Listerine was supposed to have a wide variety of uses when it was created, and not only used as a mouthwash. It was invented in 1879, as a surgical antiseptic used for various purposes, and it began to be marketed as a mouthwash against bad breath in the 1970s!
1. Deodorant. Did you run out of deodorant? Not to worry! Simply take a cotton ball, soak it in Listerine, and dab it under your arms. You can also pour Listerine into a spray bottle and spray your armpits. According to Listerine Foot Soak, both these methods are effective in preventing body odor because Listerine kills odor producing germs that cause body odor in the first place.
2. Dandruff. Before everyone used Listerine as a mouthwash, it was popular as a treatment for dandruff. It worked then and it works now. Hair Sentinel explains each of the four active ingredients in Listerine has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. To use this home remedy, rinse your hair and scalp with a mixture made from 1/4 cup Listerine and 1 cup water.
3. Lice. Listerine is also a safe and effective treatment against lice.Healthy and Natural World recommends soaking the lice-infested head in Listerine and then gathering the hair in a shower cap. Let the Listerine soak in for at least 1 hour and then rinse hair with water. To really get those buggers, continue the treatment by massaging white vinegar into the scalp. Again, gather the hair in a shower cap and let it soak. After 1 hour, wash the hair with mild shampoo and use a lice comb to remove any dead lice and remaining lice eggs.
4. Acne. Did you know you can use Listerine as an astringent to treat problem skin? That’s right. The combination of alcohol and antiseptic properties in Listerine will dry out a pimple. The Indian Spot claims the morning after dabbing a nasty pimple with Listerine, you may wake up pimple free!
6. Blisters. The antiseptic properties of Listerine make it a mighty force against blisters. Mother Nature Network says all you have to do is dip a cotton swab in Listerine and dab it onto the blister. Repeat three times a day until your blister dries up and disappears.
7. Stinky feet. Stinky feet can knock you out. But fear not. Smelly Feet Cures says Listerine kills odor causing bacteria and works as an astringent to reduce the amount you sweat. Listerine is especially effective if your smelly feet are a symptom of athlete’s foot. Listerine also has the added benefit of making your feet incredibly soft! To use this home remedy, mix 1 part Listerine in 2 parts warm water and let your feet soak for 20 minutes.
8. Toenail fungus. A Listerine foot bath not only makes your feet smell minty fresh, but it also helps treat toenail fungus. Health Guidance explains this is because Listerine has some super powerful anti-fungal properties. If you suffer from regular fungal infections, you may want to get in the habit of taking a Listerine foot soak every few days over several months.
9. Clean your screens
You can spray it on a soft cloth and use it to wipe away dirt and fingertips from the screens of the TV and computer.
10. Eliminate garbage odors
Soak a paper towel in Listerine and put it in the trash to get rid of the smells and leave a nice and fresh scent.
11. Fight underarm bacteria and odor
You should pour some Listerine on a small cloth and dab the underarms to fight bacteria and leave a good smell.
12. Soothes bug bites and itchiness
Dab Listerine on the bug bites to relieve the itchiness. It is extremely helpful against poison ivy or poison oak stings.
13. Clean the toilet
Pour some Listerine in a bowl and use a toothbrush to scrub the toilet and make it white and fresh-smelling.
14. Disinfect the toothbrush
Soak the toothbrush in some Listerine and leave it for a few hours to disinfect it.
Listerine has been around since the late 1800s! It was not always used solely as a mouthwash and it does not have to be now. Take advantage of all these great home remedies! Tell us which work for you and SHARE this article on social media!