Listerine: 10 Incredible And Surprising Uses Every One Should Know


Did you know Listerine, which was formulated in 1879, was originally developed as a surgical antiseptic and, historically, has been used for all sorts of things? It actually wasn’t marketed for bad breath until the 1970s! If you’ve got a stash of Listerine sitting in your bathroom closet, check out some of the cool, unconventional ways that you can use it—and maybe save yourself a few bucks!

Check out these 10 surprising alternative uses for everyone’s favorite mouthwash.


1. Underarm Deodorant

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Mouthwash is fantastic for getting rid of stinky breath, but it can kill other odors, too. If you ever find yourself running low on deodorant, dab some Listerine under your arms with a cotton ball to fight off body odor.

2. Refreshing Foot Bath

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A 30-minute soak in Listerine and white vinegar can rid your feet of toenail fungus. Rinse, scrub, and repeat once or twice a day and you should see the infection clear right up.

3. Clean Toilet Bowls

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Nobody likes lingering toilet odors. In a pinch, you can clean your toilet by pouring in a little mouthwash. Scrub with your toilet brush for a minty-fresh bowl.

4. Put A Stop To Itching

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Are mosquitoes giving you a hard time? Is poison ivy ruining your skin? Grab some mouthwash. Dabbing some Listerine on bug bites and other infected areas on your skin can help relieve the itching sensation.


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