8 Surprising Uses for Listerine Mouthwash

Did you know that Listerine has been around since the 1800s? Yep! I am as surprised as you are – but that’s not the only thing that will surprise you today because Listerine, as it turns out, has not always been used as mouthwash but also for other things!

With so many products coming out of the market over the years, you get to use various stuff at home – but you can actually have one on the shelf to work for you! Sigh. I wish I had known this a long time ago. Still, it is not too late. This means I should put a huge bottle of Listerine on my next shopping list!

Cure for Stinky Feet

It seems that Listerine is not just for curing stinky breath, it can also be used to cure stinky feet! The astringent in the mouthwash kills odor-causing bacteria and also helps in reducing the amount of sweat produced by the feet.

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To use, simply soak your feet in a mix 1 part Listerine in 2 parts warm water for about 20 minutes.

Aside from getting odor-free feet, you’ll also find it soft and smooth! Lovely, isn’t it?

Cure for Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus can be gross – and smelly, too! Thankfully, you can prepare the Listerine solution (1 part Listerine in 2 parts warm water) from the previous page and use it to treat toenail fungus. Just soak your feet in the solution for around a few minutes per day, until the infection is gone.

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Cure for Toenail Fungus

Treatment for Blisters

Blisters can be painful – and could lead to serious infections if left untreated. But if you have a bottle of Listerine, you’ll have nothing to worry about. Just soak a cotton ball in Listerine and dab the wet ball on the blisters.

Repeat this up to three times a day, until the blisters disappear.

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Treatment for Blisters

Treatment for Coughs and Colds

Have you noticed how your throat feels itchy and sore when you are about to have coughs and colds? That’s because bacteria irritates this area.

By gargling undiluted Listerine twice a day, you can reduce the severity of your coughs and colds. If you’re lucky, the bacteria might even be gone before the sore and itchy feeling in your throat develops into full-blast coughs and colds! So, make it a habit to gargle with mouthwash twice a day.

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Treatment for Coughs and Colds

Cure for Acne

No one wants to have acne (though it seems to be fashionable now!); thus, if your face is on the verge of an acne outbreak, just dab Listerine on the affected areas – and the acne will be gone by morning (or so The Indian Spot claims…)!

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Image copyright by RomarioIen via ShutterStock

Treatment for Lice Infestation

Whoa! I definitely didn’t know Listerine can also be used to kill lice! It seems that all you have to do is to soak up lice-infested head, including the scalp, with Listerine. Cover with a shower cap and let sit for an hour. Rinse thoroughly.

For best results, follow this Listerine treatment with white vinegar. Again, soak the head with white vinegar, cover with shower cap, let sit for an hour, and rinse thoroughly.

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Image copyright by adriaticfoto via ShutterStock.

Cure for Dandruff

Say goodbye to dandruff using Listerine! You don’t have to switch to an anti-dandruff shampoo now!

After rinsing your hair, massage the solution of 1/4 cup Listerine and 1 cup water unto your scalp. The antiseptic and anti-fungal properties in the mouthwash will take care of your dandruff issues – and you can continue using your favorite shampoo!

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Image copyright by CRM, via ShutterStock.

Listerine as Deodorant

Yep! You read that correctly – Listerine can be used as deodorant! So, if you ran out of deodorant, simply soak a cotton ball in Listerine, dab it on your armpits, and go on with your business. There’s nothing to worry about because this mouthwash is great at preventing body odor.

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Image copyright by Vladimir Gjorgiev, via ShutterStock.

So, which among these surprising Listerine uses did you find most interesting? I definitely go for the lice treatment!