You might not even be aware of the fact the bathroom staple-mouthwash– in your bathroom is a really versatile product that can be used for many purposes. Thanks to its antifungal and antibacterial properties, mouthwash can be used to deal with many everyday problems that you face.
Alcohol-based and sugar-free mouthwash can be used for quite a number of purposes around the house and your overall health as well. From treating foot fungus to cleaning glass, here are 12 unusual uses of mouthwash that you should definitely give a try.
Are you suffering from consistent dandruff that simply won’t go away? Take equal amounts of water and mouthwash and rinse your scalp with it after shampooing and conditioning your hair. The common ingredient in most mouthwashes is eucalyptol, which can prevent the growth of Malassezia, dandruff-causing fungus.
Disinfect after piercing
Got pierced recently? You have to use antiseptic solution twice a day to prevent any infections. Since mouthwash has antiseptic properties, it can be used as a replacement for an antiseptic solution. Dab the piercing twice a day to disinfect it.
They say that your bathroom is full of bacteria that attach themselves to your toothbrush. You can make sure that your toothbrush remains disinfected by keeping its bristles soaked in mouthwash overnight. It will disinfect your toothbrush.
Use as hand sanitizer
Your mouthwash can effectively replace your hand sanitizer. If you run out of hand sanitizer, simply spray some mouthwash for the same effect. However, only use alcohol-based mouthwash that is also sugar-free for the purpose.
Cleanse your face
Mouthwash can also act as astringent to cleanse your face. But before you do it, read the ingredient label to ensure that it doesn’t contain sugar. If it doesn’t, you can go ahead, clean your face with soap or face wash, then wipe with a cotton ball soaked in mouthwash for the same effect as astringent.
Clean glass better
Another great use of mouthwash is cleaning glass. Take some alcohol-based, sugar-free mouthwash in a cloth and wipe your glass clean with it. Then use a dry piece of cloth and wipe the glass dry.
Keep flowers fresh
You probably might not know this but you can also use your mouthwash to keep your flowers fresh. All you have to do is take one part of mouthwash in three parts of water and spray it on your flowers. It will kill the fungi on your flowers that harm plants.
Get rid of underarm odor
Underarm odor is a common problem that we all have to deal with. But did you know your mouthwash can get of underarm odor? By soaking a cotton ball in some mouthwash and wiping your underarm with it, you can kill the underarm bacteria that are responsible for the bad odor.
Disinfect small cuts
Mouthwash has antibacterial properties and it was used by surgeons in the past as an antiseptic to keep surgical infections at bay. It can be successfully used to disinfect small cuts and scrapes if it is alcohol based.
Get rid of nail fungus
Nail fungus can turn your nails into discolored thick nails. You can get rid of the fungus by mixing mouthwash and vinegar in equal quantities and applying the solution on the affected area for two to three times daily. You might not see the results right away and it might take few weeks.
Clean the toilet
The mouthwash that you are using is also a great toilet cleaner. You can use it to clean your toilet if you are all out of your toilet cleaner. Take a quarter of mouthwash in water and pour it in the toilet. Let it sit for half an hour and use a brush to clean the toilet.
Clean your socks better
Washing your socks might still not get rid of the odor or the bacteria. By putting a little mouthwash in the washing machine when you wash your socks, you can get rid of the smell and the bacteria.