The Million-Dollar Question – Why exactly Listerine?
In today’s world, Listerine is most commonly used as a mouthwash, but the real fact is that the people who invented it had much more in mind.
Listerine was firstly formulated in 1879, and it was initially developed as a surgical antiseptic which was also used for all sorts of things. In fact, Listerine wasn’t marketed for bad breath until the 1970s. The reason why this product is incredibly useful is because of the ingredients it contains: thyme, eucalyptus, and alcohol.
1. Rub Listerine Under Your Arms
If you ever find yourself in an unpleasant situation without a deodorant, don’t worry. All you have to do is soak a cotton ball in Listerine and gently dab it under your arms. It will help you fight unpleasant odor whenever you are in a pinch.
2. Soak Your Feet In Listerine
In case you are struggling with toenail fungus, again, Listerine is the perfect solution. Mix 3 cups of warm water with 1 cup of Listerine to make a foot bath and soak your toes for 20 minutes. You can also add a cup of vinegar for particularly bad cases.
3. Rub It On Your Itches
It might sound surprising but dabbing Listerine on your itchy bug bites can provide you the much-needed relief. It is also highly recommended for itchy reactions to poison ivy or poison oak.
4. Pour it Down The Toilet
Listerine can also be used to clean and deodorize your toilet. Just pour a little bit in and use a brush to give it a light scrub. Besides being extremely effective for cleaning your toilet, it will also give it a great shine and a good smell.
5. Wet Your Hair With Listerine
Did you know that Listerine was marketed in the past as a way to get rid of dandruff? If you’re dealing with this boring scalp condition, mix 1/2 cup of Listerine with 1/2 cup of water and apply it to towel dried, clean hair, pouring it as close to the scalp as possible. Gently rub your hair and leave it for 5 minutes before you rinse it thoroughly.
6. Rub It On Your Dog
Instead of using strong chemicals like flea sprays or different products for your pet, just go for Listerine. You can also mix it with shampoo in a bath or dilute it with water and use it as a spray.
7. Rub Listerine On Your Face
Listerine is also great for preventing acne breakouts on sensitive skin. Apply a little bit of Listerine on your face in the morning and before you go to bed.
Note: The eucalyptus and thyme extracts can cause breakouts on allergy-prone skin.
8. Soak Your Toothbrush in Listerine
As you already know, Listerine is used to fight germs in your mouth, but it can also take care of the germs on your toothbrush. Just fill a glass with a little bit of Listerine and let your toothbrush soak. A few hours should be enough to do the trick!
9. Spray It On Your Screen
Yes, you heard it right. Feel free to use Listerine to clean your laptop or TV screen. Pour some Listerine on a piece of cloth and use it to wipe away any fingerprints or unwanted gunk. The minty smell will come as a bonus as opposed to the “chemical” smell from conventional cleaning products.
10. Toss It In The Trash!?
You have to admit, the garbage in your kitchen often smells terrible! In order to prevent that, before putting a garbage bag in the trash bin, put a Listerine-soaked paper towel at the bottom. This will help keep away the bad smell.