Life Hacks: Other Uses for Mouthwash

Is that alcohol mouthwash too spicy or causing dry mouth?  Before letting it go to waste, you might want to make it useful around other areas of your house. There are lots of ways to save money and time by using mouthwash for other purposes.

Clean the Bathroom

The active ingredients in mouthwash are designed to kill germs.  The alcohol is also very helpful with leaving surfaces streak-free too.  Grab a spray bottle and dilute the rinse with water about 50/50 and you’ve got yourself a great smelling disinfectant.  The toilet, shower, grout and glass will come clean and germ free.  Don’t forget the mirrors!

Blemishes, Cuts and Scrapes, Bites and Bruises

Listerine has quite a bit of alcohol, making it a great alternative to many other products used for cleaning minor injuries.  When in a pinch, soak a cotton ball or cotton swab with some rinse and clean the affected area before deciding if you need a band-aid.  For those of you who can’t help but “extract” those annoying “imperfections”, clean the area before you touch it.  This will reduce the germs your fingers leave behind and keep the blemish from spreading to other areas.  It also reduces  inflammation and dries quickly.

Heads to Toes

A capful of Listerine (preferably the original yellow kind) mixed with a capful of baby oil has been shown to help tremendously with dandruff.  After shampooing and rinsing, this mixture should be rubbed gently onto the scalp and left for a full five minutes.  This can be done two to three times a week as needed or you could spot treat stubborn areas with a straight Listerine dipped cotton ball.  We’ve also read about lots of people treating athlete’s foot and calloused heels with mouthwash.  Here’s the recipe:  ¼ cup Listerine, ¼ cup vinegar and ½ cup water.  Soak your feet for ten minutes and use a foot file or scrubby to remove the dead skin.

So there you have just a few of the ways to make the most of your antiseptic mouthwash!  Have you ever tried any of these?  Remember to head over to our Facebook page for more fun facts and socializing with the office!