Formerly developed as an antiseptic during 1879, Listerine mouth wash has some pretty interesting uses other than the obvious. It’s surprising to know this solution which contains alcohol wasn’t marketed as a mouthwash until 1970’s. Check out these cool and surprising uses of Listerine.
Remedy for toothache
If you’re having a toothache dab some Listerine on a cotton ball and apply it on the tooth which is paining. The menthol content in Listerine is a remedy for relieving pain and the alcohol content will prevent infections.
Germs in your armpit are the main reason for body odor. Use Listerine under your arm to get rid of the body odor, thanks to the alcohol content which prevents the growth of bacteria and it will also provide a pleasant fragrance.
To clean the toothbrush
Your tooth brush has a large amount of bacteria which is growing on it overnight after you brush your teeth every time. Imagine you are putting a bacteria infested thing inside your mouth, gross right. To solve this immerse the brush in Listerine for 20 minutes which will kill the old germs.
Would you believe that Listerine was used for treating dandruff even before it was used as a mouth wash. Thanks to the antiseptic and anti fungal properties it is a best way to get rid of dandruff from your head. For this mix ¼ cup of Listerine with 1 cup of water, then apply this mixture to your scalp and rinse after 15 minutes. This works better than a normal day anti dandruff shampoo.
For Acne treatment
Having acne on your face is a stressful and sometimes an embarrassing condition. Listerine can help you get rid of that acne in a short time period, thanks to the eucalyptus, alcohol and thyme content in Listerine which acts as an astringent which kills bacteria and fights acne. Just dab the affected area with a clean cotton ball, be careful not to use much if you are having dry/sensitive skin.
Treating lice infestation
Lice can be a menace when your child or someone brings it into the house. Like fighting dandruff it’s found that Listerine can fight against lice also. Wetting hair with Listerine and keeping it for some time will kill the lice and mites.
Remedy for cuts and bruises
As we already said, Listerine was developed as a surgical antiseptic. It can kill the germs and heal the wounds and bruises faster.
A remedy for bug bites
The pain killing and antiseptic properties of the mouthwash can relive the pain and itching from various bug bites. So the next time you get a mosquito bite or a bee sting, apply some Listerine on the affected area.
The antiseptic property of Listerine helps in healing blisters. Apply Listerine on the blister with a cotton ball and repeat it until the blister disappears.
Curing athlete’s foot
Soaking you feet in a solution of Listerine will help in curing athlete’s feet and other fungal infections on your feet which includes stinky feet also. This is because the mouthwash has herbal oils like menthol, eucalyptol, thymol and methyl salicylate which have antifungal properties.
Use it as an aftershave
Listerine has a pleasant menthol fragrance and the alcohol content in it will be helpful to heal the cuts and sooth that razor burn after you shave. So next time keep some Listerine aside after you rinse your mouth, and splash a little on your face.
Trash can odor remover
Is your trash can way too much stinky? Now get rid of that odor with Listerine. Soak some Listerine on a paper towel and place it on the bottom of the trash can, and voila no more stinky trash can. This is because Listerine will kill the odor causing germs because it has alcohol in it.
Mix equal parts of Listerine with water and this solution can be used as a general house hold cleaner. This will kill germs and give protection against fungus and mildew also it will spread a pleasant smell across your home too.
Clean glass and laptop screens
Get rid of those stubborn stains on your TV screens and laptops with Listerine, just spray the Listerine water mix on those stains and clean. It also can get those cast iron pipes and faucets to shine.
Kill germs on your cloths as well as clean the washing machine by adding 1 cup of Listerine with your regular detergent. This also will give a fresh fragrance to your cloths too.
Along with these Listerine can also be used as bug repellent, to extend flower’s life, to kill fleas on pets, etc. Now onwards Listerine is not just a mouth wash, it’s the Swiss knife of mouth washes having multiple uses.