Did you know that Listerine was introduced in 1879 as a surgical antiseptic and was not introduced as a mouthwash until the 1970’s?
Listerine | More than Just A Simple Mouthwash
The main ingredients such as eucalyptus, alcohol, and thyme help to kill oral bacteria. However, it can be used for so much more!
Here are just a few Listerine uses that’ll be covered in today’s article:
- Heals bruises
- Reduces dandruff
- Cleans cast iron
- Kills head lice
- Kills underarm odor and bacteria
- Reduces acne
Who knew that Listerine could be so useful. Read on to learn more!
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1. Helps to heal Bruises
Do you have a bruise that is taking forever to go away? Soak a cotton ball with Listerine and dab on the bruised area and you will notice a significant difference the next day! Apply daily until the bruise is gone.
2. Relieves Pain From A Bee Sting
Did you get stung by a bee or wasp? No Worries! Just soak a cotton ball in Listerine and apply to the bee or wasp sting for instant pain relief.
3. First Aid For Blisters And Cuts
For cuts and blisters, soak a cotton ball with Listerine and dab on to the blister to keep it from becoming infected. This will also speed up the healing process by drying out the blister.
4. Soothes Sore Throats
Gargling with Listerine is great for soothing a sore throat. If your sore throat persists, consult your doctor for medical treatment.
5. Reduces Acne
So many have had great success treating their acne with Listerine. Just simply soak a cotton ball and dab onto the acne. It helps to kill bacteria that causes acne and you should see a significant difference within a couple of days.
6. Get Rid Of Trash Can Odor
Is your trash can getting a little stinky? Soak a paper towel in Listerine and place it at the bottom of the trash can. This will eliminate the odor and kill any bacteria that collects at the bottom of the trash can.
7. Glass Cleaner
Listerine is great for making glass sparkle! To clean computer and TV screens, dampen a soft terry cloth with the oral antiseptic and wipe softly to make the glass clean and shiny.
8. Clean Mildew And Mold
Listerine is excellent for cleaning mildew and mold! Simply soak the cloth or scrubbing brush in Listerine and clean away!
9. Sanitize Toilets
Listerine is an excellent sanitizer! To clean your toilet, simply pour ½ cup of Listerine and give it a light stir and let it sit for 30 minutes. Give the toilet a light scrub and flush.
10. Eliminate Odor And Germs In Garbage Disposal
To help the garbage disposal stay free of odors and bacteria, simply pour ½ cup of Listerine down the drain. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and then run the faucet for 20 seconds.
11.Kill Plant Fungus
You can eliminate plant fungus by combining 1 part Listerine and 3 parts water into a spray bottle. Spray the soil near the base of the plant once a week to kill plant fungus.
12. Eliminate Smelly Hands
Did you just chop an onion and you can’t get the onion smell off your hands? Rinsing your hands with Listerine will eliminate the odor.
13. Eliminate Smelly Feet
Add a few drops of Listerine to warm water and soak your feet for 20-30 minutes. This will eliminate foot odor and kill bacteria.
14. Sanitize Your Laundry
To remove odor causing bacteria from your clothes, simply add 1 cup of Listerine to the wash. This works wonders!
15. Soothe A Toothache
Soak a cotton ball with Listerine and place on the gum next to the affected tooth for 15-20 minutes. This will help numb the area therefore soothing toothache pain.
16. Kill Nail Fungus
To eliminate nail fungus, add a few drops of Listerine to warm water and soak your hand and/or feet for 15-20 minutes. Repeat this process as needed to keep nail fungus at bay.
17. Relieve Itchy Skin
Do you have a mosquito bite or a poison ivy rash that itches like crazy? Dabbing the affected area with Listerine will give you much-needed itch relief. It will also help to dry out the affected area and kill any bacteria.
18. Flea Remedy
Listerine makes a great flea remedy! Simply rub it into your pet’s fur or you can add it to their flea shampoo.
19. Cleans Cast Iron
Table salt with a few drops of Listerine is a great way to clean your cast iron pots and pans. The best part is it will not strip the coating off the pans.
20. Kill Underarm Odor And Bacteria
Soak a cotton ball with Listerine and dab onto your underarms to kill odor and bacteria. I don’t recommend doing this every day as it could possibly irritate the skin with an everyday application.
21. Kill Head Lice
To kill head lice, soak your entire scalp and hair with Listerine then put on a shower cap. Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
22. Reduce Dandruff
To reduce dandruff, simply massage mint flavor onto your scalp. Next, shampoo and rinse with warm water.
**I personally do not recommend Listerine as a hair and scalp treatment for color treated, permed hair, or any chemical related treatment you have had done recently.
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