Published on Pinable.com: Being a dentist by profession, I felt like sharing this article spotted over the net on the use of Listerine. Listerine is a popular mouthwash solution which was introduced as a surgical antiseptic in 1879. However, it wasn’t marketed as a bad breath remedy until the 1970s. Listerine contains helpful ingredients such as eucalyptus, thyme and alcohol which can do so much more than eliminate oral bacteria.
For example, rubbing a cotton ball soaked in Listerine on your armpits can eliminate all the bacteria and prevent odors. Here are some Listerine uses you probably never heard of:
- Use it on your armpits
Just soak a cotton ball in Listerine and dab it on your underarms to kill the bacteria and prevent body odor. This is an effective and quick solution if you’ve gone out of deodorant and can’t go buy a new one at the moment.
- Soak your feet in it
Make a Listerine foot bath and soak your feet in it for 30 minutes to get rid of toenail fungus and prevent the infection from spreading.
- Pour it down the toilet
Listerine can clean and deodorize your toilet bowl, so pour some down it and scrub a little to make the bowl pearly white and shiny again.
- Dab it on your itches
Dabbing some Listerine on bug bites or poison ivy and poison oak stings will provide some much-needed relief.
- Use it on your hair
Pour some Listerine on your head, massage it into the scalp, wrap your hair in a towel and let it work for a few hours in order to get rid of dandruff and prevent scalp infections.
- Rub it on your dog
Listerine is an effective remedy against fleas. Just rub some of it into the hair of your dog, or mix it with a pet shampoo and water to get rid of the pests quickly.
- Use it on your face
Dabbing some Listerine on your face will effectively reduce acne. The mouthwash solution works better than antibiotics and topical creams and has helped many people defeat acne and other skin problems.
- Stick your toothbrush in it
Just as it can defeat bacteria in your mouth, Listerine can also defeat germs on your toothbrush. Fill your nightstand glass with some Listerine and stick your toothbrush in it for a couple of hours in order to destroy all bacteria.
- Spray it on your screen
Spray some Listerine on your TV or pc screen and wipe with a soft cloth afterwards to get rid of smudges and unwanted gunk. The product will also leave a nice minty smell behind instead of the chemical smell left by window-cleaning products.
- Toss it in the trash
We all know that the awful garbage odor can make your kitchen smell absolutely terrible. But before you throw any garbage in the bag, put a Listerine-soaked paper towel in the very bottom. This will keep things smelling fresh and minty!