Listerine isn’t just for freshening your breath and reducing plaque. Originally in 1879, Listerine was found to be an effective antiseptic for use in surgical procedures! It wasn’t until 1914 that Listerine became the first prescription product in the US to be sold over the counter as a product to kill oral germs.
As you can see, Listerine has a long history. Some of the other uses for Listerine are possible because of the essential oils; menthol, eucalyptol, thymol and methyl salicylate. These work together to create a great antiseptic, bug repellant, anti-fungal treatment and more! Listerine and other mouthwashes are obviously created to freshen your breath and kill germs in your mouth. However, because of the alcohol and essential oil content within, there are several other ways it can be used.
Here is a list of things that Listerine is good for:
Some people swear by Listerine to treat dandruff. The correlation makes sense, according to the website The People’s Pharmacy, because dandruff is considered to be a fungal issue, and the essential oils in Listerine contain antifungal properties. Home remedies vary between applying Listerine to the hair “neat” or mixing it with just enough baby oil to make it stick. Whichever method you try, leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse it out of your hair.
Nail Fungus Eradicator
Nail fungus problems can make your toenails or fingernails thick and discolored, and once you’re infected it’s incredibly difficult to eradicate. Make up a 50/50 solution of alcohol-based mouthwash and vinegar, and apply to the affected area with a cotton ball (use a new one each time) two-to-three times per day.
Mouthwash makes an easy substitute deodorant in a pinch, with its bacteria-killing properties. Be warned though — if you just shaved your armpits, applying an alcohol-based mouthwash will sting!
Clean your toothbrush
Kill old germs on your toothbrush by immersing it in Listerine for about 20 minutes. It kills germs in your mouth, so why not use it to clean your toothbrush?!
Clean your toilet bowl
Clean your toilet bowl and make it shine by pouring in 1/2 cup of Listerine instead of toilet bowl cleaner. Scrub with the toilet brush as usual.
General household cleaner
If you’re planning to use Listerine as a general cleaner in your bathroom, kitchen or on floors, make sure to dilute it with 50% water. It will kill germs and leave a fresh scent.
Some people swear by Listerine as a mosquito repellent. Don’t use it on yourself, as the alcohol level may be drying. Instead, sprinkle or spray it around the base of picnic tables, decks and patios and near standing water. University of Wisconsin acknowledges Listerine as a home remedy to treat mosquitoes, but adds that not enough empirical evidence exists to officially recommend it. “The Green Witch Herbal,” which focuses on herbs rather than commercial products, strongly recommends eucalyptus oil to repel mosquitoes. Eucalyptus oil is one of Listerine’s primary ingredients.
Mildew and fungus on plants
Get rid of mildew and fungus from the soil of your plants by mixing 1 parts Listerine with 3 parts water into a spray bottle. Spray the area where the plant meets the soil once a week.