The Many Surprising Uses Of Listerine Mouthwash


Listerine is a brand of mouthwash which is very popular in the United States. People usually use mouthwash for its main purpose – oral hygiene. However, there are also other rather surprising ways you can use Listerine as a remedy for common issues. Keep reading to discover how and when you should use Listerine.

The active ingredients in Listerine include menthol, thymol methyl salicylate and eucalyptol. Besides being excellent for protecting your mouth from plaque and gingivitis, these ingredients can also provide many other benefits.

  1. Deodorant

If you run out of deodorant at a very inconvenient time don’t worry. Soak a cotton ball in Listerine and dab it under your arms. Listerine works by killing the germs that produce the odor. Another way to use it is by spraying it on your armpits.

  1. Dandruff

Listerine has been used as a dandruff treatment long before becoming a mouthwash. It works because of the anti-fungal and antiseptic properties it has. Prepare a mixture of ¼ cup of Listerine and 1 cup of water and rinse your hair and scalp with it to remove dandruff.

  1. Lice

Apply Listerine on your scalp and hair and put a shower cap on. Leave it for about 1 hour and rinse your hair with water. For even better results, massage white vinegar on your scalp after the Listerine treatment and put on the shower cap again for another hour. Rinse with a mild shampoo and remove the dead lice and lice eggs using a lice comb.

  1. Acne

In case you have noticed a new pimple is going to appear on your face you can dry it out with the help of Listerine. Listerine contains alcohol and also has antiseptic properties which will reduce the inflammation and treat the pimple. Dab the pimple with a cotton ball soaked in Listerine and you will be amazed by how quickly it will work.

  1. Cough

An article published in Modern Mechanix says that you can reduce the frequency and severity of coughs and colds by gargling Listerine twice a day. Another article has verified this statement and it also added that an antiseptic mouthwash can prevent respiratory system infections that are caused by bacteria.

  1. Blisters

Listerine is also very efficient for treating blisters. Dap a cotton ball soaked in Listerine directly on the blister three times a day until it dries up.

  1. Stinky feet

Listerine is an astringent which means it reduces the amount of sweat and also kills the bacteria causing the odor. It is particularly efficient for treating smelly feet due to athlete’s foot. Besides removing the unpleasant odor, Listerine also makes your feet soft and smooth. Soak your feet in a mixture of Listerine and water in 1:2 ratio.

  1. Toenail fungus

Listerine makes your feet smell fresh but it can also help remove the toenail fungus because of the potent anti-fungal properties it contains. In case you regularly have fungal infections soak your feet in Listerine a couple times a week.

After reading this article we hope you will want to try and use Listerine for things other than rinsing your mouth. This remedy has been around for 2 centuries and it is still used in many households.Take advantage of all these great home remedies! Tell us which work for you and SHARE this article on social media!