- Benefits of mouthwash
- Beauty uses for mouthwash
- Household uses for mouthwash
- How mouthwash can help your pets
Do you use mouthwash as part of your dental hygiene routine? It turns out, mouthwash isn't just good for getting rid of plaque! This multi-tasking product can be used in and around the home in so many different ways
Today we're sharing the many different uses for mouthwash with you, our loyal readers, to help you get the most out of this powerful product.
Benefits of mouthwash
Why do some of us insist on using mouthwash to get a minty-fresh mouth before heading out for the day? It's not just the scent that mouthwash has got going for it, but also its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
These properties along with essential oils such as menthol, eucalyptol, methyl salicylate and thymol are what make it useful for such a variety of things, from cleansing skin to getting rid of ticks.
Beauty uses for mouthwash
Don't listen to everything the beauty magazines tell you - often, the solution for your beauty blunders is already hiding in your cabinet. Discover how pretty mouthwash can make you look today in the list below.
1. Nail fungus treatment
If your toes are showing the first signs of a fungal infection, grab a bottle of mouthwash. Make a 1:1 solution of mouthwash and white vinegar, and apply to the affected area with a cotton wool pad two to three times a day.
This treatment is also useful for preventing a fungal infection - wise as once you're infected, it's difficult to eradicate.
2. Reduce the appearance of a bruise
If you've had a little knock or bash to your body, immediately rub in some mouthwash to the area. You can help prevent the bruise from developing too dark.
3. DIY mosquito repellant
If you're on holiday and forgot to bring the mossie repellant, fret not! People claim that mouthwash has worked to discourage bugs from biting and keep their skin irritation-free - it could work for you too!
4. A travel hand sanitiser
Mouthwash is super useful for those on the go, and a DIY hand sanitizer is just one of the reasons why.
To make your own, pour some mouthwash into a travel spray bottle. Make sure your mouthwash is alcohol-based and sugar-free, to keep it free of stickiness.
5. An emergency alternative to deodorant
Here's another handy tip for when you're travelling or if you just happen to be out of deodorant.
Apply some mouthwash to your underarms using a piece of tissue and it will keep them smelling fresh all day long.
Caution: do not use this method on freshly shaven armpits as it will sting on open wounds.
6. Refresh your feet after a long day
Tired, smelly feet?
If you've been on your feet all day, give yourself a refreshing foot soak by mixing a cup of mouthwash into a large container of water. This will refresh and soften your feet as well as kill any bad bacteria that might be brewing.
7. Treat mild cases of dandruff
Tried everything to treat your dandruff? A clever, budget beauty tip is to use an alcohol-based mouthwash as a rinse after shampooing your hair.
Do this a few times a week and you should start to see an improvement.
8. Look after your piercings
Piercings require ongoing care. It's extremely important to take care of your piercings, especially if they are in intimate areas like the mouth and belly.
To clean yours, dip cotton wool in mouthwash to disinfect and prevent infection.
For an alternative, try tea tree oil for piercings.
9. Deep clean your skin
An astringent is a water-based solution, that when applied to the skin, is meant to shrink or constrict the skin and close pores so skin feels tighter.
Many people use a toner as opposed to an astringent these days, but if used occasionally it can help remove dirt, makeup and oil from the skin that cleansers can miss.
Dilute mouthwash and water in your mouthwash cap and pour onto a cotton pad before applying to your skin for a fresh and bright complexion.
10. Get rid of pimples
As most mouthwashes are antiseptic, they can also be useful for treating spots and pimples.
Listerine is particularly renowned for its soothing and calming effect. Apply just a small amount of the mouthwash to a cotton bud and dab onto pimples to help get rid of bacteria and dry them out.
Household uses for mouthwash
Time to get out of the bathroom - mouthwash is useful for other things too.
Check them out!
11. Garlic odour remover
As well as removing the odour from your mouth, mouthwash can get rid of the smell of garlic on your hands too.
After using garlic, massage mouthwash into your hands before washing as usual - magic!
12. Clean minor cuts and scrapes
Did you know that mouthwash was first used as a surgical antiseptic before people figured out its mouth-cleaning properties?
Its antiseptic properties can disinfect minor cuts. Simply dab it on with a cotton pad - just be prepared for a little sting!
13. Get super fresh laundry
Sports socks and gym clothes can be particularly smelly. Plus, fabrics such as lycra make odour removal even more difficult.
Give smelly laundry a disinfecting clean to get rid of stubborn smells by adding a cup of mouthwash to your load.
14. Keep bugs at bay
Are you a keen gardener?
When planting flowers and shrubbery outside, you'll need to take extra measures to keep bugs from destroying them.
An easy, cheap and effective way to keep bugs at bay is using mouthwash. Dilute 1 part Listerine with 2 parts water and spray over plants to discourage bugs and help your plants flourish.
15. Make cut flowers last longer
It's so devastating when a beautiful bunch of flowers starts to droop.
Mix 1 tablespoon of mouthwash with 4 pints of water and replace the water in the flower vase with this mixture. It will help kill the bacteria that accelerate decomposition and make your flowers last longer.
16. Disinfect your toothbrush
Toothbrushes need cleaning too! They harbour a whole host of germs if not cleaned regularly, not only from your mouth but picked up from the bathroom too.
To clean yours, dip them in a small cup of mouthwash and leave submerged for 10 minutes. Give it a good rinse and it'll be clean and feel fresher than ever!
17. Emergency toilet bowl cleaner
Run out of bleach? Mouthwash will do the job for now.
Pour it around the bowl and leave it to sit for a few hours. Then give it a good scrub with a toilet brush and flush.
Do you know if you should be flushing hair down the loo? Read our guide to find out!
18. Rescue your plants from mildew and fungus
Looking after houseplants is notoriously tricky!
How mouthwash can help your pets
We're not quite done with our list yet! There are still a few uses for mouthwash that will come in handy for those of you with furry friends...
19. Prevent your cat from peeing indoors
Is your cat struggling to find its way to the litterbox?
If your cat has peed in an area they shouldn't, like a rug or the corner of a room, it's likely they'll return to do the deed again unless you get rid of the smell entirely or replace the scent of pee with something they dislike.
Enter mouthwash! Spray the area with a mix of 1 cup of water and 3 tablespoons of clear mouthwash. The minty smell won't be noticeable to humans, but cats will find it too intense.
20. Get rid of stubborn ticks on pets
Do you seem to be in an endless battle with ticks?
If you're struggling to get rid of a tick on your dog, grab some mouthwash and douse an old tea towel with it. Place it over the infected area and leave it there for a minute. The tick should let go!
Did you know there were so many uses for mouthwash? If you know of any more, please share them with us in the comments below.