Listerine has become a common product used in oral and dental hygiene in recent decades. Introduced more than 130 years ago, Listerine has been through many phases and uses before finally settling on what it is today – an antiseptic mouthwash that is used by more than 1 billion people throughout the world.
Back in 1879, the antiseptic created by doctors was first used as a disinfectant in operating rooms and as a solution for bathing wounds.
Surprising as it may sound; it also has many amazing uses around the house other than killing germs that cause bad breath and preventing and treating plaque, tartar and gingivitis. Listerine even has numerous health and beauty applications.
In fact, your favorite mouthwash can help you all around the house and make you a believer that it’s more than just a mouthwash.
Below are 7 amazing uses of Listerine other than cleaning your mouth.
- Method 1: Keeps Garbage Disposal Units Odor-Free
- Method 2: Cleans Glass
- Method 3: Sanitizes Laundry
- Method 4: Kills Fungi on Plants
- Method 5: Removes Odors from Your Hands
- Method 6: Sanitizes Your Toothbrush
- Method 7: Eliminates Trash Odors
Method 1: Keeps Garbage Disposal Units Odor-Free
Is the odor from your garbage disposal making you not want to go anywhere near your own kitchen? Listerine can help get rid of that odor, so you can get back to enjoying cooking. Plus, it kills the germs building up under your otherwise clean and sparkly kitchen sink.
Single-Step Method: Pour Listerine down the drain and into your garbage disposal
- Pour 2 tablespoons of Listerine down the drain of the kitchen sink where the garbage disposal is located to make it odor- and germ-free.
- Let the mouthwash work for at least 1 hour.
- Run the disposal for 1 minute while running a steady stream of water through it.
Method 2: Cleans Glass
Listerine contains alcohol that can help you clean glass doors and windows around your home.
Single-Step Method: Pour Listerine into a spray bottle and use it to clean windows
- Fill up a spray bottle with Listerine. You can also simply replace the cap of the Listerine bottle with a spray nozzle.
- Spray Listerine on the dirty glass doors and windows.
- Use a microfiber cloth or a crumpled wad of newspaper to wipe the glass so it’s clean and shiny again.
Method 3: Sanitizes Laundry
The next time you do your laundry, don’t forget to add some Listerine to it. With the active ingredients eucalyptol, menthol, thymol and methyl salicylate, its antibacterial properties make it perfect for sanitizing your laundry. It also cleans your washing machine at the same time.
Single-Step Method: Add Listerine to your laundry
- There is no change of procedure for doing your laundry. Wash it as you normally do with your laundry detergent.
- Just add 1 cup of Listerine to the fabric softener compartment before running the wash cycle and get germ-free, sanitized clothes.
Method 4: Kills Fungi on Plants
If your vegetable garden is unproductive due to fungal growth, Listerine can come to your aid. Listerine can kill the fungi on the plants so they can grow greener and fuller. This method works especially well for mildew growth on plant foliage.
Note: Test the solution on a small patch of foliage before spraying the whole garden. If it appears to be too harsh for a particular plant, try another remedy for fungi on plants.
Single-Step Method: Spray diluted Listerine on your plants to kill fungi
- Pour 3 parts water into a spray bottle.
- Add 1 part Listerine to it.
- Put on the nozzle and shake it once to mix the ingredients.
- Spray it on the affected foliage twice a week until the fungal growth is completely eradicated.
Method 5: Removes Odors from Your Hands
So you whipped up a tuna salad and now your hands smell fishy? Certain smells, such as that of fish, garlic, onions and eggs, are so strong that they even stink up the containers they are stored in, not to mention how difficult it is to get them off your hands.
But Listerine can help. The alcohol in Listerine acts as an effective deodorizer to help you clean your smelly hands, along with killing any germs.
Listerine is also an effective remedy against foul body odor.
Single-Step Method: Scrub your smelly hands with Listerine
- Pour some Listerine over your hands, and rub them for a few seconds.
- Rinse and wash your hands with running water.
Method 6: Sanitizes Your Toothbrush
Like Listerine, your toothbrush plays an integral role in your everyday oral hygiene by helping to keep your pearly whites sparkling. But how often do you clean the instrument that is responsible for cleaning your teeth? Probably not very often, if ever.
Listerine can clean your toothbrush and get rid of the germs and bacteria building up in it. This can come in real handy when cold and flu viruses are making the rounds.
Single-Step Method: Soak your toothbrushes in Listerine
- Pour some Listerine into a glass.
- Put the toothbrushes, bristle side down, into the Listerine.
- Let them soak for 15 minutes, then rinse them under running water.
- Repeat once a week to keep your toothbrushes sanitized.
Method 7: Eliminates Trash Odors
Odors coming from your trash can make your home unwelcoming, not to mention unpleasant for you. But it doesn’t have to be that way anymore. One of the amazing uses of Listerine is to make your home free of trash odors and keep it smelling fresh.
Listerine can keep a check on the rot in the garbage, lessening the intensity of the foul odors. It also helps absorb any lingering odor, thus keeping the trash can odor-free.
Step 1. Soak a paper towel in Listerine
- Pour some Listerine into a bowl.
- Fold a paper towel a few times and immerse it completely into the Listerine.
- When the paper towel is soaked through, retrieve it from the bowl.
- Gently squeeze out the dripping liquid without tearing the paper towel.
- Place the Listerine-soaked paper towel at the bottom of the empty trash can.
- Change the paper towel every time you take out the trash.
- Try and use Listerine Original (the amber liquid and not any other variety), as it contains a higher percentage of alcohol and antibacterial properties.
- In addition to the above-mentioned amazing uses, Listerine can also be used to treat skin conditions like shingles.