While you're constantly trying to remember to use mouthwash every day, Listerine is good for more than just to rinse out your mouth.
Listerine was actually developed in 1878 as a surgical antiseptic, and was used for all sorts of things. It only was marketed to fight bad breath in the 1970s.
Much like VaporRub and Vaseline, you can add Listerine to the list of things in your medicine cabinet that can have a positive impact on your health. Listerine is no longer a simple mouthwash, but a way to remove fungus, and even repel fleas on your pets.
Check out this list of things that you can use your bottle of Listerine for.
13. Soak Your Feet In It
If you have had some stubborn toenail fungus that you are itching to get rid of, try running yourself a Listerine foot bath. Simply mix some Listerine with warm water and soak your feet for 30 minutes. For more stubborn infections, you can add some white vinegar to the mix.
12. Pour It Down The Toilet
No, you're not just flushing your money away. Listerine is good for cleaning and deodorizing your toilet. Just pour a little on your toilet brush and scrub the entire bowl. It will leave it clean and with a great smell too!
11. Stop The Itch
Have an itch that you can't seem to get rid of? Whether it's insect bites or a poison ivy rash, Listerine can actually help! Just dab some on a cotton ball and apply it to the affected area and feel the itch disappear.
10. Rub It Under Your Arms
Did you run out of deodorant and forget to buy a new stick? Listerine is actually very good at fighting underarm odor. Pour a bit on a cotton ball and rub it all over your armpit when you're in a pinch.
9. Ditch The Dandruff
Say goodbye to dandruff with the help of Listerine. Most people wouldn't think about applying the mouthwash to their scalp, but it can actually help get rid of those pesky flakes.
Simply massage some Listerine onto your scalp and wrap your hair in a towel. After letting it sit for a few minutes, wash it away and say goodbye to that dandruff too.
8. It Can Help Your Pup Too
Don't waste your money on expensive flea sprays and pet products when you can go for a more natural approach.
Try mixing some Listerine with your pup's shampoo or dilute it with water in a spray bottle to take advantage of its positive benefits.
7. Use It On Your Face
Your face will feel more clean than you ever thought imaginable thanks to the positive powers of Listerine. Just pour some on a cotton ball and use it on your face.
Because of its antiseptic qualities you can even battle acne with it!
6. Clean Your Toothbrush With It
Well this one sounds more like it's intended purpose. Since Listerine is good to battle germs inside your mouth, it's also good to remove them from your toothbrush as well.
Just fill a glass with some Listerine and let your toothbrush soak. By morning it will be as good as new!
5. Use It As A Screen Cleaner
Move aside Windex, Listerine has this one covered. Spray some of the mouthwash over your screen or put some on a cloth and wipe away all the dust, dirt and oils that may have built up on the surface. Not only will it get rid of all the gross things, but it will also wipe away fingerprints. Let's not forget that nice minty smell as opposed to the typical chemicals you smell after cleaning.
4. Toss It In Your Trash
Having issue with your trash starting to stink? Soak a paper towel in Listerine and put it at the bottom of the bag. Sure beats the smell of garbage in the kitchen!
3. Prevent The Spread Of Lice
Products to prevent the spread of lice can get really expensive! Why not try a home remedy with something you already have in your bathroom?
Soak your hair in Listerine and then cover it with a shower cap. Let it work its magic for two hours and then wash and rinse your hair like normal.
2. Remove A Tick
Ticks can be a big problem in the summer, and Listerine can help.
Fold up a paper towel and soak it in Listerine. Then place it on top of the tick for a few second and the tick will let go. Now that's a relief!
1. Heal Bruises Faster
Do people tell you that you "bruise like a peach"? Help your bruises heal a lot faster with the help of Listerine.
Dab a Listerine-soaked cotton ball onto the bruised area. It will help the blood to flow and help the bruise heal faster.