15 Useful and Surprising Ways to Use Mouthwash
Mouthwash is perfect for anyone who wants to achieve that fresh, clean feeling. For most, it has become an essential part of their daily oral hygiene routine. But were you aware of the fact that it can be used for many other things besides rinsing?
That’s why we’ve made a list of 15 uses which, while unusual and unexpected, are sure to be a pleasant surprise! And it only makes sense, as most types of mouthwash contain hydrogen peroxide and alcohol, which makes them ideal for disinfecting purposes.
1. Quickly Freshen Up
It can happen that you’re in such a hurry that you don’t have time to take a shower, not even a quick one. So how to get rid of the odor? Simple! All you do is dab a cotton pad into some mouthwash and rub it on your armpit.
You’d be shocked at how effectively it can kill any lingering bacteria, thus successfully getting rid of any foul smells as well! And the best part is, you can use it anywhere since both items necessary are so small they fit in most handbags!
2. Skip the Professional Pedicure
Guess what? You can have soft feet without having to pay a fortune by going to the nail salon. You can create a gentle solution for safely treating any calluses or rough spots. What you need is some apple cider vinegar (1 cup), Listerine (1 cup), and some water (2 cups) for a nice foot soak.
3. Repels Bugs
Looking for a safer alternative to using harsh chemicals when it comes to repelling bugs? All you need to do is pour a minty mouthwash into any spray bottle.
Just be careful to avoid the whitening mouthwash variety, as it can cause white spots on your clothes. Also, you may need to apply this spray more often than you would the traditional one.
4. Get Rid of Any Ants
Looking for a safe and effective way of getting rid of any ants in your house? Try mixing some mouthwash, dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide. Spray it on any areas where you’ve seen ants and let it soak for about 15 minutes.
Wipe off what remains of the spray and any ants along with it. This mixture is completely safe to use in homes which have pets or children.
5. Reduces Odors Coming from Your Washing Machine
Washing machines are irreplaceable for their clothes-cleaning abilities, but we need to remember that they can get dirty in the process. And a dirty washing machine will not perform as well as it could.
That’s why you should try half a cup of antiseptic mouthwash in an empty load cycle to make sure your washing machine is disinfected and clean.
6. Safely Disinfects Clothes
Many individuals are wary of using harsh chemicals such as bleach, but aren’t completely certain that their laundry is as clean as it should be using natural products.
Using just one cup of mouthwash in your dirty laundry load is more than sufficient for killing any harmful bacteria. Best to use an antiseptic mouthwash, one without any artificial coloring.
7. Soothes Itching
Another thing antiseptic mouthwash is good for is providing much-needed relief from an insect bite, or even a rash. This is thanks to the cooling sensation it can provide our skin.
Furthermore, the alcohol it contains can help with healing the rash through drying it out. Simply dab some of it onto your affected area using a cotton pad.
8. Toilet Cleaner
You don’t need a special, chemically-ridden cleaner in order to get your toilet looking spick-and-span. Instead, try pouring one cup of mouthwash into your toilet bowl, leaving it to do its magic for about half an hour. Then a quick swipe of your toilet brush and you’ve got yourself a clean toilet!
9. Preserves the Freshness of Flowers
As beautiful as they are, the problem with cut flowers is that they usually wilt quickly. Well, the antiseptic abilities of the mouthwash may kill off any harmful bacteria, thus allowing your bouquet to live a little longer.
It’s worth a try, as pouring one cup of it into your vase before arranging the flowers costs you very little!
10. Soak Your Toothbrush
Your toothbrush does a good job of cleaning your teeth. But do you do a good job of cleaning your toothbrush? Just pour a little mouthwash into a container, enough for the head of your toothbrush to soak in it.
Leave it overnight, and in the morning, your much-cleaner toothbrush will be ready to serve you once more!
11. Treats Nail Fungus
In case your toes are showing the first warning signs of fungus (or if you want to prevent it from happening in the first place, as once it does, it’s harder to eradicate), mix equal amounts of white vinegar and mouth wash.
Rub the affected area with this concoction using a cotton pad 2-3 times daily.
12. Removes Garlic Odor
As healthy as garlic is, we understand how annoying it can be to get rid of any odor coming not just from your mouth but from your hands and even your pores!
We are by no means suggesting you stop eating garlic, but it might be a wise idea to use some mouthwash to get rid of the smell after you’re done. And we don’t just mean the traditional mouth rinsing; it can be applied to any sticky area!
13. Cleans Minor Scrapes and Cuts
That’s right. It’s even useful for the treatment of minor wounds. Did you know mouthwash was initially intended as a surgical antiseptic before finding its way into your home as a part of your dental hygiene plan?
Simply dab a cotton pad into it and dab at the cuts and scrapes. But be prepared for a slight stinging sensation!
14. Reduces a Bruise’s Appearance
While we’re on minor injuries, you can also help in hindering a bruise from getting any worse and darkening further. Of course, it works best if you apply it immediately after you’ve hurt yourself. In some cases, it can even stop the bruise in its tracks completely, especially if applied early enough!
15. Reduces Dandruff
You may have tried everything to get rid of that stubborn dandruff and yet nothing seems to work. Well, instead of tormenting your scalp with even more chemically-ridden products, why not try a natural approach?
Simply rinse your hair with mouthwash after shampooing. For best results, do this a few times a week.
We are sure everyone can find something which will be of use to them from this list. Either way, opting for mouthwash to deal with the problems mentioned above is not only effective, but also saves you a pretty penny! Enjoy and stay healthy dear readers.