwash then soak your toothbrush for a couple of hours.
#9: Spray It On Your Screen
Listerine is great for cleaning glass surfaces including your computer or television screen. Just spray some on then wipe it off with a soft cloth. It’ll remove fingerprints and unwanted gunk. You also get the minty smell as an added bonus.
#10: Toss It In The Trash
We are all too familiar with the off-putting odors trash bins give off. They make the kitchen not such an attractive place to be in. A simple trick, such as putting a Listerine-soaked paper towel at the bin bottom will effectively cover up the bad smells. Again, the fresh minty smell is something you’d want to have around the kitchen.
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