The Many Surprising Uses Of Listerine Mouthwash

The Listerine sales in the U.S were more than $340 million back in 2015, according to reports from Statista. When you think about it, that is a lot of Listerine, but that’s not all. When you take in account the other brands of mouthwash, the numbers reach up to $1 billion. The number seems to be normal considering the fact that the majority of Americans use Listerine for maintaining a good oral hygiene. However what many people don’t know is that Listerine and mouthwash can be used for many other things than just for maintaining oral hygiene!

According to Listerine’s website, the famous active ingredients in the mouthwash are thymol, menthol and eucalyptol as well as methyl salicyte. Every single ingredient used in the mouthwash has more than just one use, and we’re going to show you what those uses are!

  1. Deodorant

In case you run out of deodorant it is worth knowing that deodorant can help you stay fresh throughout the day too! Just take a cotton ball, soak it into Listerine and dab it on your underarms, or you can simply put some Listerine in a spray bottle and spray it under your arms. Doing this will prevent bad body odor since the Listerine itself is going to kill the odor-producing germs.

  1. Dandruff

Before people popularized Listerine as a mouthwash, believe or not, the product was used as a treatment for dandruff. The four simple active ingredients in Listerine have anti-fungal and antiseptic properties that get rid of dandruff. Just rinse your scalp and hair with a mixture from 1 cup of water and ¼ cup of Listerine.

  1. Lice

If you’re having issues with lice, then soaking your head in Listerine and keeping your hair sealed with a shower cap for 1 hour will kill of the lice and eliminate lice eggs. Just remember to wash your hair with shampoo after you remove the shower cap.

  1. Acne

The combination of antiseptic properties with alcohol in Listerine is capable of drying out pimples and can help you maintain a clear skin. Just put some Listerine on a cotton ball and dab it on the acne to dry them out.

  1. Cough

Believe it or not, it’s been known since 1932 that gargling Listerine twice a day will reduce the severity and frequency of colds and coughs. Listerine can also be used as an antiseptic mouthwash that will keep of bacteria and infections from entering the respiratory system.

Also, if you’re having problems with blisters, simply dip a cotton ball in Listerine and dab it on the blister. Repeat this process three times daily and your blister will dry up and disappear.

  1. Stinky feet

Many people wage a never-ending battle with stinky feet that can knock a person unconscious – at least not literally. If your feet have a tendency to get stinky, soak them in a mix of 1 part Listerine and 2 parts of warm water for 20 minutes. This will eliminate the odor and reduce the amount of sweat.

  1. Toenail fungus

Not only will a Listerine foot bath make your feet smell amazing, but it will also help you treat toenail fungus. As we mentioned above, this is thanks to the Listerine’s strong anti-fungal properties. To eliminate toenail fungus, simply soak your feet in the mixture for stinky feet. Repeat this process every day for 1-2 months and your toenail fungus should completely disappear.

Listerine’s been used since the 1800’s. It didn’t start off as a mouthwash, and it doesn’t have to stay like that. Next time you’re reaching for a bottle of Listerine, remember that you’re not buying just a regular mouthwash – but a multi-usage liquid that will help with many issues in life.


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