8 Alternative uses of Listerine mouthwash that a lot of people do not know
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 1970’s!
But are you aware that aside from these, there are also other ways that Listerine can be used?
Here are the 8 alternative uses of Listerine mouthwash:
1. Can help you treat your smelly feet
The mouthwash has an astringent that is capable of killing the odor-causing bacteria.
To use mix 2 parts of warm water in 1 part of Listerine. Soak your feet for about 20 minutes.
Using Listerine has more than one perk for feet—it has been shown to help alleviate athletes foot, too.
2. Can help you cure your toe nail fungus
Toenail fungus can be gross – and smelly, too! Thankfully, you can prepare the Listerine solution
(1 part Listerine in 2 parts warm water) from the previous page and use it to treat toenail fungus.
Just soak your feet in the solution for around a few minutes per day, until the infection is gone.
3. Can help you aid your blisters
Blisters can be painful – and could lead to serious infections if left untreated.
But if you have a bottle of Listerine, you’ll have nothing to worry about.
Just soak a cotton ball in Listerine and dab the wet ball on the blisters. Repeat this up to three times a day, until the blisters disappear.
4. A great cough and cold treatment alternative
By gargling undiluted Listerine twice a day, you can reduce the severity of your coughs and colds.
If you’re lucky, the bacteria might even be gone before the sore and itchy feeling in your throat develops into full-blast coughs and colds!
So, make it a habit to gargle with mouthwash twice a day. Also if your cough or cold persist it is time to go to the doctor.
5. Can be a great cure for acne.
No one wants to have acne (though it seems to be fashionable now!); thus, if your face is on the verge of an acne outbreak,
just dab Listerine on the affected areas – and the acne will be gone by morning
The ingredients found in Listerine (eucalyptus, alcohol, and thyme), can kill bacteria that cause acne.
6. Lice Infestation
Whoa! I definitely didn’t know Listerine can also be used to kill lice! It seems that all you have to do is to soak up lice-infested head,
including the scalp, with Listerine. Cover with a shower cap and let sit for an hour. Rinse thoroughly.
For best results, follow this Listerine treatment with white vinegar. Again, soak the head with white vinegar, cover with shower cap, let sit for an hour, and rinse thoroughly.
7. Can be great to reduce dandruff
After rinsing your hair, massage the solution of 1/4 cup Listerine and 1 cup water unto your scalp.
The antiseptic and anti-fungal properties in the mouthwash will take care of your dandruff issues – and you can continue using your favorite shampoo!
Just make sure that you test this to a small part of your scalp, some people can have an allergic reaction to this. So better safe than sorry.
8. Can be an alternative deodorant if you just run out of one.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking—me run out of deodorant?!
Perhaps it’s not likely, but on that off chance that you actually do find yourself without a stick of deodorant, now you can have a backup.
Soak a cotton ball in the Listerine and apply it on your armpits. This will prevent your body from having unwanted body odor.